Happy Earth Day! To us at the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, every day is Earth Day. However, we still use today as a day to reflect on all of our environmental successes and the challenges that still lie ahead.
This year, we celebrate the 50th Earth Day! On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets. College campuses and hundreds of cities protested environmental ignorance and demanded a new way forward for our planet.
The Long Island Pine Barrens Society was founded not long after that, in 1977. Our founders saw that the Pine Barrens were increasingly becoming a target for development and knew it had to be stopped in order to save this special ecosystem and protect our water quality.
Continuing into our fourth decade, we’re often asked how people can get involved in our work, so in honor of Earth Day, we will enumerate the many ways people can work together to protect the Long Island Pine Barrens and our precious drinking water supply.
#1 – Become a Member
Join our email list to receive periodic updates on upcoming events, action alerts and Pine Barrens-related news.
#2 – Make Your Voice Heard
Attend local forums, hearings and rallies – help tell our public officials that Pine Barrens land needs to be protected and that clean water must be a top priority across Long Island. After you become a member, we’ll keep you updated on events that you might want to attend and the actions you can take.
#3 – Write a Letter to the Editor
Write a letter to Newsday or your local paper expressing your opinion on environmental issues. Elected officials and community members read the letters, so they’re a great way to spread awareness about important topics.
#4 – Read Our Newsletter
Check out the latest edition of our newsletter online, or with a small donation, you will receive our current newsletter in the mail. Members also get sent monthly e-newsletters directly to their inbox.
#5 – Follow us on Facebook and Instgram
Join in on the conversation! Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/PineBarrensSociety and on Instagram at @LIPineBarrens. Share one of our posts to help educate your friends and family on important environmental issues.
#6 – Watch Our TV Program
Catch an episode of our monthly TV program on Cable Public Access or by streaming it on our YouTube channel.
#7 – Attend Our Annual Gala
Join us each year, as we celebrate the anniversary of the Society and honor the Island’s top environmental leaders. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year!
#8 – Get Outside and Enjoy the Pine Barrens
Experience the beauty of the Pine Barrens for yourself by using our handy recreation guides. Share pictures with family and friends, share them on social media (and tag us), to spread the word about this wonderful ecosystem.
#9 – Be a Guardian of the Pine Barrens and Report a Violation
If you observe any illegal activity (clearing, dumping of waste, ATV use, etc.) in the Pine Barrens, please call 1-877-BARRENS (1-877-227-7367).
#10 – Consider Making a Donation
We rely on the support and generosity of people like you to continue our important work to protect drinking water and preserve open space. Any donation, small or large, is greatly appreciated.
By: Katie Muether Brown, Long Island Pine Barrens Society