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Auburn the turtle (Earth Day special)

By Adeline Ike It was dark and cold. Frightening. I had never been in such a state. No one had warned me.

I never thought such despair had existed. Such cruelty. I was convinced it was a trap. By the humans. They always didn’t care about us ocean creatures. So of course they’d do this to me. And no one could save me. My family left long ago when they realized I didn’t have a chance. I was too tangled. I was considered dead the moment I got caught in the trap. My life was over…

But then I was lifted. I was being brought to the surface. Then I was guided to the shore where the strange humans untangled me. One gave me a kiss on my shell, where she whispered, “You’re lucky it is Earth Day. It’s where we pick up plastic and trash and plant trees to take care of our earth. We stumbled upon you when we were cleaning a section of the ocean.”

I didn’t understand what she was really talking about, but from her body language, I knew she cared about me. She released me into the water and I was free. But I stayed and watched the humans clean the beach of the traps most of my kind get caught in. I understood that they were helping us sea creatures. At least this group of people had sense. Unlike the others that just dropped their trash and plastic. I hoped the rest of the humans would come to be like that sweet girl who cared for the Earth.

Help pick up trash and plastic. Don’t litter. Join the 1 billion participating on Earth Day to clean up our planet and plant trees. God bless.

This article was written in celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2023. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, when a United States senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency.

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

There are several ways you can celebrate Earth Day. One option is to make a pledge to do a few small things each day to make the environment — and the world at large — a healthier place, like finding an effective way to reuse materials, conserve energy, and more. Another great way to celebrate Earth Day this year is to come out and join the Keep Emanuel Beautiful (KEB) county-wide cleanup “Operation Clean Sweep” this Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day) from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will gather at the following locations at 9 a.m.: Swainsboro at the Boneyard, Oak Park and Adrian at their city parks, while Garfield and Summertown are meeting at their city halls. (Twin City has its city-wide cleanup date set for April 29th.)

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