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SAN ANTONIO -- Each year the U.S. Army Environmental Command works with Army environmental leaders to develop the Army Earth Day Poster. Earth Day is held on April 22 each year and is the largest environmental outreach effort conducted Army-wide. This year’s theme is Restore the Earth.

The Army has done a lot of work restoring Army lands through installation restoration activities, compliance cleanup, military munitions response and removal, threatened and endangered species protection, ecosystem and habitat recovery, forestry management, range management, operational range assessments, migratory bird protection, wildlife monitoring, recycling activities, conservation easements and agreements, partnerships with federal and nonprofit conservation organizations, school and scout partnerships, and installation Earth Day activities.

Earth Day celebrations provide an opportunity to share environmental successes with Army installation residents, workers, and neighbors, as well as a time to band together to cleanup Army lands. When combined with Month of the Military Child events, installation environmental staff can reach children with environmental messages to help start them on environmental stewardship early and inspire them to pay attention to their effect on the Earth, so they too can work on restoring the Earth.

Posters can be ordered in two sizes and are provided free of charge to Army organizations that order through a mail dot mil address. Orders are taken in January and February and delivered in April. Posters ordered are shipped direct from the printer to save costs. Orders not received by Feb. 23 cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time for Earth Day. If posters and products are not received by April 8, the requestor should contact the USAEC Public Affairs Office so the order can be tracked and replaced if necessary. Posters are also available for download for electronic presentations on the USAEC website at https://aec.army.mil/index.php/earth-day.

Visitors to the website can also find downloadable wallpaper for phones and computer monitors, additional Earth Day products like an Earth Day Planning Guide, Do Your Part posters, Army Environmental Program infographic, and links to useful websites.

Since April is the Month of the Military Child, USAEC also produces children’s activity books. This year copies of a Mosquito Activity Book can be ordered and delivered right from the printer to support Army environmental outreach efforts. If you miss the order deadline, USAEC may be able to provide some copies of older activity books from their stock.

The website contains links to two other children’s activity books, as well as a coloring page of this year’s poster, and maze activity page all available for download and local printing. And the ever popular endangered species bookmarks can be ordered by separate email. Instructions are available at https://aec.army.mil/index.php/earth-day. Bookmarks come in packages of 20 of the same bookmark.

The back of the poster includes a small version of each of the posters developed since 1997 and an archive of the full size version of those posters is available for download in jpg or pdf format at https://aec.army.mil/index.php?cID=477.

USAEC public affairs officers can assist you with your Earth Day efforts. Call 443-243-0313 or 210-792-6683 or email USARMY.JBSA.AEC.MBX@mail.mil.

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