April 22 of each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement—a day in 1970 when 20 million demonstrators took to the streets, parks and auditoriums of America to raise awareness for a healthy, sustainable environment. At a time when industry gushed out smoke and sludge with little fear of consequence, demonstrators fought against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, pesticides and more.
Today, environmentalists have refocused their fight upon global warming and clean energy. However, Earth Day remains a day for people of all ages to come together and celebrate the splendor of nature and promote healthy, sustainable environmental practices.
This Saturday, April 22, join Battery Park City Parks to celebrate Earth Day with Perry Ground, a traditional storyteller from the Onondaga, Turtle Clan. Using vivid, captivating language and a performance infused with physicality and interactivity, Ground will relay a sample of children’s stories about our relationship with the Earth. His tales will range from a Creation Story explaining why the Haudenosaunee (also known as the Iroquois) call Earth “Turtle Island,” to a Cherokee story about how sunlight comes to this side of the world, to an Algonquin story about maple syrup!
While the majority of Ground’s stories use animals as the main characters, they all teach lessons about how we as human beings can be respectful of nature as only one part of a larger environment. Ground will keep kids engaged with both high- and low-energy stories while celebrating the values central to Earth Day. Come celebrate Earth Day with us in Battery Park City!
Visitors to this Earth Day event should meet at 11am on April 22 at 6 River Terrace, and if weather permits the event will move across River Terrace to Rockefeller Park. Click here to register.
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