SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  15 March 2012
Volume 13 Issue 3

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SETAC on Earth Day and World Environment Day 2012

Jodi Mohs-Davis, 3M Environmental Lab, Chris Ivey, US Geological Survey

The 42nd Earth Day, 22 April 2012, is a little more than a month away, with World Environment Day to follow on 5 June. Earth Day and World Environment Day serve to increase awareness of important environmental quality issues including sustainable development, water resources, energy, recycling and waste reduction, green economy, conservation and biodiversity, and environmental education. Many of these issues are within SETAC's mission. While individual members of SETAC regularly participate in Earth Day and World Environment Day activities and celebrations, SETAC as an organization can bring sound science to the dialogue.

Earth Day
Earth Day festivities

We’d like to share what we've learned so far about planned activities by SETAC members for Earth Day and World Environment Day. For resources and links to learn more about planned events from around the globe, please take a look at the activities guide posted on the SETAC website. You can also find a SETAC poster that you might find useful for your Earth Day and World Environment Day activities.

The SETAC at Earth Day 2012 link on the SETAC Communities page under Open Communities is a place for you to share materials that you developed for an Earth Day or World Environment Day activity (such as teaching at a school, etc.). If you go there now, you'll find a fun classroom presentation for elementary school-aged children entitled "Water: Our Most Important Natural Resource." Maybe you’ll decide to adapt it and use it in your community’s elementary school. Now imagine that SETAC had a portfolio of these presentations for our members to share with kids around the world on Earth Day and World Environment Day. Then ask yourself, what’s stopping us from doing that?

Earth Day
Friends of the Colorado Lagoon

One collaborative Earth Day activity planned for this year is hosted and coordinated by the non-profit organization Friends of the Colorado Lagoon. The Colorado Lagoon is an 18-acre urban wetland habitat located in Long Beach, California, site of the 2012 SETAC North America Annual Meeting. The lagoon is currently undergoing major restoration efforts to improve sediment and water quality to mitigate decades of contamination resulting from unfiltered storm water runoff entering the lagoon from five urban watersheds. To date, tens of thousands of volunteers have removed over 25,000 pounds of non-native invasive plants, have planted several thousand native coastal habitat plants, and have actively researched and learned about wetlands at the Colorado Lagoon. If you’re in the Long Beach area, a great opportunity to learn about the restoration project and help the Lagoon is to participate in the 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, 20 April, with "ECOnversations" and from 10 a.m.–noon on Sunday, 22 April, with a habitat planting and volunteer appreciation party. For more information, contact or visit

Elsewhere, SETAC will be partnering with the USGS lab and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Earth Day celebration. This event is described as being very "kid-oriented" with 5th-grade students from local schools. SETAC member Chris Ivey (USGS) will be heading up the USGS Earth Day booth and is in the process of planning additional activities for the kids.

We'll report on other events from around the globe as we learn about them. We want to find out what you are doing so that we can share your ideas and experiences with all SETAC members and help build momentum for a strong SETAC presence on Earth Day and World Environment Day. Here are some dates to mark on your calendar:

  • If you are organizing an event; teaching, speaking or writing on environmental issues; or otherwise celebrating Earth Day, please let us know no later than Monday, 26 March, so we can recognize your contribution along with others from across the SETAC community in the April Globe.
  • Similarly, if you are celebrating World Environment Day, please let us know no later than Monday, 23 April so we can spread the word in the May Globe.
  • Please send us your Earth Day photos and stories by Wednesday, 25 April so we can share some of those in the May Globe.
  • Please share your World Environment Day photos and stories with us by Thursday, 7 June for inclusion in the June Globe.

Again, an easy way to share information about your Earth Day and Global Environment Day activities is to post it at the SETAC at Earth Day 2012 link, on the SETAC Communities page under Open Communities, or if you'd prefer, send it straight to us and we'll take it from there. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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