Colorful focus on Recycling
On the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, our Sunday School turned its focus to recycling on April 22 with the artistic guidance of Carol Hubbard and Gary Beckwith.
Carol came up with the idea to use this week’s Sunday School lesson as a means of celebrating this country’s environmental movement. The result was uniquely painted recycling bins that will be distributed throughout the church.
More than a dozen children and adults spent almost an hour using the vibrant colors of acrylic paint to transform white, gray and blue trash containers into works of art.
Gary, a former arts teacher in the Cape Elizabeth school system, provided a quick lesson on how to use and mix the paints while Carol added a Biblical lesson on how and why we need to better protect God’s earth. From there it was hands-on painting with an emphasis on uniqueness.
One of the most unique creations came from Shirley Maxwell, who transformed the lid to one of the containers into a wide-mouthed, big teeth “recycling monster” just waiting to gobble up reams of past church bulletins and drafts of old sermons.
Earth Day began in 1970, the creation of Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. According to the Earth Day Network web site, Sen. Nelson announced the idea of a national teach-in on the environment to the national media. The result, on April 22, 1970, was 20 million Americans taking to streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive rallies across the country.
Sen. Nelson took on the cause after witnessing the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.
The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United State Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
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