By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterApril 17, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 17, 2013) -- Monday, it's estimated that more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day and help "Mobilize the Earth."
People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection; people will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations and governments to do their part to help move toward a greener future, according to Darrell Hager, Fort Rucker environmental protection specialist.
"Forty three years ago, groups around the country that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife realized they shared common values," said Hager. And their fight "led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts," he said.
Fort Rucker will continue its support of a cleaner America by celebrating Earth Day April 24 at the festival fields from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with its annual expo.
"People should come because of what they will see and discover. They will learn about new innovations in green technologies and products for the home, office and industry," said Hager.
Around 10 exhibitors will be displaying their products and services. Some exhibitors include Discovery Recycling, Alabama Power, Urban Survival Gear and Grainger.
"Urban Survival Gear sells survival kits with items like solar chargers for electronic equipment and water purification systems. Discovery Recycling not only offers a full range of recycling services, but has some innovative ideas [people] can do to repurpose items in [a] home. Solar Pro will be demonstrating some of their technologies for water heating and energy efficiency. Southeast Alabama Gas District will be displaying their natural gas powered vehicle, and Interstate Batteries will show their solar battery chargers among other services they offer," said Hager.
There will be other exhibitor representatives such as Army and Air Force Exchange Services and Walter Surface technologies, which will be displaying the earth friendly products they sell.
Several other companies have promised to come and display products like energy efficient air conditioning and lighting systems, water purification systems and environmental sampling.
Alabama Power will also bring the popular Tesla electric sports car and other vehicles to the event.
Attendees of the expo will learn a lot about environmentally friendly products, environmental equipment, and get info on how to get set up with the recycling center's new incentive program, and there will be door prizes, according to Melissa Lowlavar, environmental branch chief.
"People will learn that a lot of ways to stay green will save people money. We want to show people products that they might not typically see or buy," she said, adding that children are encouraged to come.
"We want parents to bring their children out so they can learn about environmentally sustainable practices," she said. "We need to teach them while they are young how to conserve and how to live sustainably, that way they will know how to do it in the future."
It is import to keep green work moving forward, according to Hagar, and headway has been made, but the challenges are still out there.
"With increasing populations and decreasing resources we must learn to use what we have wisely. Fort Rucker and the U.S. Army have no small part in that. We must show our support for the wise use of our dwindling resources and help instruct our community in the established and emerging technologies available to do just that," he said.