Grand Traverse County Celebrates Earth Day With Fun, Important Lessons

Happy Earth Day!

The holiday is a worldwide celebration of our beautiful planet and all the great things it has to offer.

What better place is there to celebrate in than beautiful Northern Michigan?

On Sunday in Traverse City, hundreds of people gathered for a celebration and for some lessons on how to help protect our planet.

“It is important to celebrate our earth and I think it’s easy to take it for granted, so today we can really pay attention to those things” Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Director Kristine Erickson said.

Northern Michigan is one of the best areas in the world to stop and look around, a truly great place to teach the importance of our planet.

“We’re really excited because this is our second annual event and I think we already tripled attendance this is amazing,” Kristine explained.

From face-painting to finding fun in composting, they even helped the youngest generation become environmentally aware.

Six year-old Eiji Raftery got a chance to view one of his favorite animals, and taught us a little about composting.

“I like getting dirty in the dirt that I put in the compost. You shouldn’t throw stuff like food in the trash, you should give it to pigs,” Eiji explained

Seven year-old Andrew Schrader learned more about the planet he calls home.

“It’s near my birthday and I just love recycling and helping the earth, so I like Earth Day. I like outdoors, I love animals, plants are my favorite other thing,” Andrew said.

A certain animal still hasn’t won him over, though.

“The only thing I don’t like in the summer at night is the mosquitos,” Andrew added.

Nevertheless, the kids head home with more knowledge to help make sure we continue to celebrate our planet for years to come.

“You recycle stuff and you be healthy to the earth,” Eiji added.