Earth Day Celebrations 2021 focus on Earth Justice
Key School has participated in Earth Day since 1970, when this national day of service was initiated. From school-wide festivities on the actual day, April 22, to stewardship activities peppered throughout an entire week, Key School’s celebration of Earth Day has evolved over the decades. This year Key School will focus on the theme of Earth justice from April 12 - April 30, 2021.
Earth justice, also called environmental justice, reflects the fundamental reality that vulnerable communities are all too often subject to the disproportionate burden of pollution and contamination. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities across the United States pay the highest price for environmental justice issues brought upon by polluters.
Environmental/Earth justice is defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
Reflecting on the upcoming work, Lower School Science and Environmental Coordinator Amy Cline explained, “Key School is committed to helping students understand how they can make positive change in how human beings should be treated and in how we treat the Earth. It is clear that these two topics are deeply interconnected but often misunderstood. This year, my colleagues and I will offer classroom discussions and projects that expand the concept of Earth Day to learning about the ideas within Environmental/Earth Justice.”
More to come!