The Virgin Islands will celebrate the 42nd annual Earth Day with activities on all three islands. Events begin on Tuesday with a Litter Stomp for fifth and sixth graders from the V.I. Waste Management Office in Williams Delight, to the St. George Botanical Garden.
St. Croix Environmental Association’s Earth Day celebrations focus on students, according to Lynnea F. Roberts, the organization’s environmental education coordinator.
The St. Croix students will then attend the EcoFair at the Botanical Garden. On Wednesday, third- and fourth-graders will participate in the EcoFair.
St. John’s Earth Day celebration starts off at 8:45 a.m. Friday with a Litter Stomp Parade from Julius E. Sprauve School to the V.I. National Park ballfield. Sponsored by the V.I. Waste Management Authority and the Friends of the Park, the goal is to stomp out litter.
Activities will include hands-on exhibits by a host of agencies, organizations and people, including the V.I. Water and Power Authority, the Junior Gardening Program, V.I. Environmental Resource Station, the Animal Care Center of St. John, the V.I. Energy Office, Gifft Hill School and Delroy Anthony’s native arts and crafts.
Island beach cleanups will be happening throughout Earth Week, and participants of the Friends’ Adopt-A-Beach/Trail program, are asked to remove debris from their adopted beach/trail as part of an island-wide cleanup.