Earth Day

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday, promoting the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Assemblymen Willie Dunne was one of the resolution sponsors.

“To increase awareness that we need to protect our fisheries, our wildlife, our wild areas, I think this is just one little tool in increasing awareness and, as somebody else said, being good stewards for the Earth,” Dunne said.

Carrie Henson, of Kalifornsky, called in to the Zoom meeting to talk about the correlation of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

“From how quickly our air quality around the world has improved with everyone hunkering down to how our state’s dependence on oil has put us in grave economic jeopardy, as oil prices go into the negative. A window into the future of when oil is no longer a resource we can rely on,” Henson said.

Jan Wallace, with the recycling organization ReGroup, called in to say that individual Earth Day efforts are still encouraged, even if group activities had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

“You can have a cleanup in your area, especially of plastic, which is damaging our wildlife. If you take pictures of an area before and after your cleanup, post it to hashtag trashtag,” Wallace said.