Point Roberts embraces Earth Day

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By Meg Olson

Earth Day celebrations and activities are popping up all over the Point! With earth-inspired art at the primary school, music and prayers at the church and at the beach and a trash pickup along APA Road, the community is sharing its commitment to protecting the planet.

Friday, April 22 is the 46th Earth Day celebration, and the fifth year the Point has held its own celebration at Lighthouse Marine Park.

Heidi Baxter will be weaving on an earth loom, which has been erected next to the covered section of the boardwalk. “She will start it and anyone is invited to join,” said organizer Bev Mar. “We will be able to weave natural beach material into it.”

Participants are invited to bring a musical instrument, a thought, a prayer, a dance or any way they would like to honor and celebrate the earth, Mar said. She will be putting up wind flags created over the last five years of community Earth Day celebrations. “We will have some there for anyone who wants to paint or write their own flag.”

This year’s Earth Day celebration also features a strong information component, Mar said. There will be a demonstration and information on Earthing, a grounding technique, “walking on the earth in order to create more balance between the human body and the earth.”

The Point Roberts Homegrown Co-op will be at the information table with handouts sharing information on the eco-friendly growing practices they use at the Benson Road farm. Andrew Grubb, one of the co-op directors, will also share information about how to support this year’s Earth Day theme, “Trees for the Earth,” from planting a tree in your backyard to what we can do as a community to strengthen our forest.

Earth Day Network has set a goal to plant 7.2 billion trees worldwide by the movement’s 50th anniversary in 2020 – one for every person on Earth. The ambitious goal was chosen as one of five initiatives to make a measurable and significant impact for a healthier planet, according to the organization’s website, by combating climate change, cleaning the air and fostering environmentally sustainable communities. For more information visit earthday.org/earth-day.

The Point Roberts Earth Day celebration starts at 4 p.m. at Lighthouse Marine Park but will move to the community center in the case of inclement weather.

Earth Day events will continue on Saturday, April 23, with a trash pickup along APA Road beginning at 10 a.m. On Sunday, April 24 the Trinity Church worship service will feature “music celebrating the beauty of the Earth and thought on the values of a sustainable planet,” Mar said, and a sermon featuring the words of Chief Seattle.

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