Volunteering on Earth Day and All Year Round

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by Robert Barossi

As we end March and begin April, Earth Day is fast approaching. The observance of Earth Day on April 22nd has been an important opportunity to celebrate the planet since the event first began back in 1970. Every year, volunteers are an essential part of Earth Day activities, with volunteers often taking an leading and inspiring role in numerous ways. This article from Atlanta INtown demonstrates how these activities and events take place all month long, not just on the 22nd. And at the vast majority of them, volunteers play a major role.

It’s not too early to start planning your own Earth Day activities. Here are a few helpful sites: Earth Day Network¬† and the U.S. EPA’s Earth Day Page

Environmental Volunteers from the Armed Services

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(Photo by Robert Barossi)

By Robert Barossi

Today, a great story out of Marine Corps Base Quantico. Under the guidance of the Natural Resources Branch, 80 to 100 people volunteer on a number of conservation projects, from trapping turkeys for banding to posting signs and fixing bridges. Many of these volunteers are retired military personnel, including retired colonels. This article provides an example of how the military gets involved in environmental conservation and how volunteering for the environment is a rewarding and exciting activity for retired people from all walks of life. Check out the full story here.