Wednesday, April 5, 2023
April is Earth Month and we can all make small changes every day to improve our shared environment!
As Wendell Berry said, “The Earth is what we all have in common.” Let’s work together to save it!
I invite you to join us for another exciting Environment Expo on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
at Fort Hunt Park, in partnership with the National Park Service. This fun, free, family-friendly event
features live music by the Anthony James Band, live animal demonstrations, hands-on-activities, nature
and bird walks, an electric vehicle showcase, giveaways and more! Learn more.
You can also join us for multiple stream cleanups on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. – noon, led by
Senator Scott Surovell, Delegate Paul Krizek and the Friends of Little Hunting Creek. Participate in the
Park Authority’s Take Back the Forest campaign from April 1 to May 31.
With the kickoff of the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), the adoption ofResilient Fairfax and the Green Business Partners launch, the County remains a leader in climate action.
As Chair of the Board’s Environmental Committee and the author of the Fairfax Green Initiatives, I am
proud of the progress we have made in the last five years and continue to push for more aggressive
action to meet our goals. To help us all see the big picture, the County has created the Climate Action
Dashboard, a single site for explaining and sharing progress on our ambitious climate action goals of
community-wide carbon neutrality by 2050 and for all County government operations by 2040.
Now is the time to think about “what can I do?” Calculate your carbon footprint and see easy steps you
can take today to decrease yours. Or, you can take on plastics! They’re everywhere. Plastics are so
ubiquitous that we carry micro pieces of them in our very bloodstreams. Or, try these three kid-friendly
activities at home.
We can all do “one thing” to protect our natural world and all who live in it. I invite you to find your “one
thing”, whether recycling right, composting, litter clean up, buying an electric vehicle, weather stripping
your home, replacing your appliances with high-efficiency energy star units, biking to work or investing
in solar panels, we can all make a difference!
However you choose to participate in Earth Month, I hope you will get out and enjoy the beautiful
natural environments we have all around us in the Mount Vernon District!