Earth Day is every day


Anna General
Managing Editor, Ho’okele

Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs

Performing missions at sea, on land and in the skies daily around the globe, the military is a constant presence in the environment. To emphasize stewardship on all fronts, service members and civilians are taking part in Earth Day-related activities throughout the month of April.

People across the globe celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and throughout the month to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.

The Earth Day theme is, “Building Strength Through Stewardship,” which emphasizes the value of environmental initiatives in supporting the mission by helping to build trust with government agencies and the public.

Installations at Navy Region Hawaii are participating in this year’s Earth Month observance to engage and promote environmental awareness. Events include energy awareness exhibits, wetland restoration, a special TV appearance, seminar on science and leadership, reef restoration, invasive beetle removal, educational booths, nature hikes, camping, movie events and base cleanups.

Photo by MC2 Omar Powell

Photo by MC2 Omar Powell

“Each year, our Navy and Air Force community supports the environment in a variety of ways. Personnel dedicate volunteer hours to our wetland restoration events, Hawaiian fishpond restoration events, beach cleanups and more. We can always focus on ways to live more sustainably and be conscious of our impact on the environment,” said Rebecca Smith, JBPHH Natural Resource Manager at Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii.

Earth Day started as a grassroots effort and has been celebrated annually since 1970.

“All of us can make little changes that reduce the negative impact humans have on the environment. Reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible,” Smith said.

“All of our actions have a wide array of impact to the environment. Living more sustainable can have huge positive impacts of our wildlife and surrounding habitat that serves to help us all.”

For more information on Navy Earth Day, visit


April 21

• Earth Day at the Bay at Pacific Missile Range Facility from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• NEX Earth Day celebration booth at The Mall at Pearl Harbor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• MWR Movie on the beach at Hickam Harbor Marina. Movie begins at sunset.

April 21-22

• MWR overnight camping at Hickam Harbor Marina from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m.

April 22

• Earth Day celebration at Hickam Harbor from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Loko Paaiau cleanup at McGrew Point Housing from 9 a.m. to noon.

April 28

• Waipio Point Facility ribbon cutting ceremony at Waipio Point Peninsula Solar Farm from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

April 29

• Bike path cleanup at Pearl Harbor bike path from 8 a.m. to noon.

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