This year on April 22, the U.S. Army joins the nation in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Many Army commands, installations and organizations in the continental United States and around the world celebrate Earth Day each April.
To recognize the observance, the Army Environmental Command (AEC) develops, prints and distributes Earth Day posters Army wide, on behalf of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. Army organizations use these posters at their Earth Day events and post in visitor areas to raise awareness of environmental stewardship activities and accomplishments on their installation. Electronic versions are made available for download on the AEC Earth Day webpage.
AEC is encouraging all installations to order their posters soon. The Feb. 21 deadline gives AEC time to print and deliver posters by Apr. 1. The posters are shipped directly from the printer in sufficient copies to meet the requests and ensure receipt prior to Earth Day events.
"Often organizations come to us after the deadline and their requests cannot be accommodated," said Col. Isaac Manigault, AEC commander. "We want to ensure everyone has what they need for a successful Earth Day."
AEC also produces information products to support installation observances which are available for download at https://aec.army.mil/index.php/earth-day. Wallpaper for cell phones or computers displaying the current Earth Day poster can be downloaded by anyone. A children's coloring page representative of the current poster and an Earth Day maze activity page are also available for download to support Earth Day events that include children.
A guide to help planners establish Earth Day celebrations is available at https://aec.army.mil/application/files/7815/0109/0709/aedguide.pdf. An infographic to help educate people on the scope of the Army's environmental program is available at https://aec.army.mil/application/files/3015/5534/8163/aec_info_landscape2019.pdf.
A poster that shows what individuals can do themselves is available at https://aec.army.mil/application/files/4615/0109/1112/Do_Your_Part_AED_Poster.pdf.
"We hope Earth Day planners find these resources useful, but we are always looking for ways to improve the program," said AEC's Command Sgt. Maj. Louis De Leon, Jr.
Army Earth Day planners can also order printed copies of bookmarks with photos and descriptions of endangered species protected on Army installations, as well as a coloring and activity book for events that include children. Bookmarks come in packs of 20.
Though the Earth Day observance was originally designed to bring public awareness to environmental issues, the Army uses this day to highlight environmental successes and help people understand the criticality of sound environmental stewardship. Environmental stewardship is vital to ensuring Army training areas have the natural infrastructure necessary to enable realistic training. Environmental stewardship also improves the quality of life for those that live or work on Army installations and benefits neighboring communities.
This Earth Day, and every day, we all have an opportunity to make a difference and improve our environment. See what you can do at https://aec.army.mil/application/files/4615/0109/1112/Do_Your_Part_AED_Poster.pdf.
Many Army installations offer opportunities to participate in environmental related activities and to learn more about the Army's environmental initiatives, as well as what other community organizations are doing.
"We encourage everyone to participate in Army Earth Day events and do their part to foster environmental stewardship worldwide," said De Leon.
"Taking care of the environment today secures the future for our Army and our nation," said Manigault.