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We’re All About Protecting Paradise This Earth Day

The beaches of Destin FL

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22. When you live (or vacation) in Destin, with its stunning shoreline and marine ecosystems, the importance of protecting paradise hits home.

According to earthday.org, back in 1970, a senator from Wisconsin formed the idea for Earth Day after witnessing the damage done to the coast of California after a major oil spill. Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted to bring attention to air and water pollution, and maximize the youthful energy of that era to bring about change. The date, April 22, was chosen because it was between spring break and final exams—and students would be able to participate.

That’s why we’re so excited for the Earth Day 2017 celebration at the Destin Community Center this Friday! It honors the original intent of Earth Day to involve students and prepare the next generation to care for the environment. On April 21, at 3 p.m., Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters will bring a boatload of animals to teach kids ages 6-12 the importance of their role in caring for the Earth.

The two-hour wildlife show will include a parrot, turtle, toad, tarantula, snake, and even a hissing cockroach. Nonie lets kids and parents get up-close and personal with each animal (if you choose) to form a better understanding of Gulf Coast wildlife. When you know what’s going on in your backyard, you can make wiser and more caring decisions for the planet!

Nonie’s educational show will focus on the Four Rs practiced right here in Destin: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Renew. You’ll learn how to reduce waste so it doesn’t take up valuable land for animal ecosystems in landfills, as well as reusing or recycling packaging in easy, insightful ways. Don’t forget about renewing our planet by starting at home—you can plant flowers or trees, collect rain water, and use compost to enrich the soil.

Earth Day’s global celebration this year emphasizes environmental and climate literacy, and “greening” our schools. Let kids take these ideas from Destin’s Earth Day celebration back to school to share with their classmates, teachers, and even school district!

After all, when you live in paradise, you want to protect it for generations to come.

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