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Editorial: Events highlight environment

Posted by Don West on April 18, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 1:00 am | Editorial

Anyone with even a remote interest in the environment can learn something this week by taking part in a series of programs leading up to Earth Day on Sunday.

Planet Carroll — Our Environmental Future, is a partnership between students and faculty of McDaniel College and Carroll Community College, local environmental groups and others.

The week kicked off Monday with events, including a recycling art show, at McDaniel College’s Ensor Lounge.

Today features Earth Day activities in the Great Hall at Carroll Community College from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Wednesday the community college will host an energy event with BGE from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. After that will be a screening of the film “Cool It.”

Thursday features an Earth Day event at Carroll Hospital Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as a Community Matters Film Series/Discussion on “No Impact Man” at Carroll Community College at 7 p.m.

A concert at the community college’s amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m. Friday.

Saturday features the group’s biggest event, a series of panel discussions at McDaniel College on climate change, extreme weather, water quality, solid waste and growth and development.

The idea for the panel discussion grew out of a controversial anti-environmental summit that the board of county commissioners sponsored last year.

That event took place outside the county and featured a panel of climate change deniers.

On Sunday, the week wraps up with a tree planting by Boy Scout Troop 395 at Freedom Park in Sykesville from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From Scouts and kids, to college students and institutes of higher learning, it is good to see such a broad base of residents who are interested in protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources.

While some skeptics may think that our way of life has little or no impact on the environment, an overwhelming majority can see things differently. From pollution of our air, water and ground to how we use our precious natural resources, how we live today will determine the quality of life that we leave for our children, and their children after them.

Protecting our Earth for future generations should be a top priority. The organizers of this week’s events have a lot to be proud of. The weeklong series of events promises to offer something for everyone.

© 2012 Carroll County Times.

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