Family-friendly fun organized for Earth Day festivities at Macomb High School

MACOMB — The beauty and wonder of nature took center stage during Earth Day at Macomb High School on Saturday.
About 300 people came to the campus to browse booth displays, participate in hands-on crafts and wonder at the reptiles and amphibians that were for many the highlight of their visit. Some also availed themselves of a free ride in a Tesla electric car, or flew colorful kites under overcast and windy skies.
Table displays covered diverse topics including worm composting, mosquito surveillance, bat varieties, fungi and mushroom varieties, and more. Children had opportunities to make their own mushroom, have their face painted, color pictures and play games.
The activities were designed to inspire appreciation for the natural world and to encourage attendees to take steps to protect it. According to the official website, earthday.org, the first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. The event drew about 20 million Americans from all walks of life and political parties to participate in events across the U.S. Later that same year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created under then-President Richard Nixon.
Worldwide, about one billion people participate in Earth Day every year. This year’s theme is “Earth Day is Every Day: End Plastic Pollution.”

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