- The Kane County Board Energy And Environmental Committee, Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are teaming up for a “Countdown to Earth Day” series celebrating the success stories and spotlighting the environmental challenges we face right here, right now in Kane County, IL. Today’s essay is written by Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee.
Happy Earth Day 2021, Kane County!
EARTHDAY.ORG’s theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our Earth™, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
Many of those topics were touched upon in this year’s Countdown to Earth Day series, which was put together through the initiative of the Kane County Board Energy And Environmental Committee, chaired by Mavis Bates, and spearheaded by Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee.
You can’t mention the Countdown to Earth Day series without a nod to Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarlard, who wrote multiple stories for this series and spends 52 weeks a year informing and inspiring residents of Kane County to recycle right.
This series is special because of the efforts and participation of so many departments and units of government.
In the series highlighted below, you’ll read personal essays from elected officials (Bates and Kane County Board member Jarett Sanchez) and articles by employees of multiple Kane County departments and units of government (Jarland, Klee, Kane County Division of Environmental And Water Resources Director Jodie Wollnik and Water Resources Engineer Anne Wilford, Forest Preserve District of Kane County Environmental Education Manager Barb McKittrick and Community Affairs Director Laurie Metanchuk, Kane County Development And Community Services Department Planner Karen Miller).
According to earthday.org, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Some excellent ways to participate locally are posted in the final article in the series, which touches on the story of environmental stewardship.
Today, we invite you to be a part of Earth Day and to help further climate action across the globe. Click this link for Earth Day live, which begins at 11 a.m.
“We all need a healthy Earth to support our jobs, livelihoods, health and survival, and happiness,” Earth Day Live says on its website. “A healthy planet is not an option — it is a necessity.”
Read The Countdown to Earth Day Series!
We would appreciate any feedback from the Countdown to Earth Day Series or any work being done by Kane County Department of Environment and Water Resources. Feel free to contact Kane County Resource Management Coordinator Ivy Klee with any questions or comments, KleeIvy@co.kane.il.us. As always, do your part to help Sustain Kane!
- No. 16: Introduction — Everyone in Kane County Rides on Planet Earth
- No. 15: How To Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Easter
- No. 14: Recycle Your TVs, Computers, Electronics, Clothes, And Books!
- No. 13: Shinrin-Yoku May Be Your Ticket to Wellness
- No. 12: Water Conservation Should Be Higher on Our Priority Lists
- No. 11: Save The Planet And Save Money With Home Energy Improvements
- No. 10: Macramé and Harvest Gold – A 1970s Tale of Reducing And Reusing
- No. 9: Get Your Affordable Compost Bins, Rain Barrels This Spring
- No. 8: Kane County Forest Preserve District Needs Citizen Scientists!
- No. 7: What YOU Can Do To Stop Stormwater Runoff
- No. 6: Why I Chose Solar Energy For My Kane County Home
- No. 5: Take Time To Appreciate The Natural Wonders of Kane County
- No. 4: Help The Earth By Doing FREE Document Shredding on April 24!
- No. 3: Talking Trash (And What To Do About It) With The Forest Preserve District
- No. 2: Connect With Nature, The Most Powerful Force in Kane County
- No. 1: Here’s How You Can Become An Environmental Steward in Kane County, IL