What do trees, massages, spiders, flowers, water, fish, big brooms and bees have in common?
They are the answers to the question I posed, “What would you give Mother Earth for her birthday?” The answers came from everyone at the San Juan Capistrano's 11th annual Earth Day Fair Thursday, organized by Ziad Mazboudi, a senior civil engineer with the city.
Waves of school children entered the city gymnasium, 20-30 kids at a time, to check out exhibits designed to raise awareness about a variety of environmental issues.
The tables were full of freebees at each table, and each student went home with a bag full of with new pencils, rulers, rubber duckies, and all kinds of environmentally friendly reading and coloring.
Here are some things I learned. Of course we all know to recycle reduce and reuse. But what about what you do when no one is watching?
- Did you turn off the water when you brushed your teeth today?
- Did you recycle the can from your lunch?
- Did you properly dispose of your engine oil?
- Do you turn off the lights much?
My impression from today was an earnest concern to share what vendors were passionate about, whether it be organic foods, bees, recycled water, trees and technology that brings electric free light to your home.
Mother Earth, like all good mothers, unconditionally loves us all, however and unfortunately, oftentimes we don’t take the small steps that are needed to respect her, and do the small things that we could and should do to give back to her.
“This is not intended to be a field trip, but a place to share learning about environmental engineering and how important it is for everyone in the community,” Ziad said.
The common theme and thread was the need to impress upon children at an early age their power in taking small steps to changing the environment.
Local student Leliani Lapoint was all smiles at booth.
“I’m growing a garden at home with lots of vegetables, and I’m excited about it,” she said.
Another environmentally oriented activity is scheduled Saturday. From 7 a.m. to noon, San Juan Capistrano will team up with Goodwill of Orange County to host a free e-waste disposal and document shredding event.
Folks who drop by the e-waste event can also receive free compost from 7-10 a.m. The city is joining forces with CR&R and other South Orange County cities to host the compost giveaway in the parking lot.
Simply bring the coupon in your CR&R bill (or download it) and bring it to the event to receive up to two free bags of compost.
Residents and businesses can dispose of electronic waste such as old cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, VCR/DVD players, TVs, microwaves and other small appliances free of charge.