Stepping Into the Shoes of an Earth Day Volunteer
After the Earth Day event at the Upper Sand Creek Basin planned and lead by Antioch Earth Team, several interns took some time to step into the shoes of volunteers and consider what they might have been noticing and thinking about on Earth Day 2018.
“For this Earth Day I decided to be more progressive. I heard about an Earth Day event being held next to Deer Valley High by a group of interns named Earth Team. Then, I heard Extra Credit was going to be given by some teachers for going and I was in need of some free extra credit and interested in what was beyond that fence on the edge of town. I woke earlier than I usually do on Saturdays and I was on my way. I was one of the first people to get there, and it seemed like some of the people there might be kind of weird. Luckily, there was some food and coffee, so I just ate until the activities commenced. That day was really hot which made the event sort of tough, but the litter clean up was fun. After the event, I called my mom and had her pick me up. It was different for me since I’ve never done something like that. But overall I enjoyed the outing and feel really good about myself for once!”
This volunteer journal entry, written by Earth Team interns, takes the opportunity to reflect on what it means for community members to start to become involved in issues related to the environment. Events like Earth Day are a good opportunity for community members to test the waters of environmental advocacy, and learn that everyone has an important and fulfilling role to play in making our planet a better place!