Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and the Virgin Islands are hosting a series of public events to celebrate. The activities began on Saturday, April 17, 2010, on St. Thomas with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s annual Pro-Enviro Fair, held in conjunction with the V.I. Education Department’s Read-on-the-Green event.
The activities continue Tuesday and Wednesday with the St. Croix Environmental Association’s annual Earth Day Eco-fair. For two days, youngsters from the island’s public, private and parochial schools will be educated on ways to protect the environment in the beautiful surroundings of the St. George village Botanical Gardens. Another event coordinated by SEA is Project Clean. Held on April 24 and 25, its purpose is to clean litter off the route of the upcoming triathlon. The route has been divided into sections and SEA is recruiting groups to take a section to clean during the weekend.
The Virgin Islands National Park and the Friends of the V.I. National Park have also planned several events for St. John. The 2010 Earth Day Environmental Fair is scheduled for Friday at the National Park Ball Field in Cruz Bay from 9am to 1pm. Booths with various presenters will entertain and educate children about their environment. The organization purchased 1,000 reusable water bottles to hand out to kids.
A new event in St. John is Reef Fest, organized in conjunction with the V.I. Marine Advisory Service. Reef Fest will be held April 24 at Hawksnest Beach from noon to 5pm. Shuttle service will be available from Mongoose Junction all day. Also on St. John, participants of the Friends’ Adopt-A-Beach/Trail program will be scheduling beach clean-ups throughout the week.
The Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John is planning a tour of the Bovoni landfill and wastewater treatment plant for residents to get a better understanding of the way the territory deals with waste. The tour will end with snorkeling in Stalley Bay, home to endangered species of coral, which is located next to the dump. EPA and local scientists and biologists will give presentations before participants take a breathtaking view of the bay in what EAST President Jason Budsan describes as “fantastic; incredible, incredible waters.” Participants should wear comfortable, closed shoes and bring sun protection, water, a bag lunch, a bathing suit, and snorkel gear.
For more information on Earth Day events contact (340) 775-6048 on St. Thomas, (340) 779-4940 on St. John and, (340) 773-1989 on St. Croix.
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