Communities across the country will gather this weekend to mark Earth Day. Havertown will be no exception, thanks to the efforts of environmental advocate Aurora Dizel and the Haverford Township Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC).
A wide range of environmentally-focused activities will take place at the CREC on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. as part of the 2018 Haverford Earth Day Celebration. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive an electric car provided by Armen Chevrolet, learn about bats with Riverbend Environmental Center, learn about recycling, worm bin composting, and participate in tree planting – just to name a few of the activities planned.
Dizel, who took over planning of the Earth Day event in 2015, says the event has grown every year and this may just be the best year yet.
“We have more sponsors, educational booths and service projects than ever,” she says.
Like many of the volunteers on the EAC, Dizel joined the committee because of a deep interest in local environmental issues.
“I have always cared about the environment. I am a lifelong gardener, inspired by working with my grandmother in the garden as a child,” explains Dizel, who worked in corporate banking before becoming a stay-at-home mother to her two children. “When I joined the EAC, I was looking for a way to get outside and become involved in something meaningful in my community.”
The EAC meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the township building. Meetings are open to the public, and Dizel says new members are always welcome.
“Anyone who has an interest in the environment is welcome,” she says. “We have some people with professional backgrounds in environmental fields, and some who are simply passionate about helping and learning as they go –like me! Both are important and valued within our group.”
In addition to the annual Earth Day celebration, the EAC also hosts the “Green Zone” at Haverford Township Day every October, which is a dedicated area for environmentally-friendly businesses and non-profit organizations.
And as Havertown residents gear up for spring landscaping projects, another great resource is the Hav-A-Rain Garden group, which is working towards installing 100 rain gardens over the next ten years in Haverford Township. The group installs ten gardens per year – for free – on residential properties. Residents who are interested in receiving a garden can request an assessment and submit an application, and the group is always looking for volunteers to help with installation. The gardens are a great way to manage storm water, which helps protect local waterways.
A lot has changed since Earth Day was founded nearly 50 years ago; however, the idea that citizens can make simple changes to help reduce their impact remains the central message of the day.
Details: 2018 Haverford Earth Day at the CREC (9000 Parkview Road, Haverford). 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Rain or Shine. More details and a list of sponsors can be found here.