Earth Day project brings U.S. and German children together
By Ms. Bianca Sowders (Franconian News)April 30, 2019
Ansbach, Germany -- The USAG Ansbach Environmental Office hosted a project day at Soldiers Lake on Urlas April 30, 2019 in observance of the annual Earth Day. They welcomed about 170 students from 3rd to 5th grade of Ansbach Elementary school and the 1st and 2nd graders of Rusam Elementary School in Sachsen near Ansbach.The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and educate the children on the importance of Earth's ecosystems. In eight different stations, the students found out about a specific ecosystem, its challenges and problems and worked on potential solutions.Volunteers, garrison employees and representatives from German environmental offices staffed the stations, which discussed the water cycle and water quality, water insects, the beehives by the Environmental Education Center and the organization and honey production of bees. A shepherd brought sheep to look at and pet, a beaver display explained the beavers' lifestyle and activities at Soldiers Lake, and a forest station showed forest management and the importance of tree protection.The children were separated in small working groups and rotated through the stations, where the topics were discussed at an age-appropriate level.To view more photos of the event, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/usagansbachphotos/sets/72157706842623341About the Earth Day Network: Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Their mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. They pursue their mission through a combination of education, public policy, and activism campaigns. Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 20,000 partners and organizations in 190 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.