Although people weren’t able to celebrate Earth Day the way they wanted, the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) hosted a live broadcast to honor the day. while staying safe inside.
“I’ll be honest. I was quite disappointed that we weren’t going to be able to meet in person, and so I’m really happy that we were able to get together like this virtually,” said EGLE director Liesl. Clark.
Usually it is a big party organized by EGLE in Lansing with other organizations.
But due to COVID-19, EGLE virtually celebrated an event to bring people together and teach children how to protect our Earth.
EGLE also honored the EGLE student posters and the winners of the School Service Award.
“We just wanted to make sure we didn’t lose some of the excitement, and that’s one way we thought we could do it under these circumstances,” EGLE spokesperson Nick Assendelft said.
50 years of celebrating Mother Earth is a milestone, but EGLE reminds people of the need to celebrate this occasion every year, and most importantly, every day.
“There are so many things you can do to help our environment and help our Earth, and we believe these are habits people can adopt and use in their daily lives,” Assendelft said.
EGLE is optimistic the circumstances will be different next year when people can interact with each other again.
“This is not how we wanted to celebrate Earth Day, there are so many reasons why this is not how I wanted to celebrate Earth Day, but thanks for making my a little brighter day, ”said Clark.
In the meantime, they encourage people to continue their studies.