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Isabella Hamilton, a student at Fogelsville Elementary School, built a miniature terrarium April 21 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township, to commemorate Earth Day.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH Isabella Hamilton, a student at Fogelsville Elementary School, built a miniature terrarium April 21 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township, to commemorate Earth Day.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH
This completed miniature terrarium was made and taken home by one of the teens attending the Parkland Community Library Earth Day event. This completed miniature terrarium was made and taken home by one of the teens attending the Parkland Community Library Earth Day event.

Teens commemorate Earth Day at Parkland Library

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

Teens commemorated Earth Day by making miniature terrariums which they constructed in glass jars April 21 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township.

Using plants, moss and layers of soil, they carefully put together their own tribute to Earth Day and enjoyed their time at the library.

The first Earth Day was in 1970, when organizers of the day started the environmental movement.

From that first event began legislation to control air pollution, restore the health of rivers and lakes, ensure safe drinking water, regulate hazardous waste disposal, protect endangered species and more.

That first demonstration showed that millions of people cared about the environment and continued to do so, which gave rise to the environmental movement.

That year environmental articles began to be written for newspapers, and there was a rise in environmental studies programs in colleges, an ecology section in bookstores, and community-based ecology centers.