This Land Is Your Land: Family Storytimes About Diversity
Earth Day is April 22nd, and what better way to celebrate than with the Environmental Justice Storytime at Lakewood Public Library!
Part of the "This Land is Your Land: Family Story Times about Diversity" series, April's storytime will be all about caring for the planet in ways that are equitable for all people.
So what is Environmental Justice, and how is it different than just talking about the three R's of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle? The National Institute of Health defines it as "the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies." In simpler terms, it just means that everyone gets the fair chance to live a healthy life. And a healthy life means a safe place to live, work, and go to school free from air pollution, mercury contamination, and with access to healthy food and clean water.
This seems like a fairly easy thing to achieve, especially in the United States, right? Unfortunately, there are huge disparities in safe living environments for racial and ethnic minorities and for those who are poor or in poverty.
April's storytime will introduce the concepts of Environmental Justice through age appropriate stories, videos and songs, and will finish with a recyclable seed-planting craft. This story time is open to families with children of all ages and abilities.
The next session will be Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. in the Main Library Multipurpose Room.
Register online at lakewoodpubliclibrary.org/youth or call (216)226-8275 ext. 140.