Every year, Earth Day gives us an opportunity to connect with our community and talk about the importance of our planet’s health.
Use this opportunity to give back and help protect our environment! This year, MHLC is proud to host several Earth Day events in celebration of this special holiday. Visit our Events page to learn more about a volunteer clean-up, a nature walk and story time for young kids and their families, and to sign up for MHLC’s first-ever Fun Run!
The Environmental Awareness 5K is at 8 AM on Saturday, April 21st and will take place on the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail. This fun run is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Fun Run t-shirts will be given to all participants and are being donated by Sawyer’s Screen Printing and Embroidery. The Delmar Hannaford Supermarket and Pharmacy is donating water and snacks for all runners, walkers, rollers, and skaters!
Register today on our website and check out the Facebook event to invite your friends.
Ava DeSantis, a local high school student and MHLC volunteer, is the driving force responsible for this awesome event. Ava shared with us what inspired her to tackle managing an Earth Day 5k at such a young age.
What sparked your initial interest in the environment?
I have always been taught to care for the environment. However, once I began to work for its protection I realized that each of us has the opportunity to make a difference in the fields that are important to us.
What is so interesting about Earth Day in particular?
Earth Day is a chance to focus the conversation of change towards the environment. On Earth Day you see news articles, social media attention, and even small-talk begin to center around protecting the earth.
Why did you choose a 5k as an event for Earth Day?
A 5k is a great way to involve different communities in an effort to protect the environment. It also gives runners and volunteers a change to appreciate the environment of the Rail Trail.
What’s it like taking the lead for running an event like this at a young age?
It’s very exciting to take the lead and work with MHLC as well as my fellow student activists from around the Capital Region. Being able to take on the responsibility of an event like this is both empowering and eye-opening. Eye-opening in the sense of being forced to see the amount of work and planning necessary for such an event, and empowering because I have the opportunity to take on the work and planning.
Who do you hope to see at the Fun Run?
I hope to see a range of members of the community at the event. Runners and beginners, environmental activists and people who want to learn about the subject. I see events like this as an opportunity to enjoy the fresh air on a spring day outside, as well as an opportunity to discuss the issues facing our community and preservation of the beautiful spring landscapes we are enjoying.
What type of experience do you hope to create for participants?
I hope participants leave the run having enjoyed the company of their fellow runners, interacted with members of MHLC, and enjoyed the Rail Trail in spring.