Earth Day highlights need to preserve resources Published April 7, 2008 ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Earth Day is an international event demonstrating concern and mobilizing support for the environment. Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, and rallied more than 20 million Americans from around the country to get involved in environmental "teachings." This event, which was the largest grassroots movement in U.S. history, created what has come to be known as the environmental movement. Out of this event cam the first major pieces of environmental legislation - The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. As a single event, Earth Day represents the commitment and significant investment this nation and other countries around the world have made toward positive environmental security. The active-duty military and civilian personnel of the U.S. Air Force as well as our families and the local communities will make a significant contribution to the overall impact of the monumental event. Although Earth Day is generally celebrated on April 22, it is important to remember that environmental responsibility is more than just a one-day event. Earth Day Air Force exemplifies a daily commitment to the environmental security of the public resources entrusted to the care of the military. Through an array of partnering programs, the Air Force demonstrates that voluntary goals and commitments achieve real environmental results while saving time and money. In addition to traditional approaches to environmental stewardship, the Air Force is building cooperative agreements with a variety of groups, including businesses, citizen groups, and local governments. One such partnership is the Arbor Day Foundation. National Arbor Day Foundation The National Arbor Day Foundation was established in 1972 and Arbor Day is usually celebrated on the last Friday of April. The foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship. Tree City USA is one of the Foundation's most popular programs and encourages improved tree planting and care. Andersen Air Force Base is a proud member of Tree City USA and plans to conduct its own Tree Planting Ceremony in conjunction with scheduled Earth Week activities. Andersen AFB 2008 Earth Week Itinerary Thursday, April 17 Governor's Complex 11 a.m. - Governor Felix P. Camacho proclaims April 19-26 Earth Week 2008 Friday, April 18 Guam EPA main office in Tiyan 10 a.m. - Sen. James Espaldon and the 29th Guam Legislature sign a resolution announcing April 19-26 Earth Week 2008 Saturday, April 19 Arc Light Memorial Field 8 a.m. - 5K Fun Run (starting Arc Light Memorial Park) 10 a.m. - Earth Day Proclamation by Col. Cain/Agency Demos/ Tree Planting (4 Ifit trees) at Arc Light Memorial Field 10:30 a.m. - USDA Brown Tree Snake Demo DAWR Fruit Bat and Guam Rail Display 36th CEF Fire Rescue equipment Display 11 a.m - Earth Day Essay winner announcement; prizes provided by the AAFES exchange Noon - Tarague Basin Cleanup... End of celebration... Saturday, April 26 Island Pride Festival, Ypao Beach Park 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Guam Earth Day Ceremony Andersen AFB Booth Theme 'Conserve and Protect'