Waste Pro’s annual Earth Day picnic teaches kids to be environmentally conscious

Waste Pro’s annual Earth Day picnic teaches kids to be environmentally conscious

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - In a few days, people across the country will celebrate Earth Day and promote clean air, land and water. On Saturday, Waste Pro got kids in on the fun early with its annual Earth Day picnic.

The weather was perfect to fire up the grills, enjoy a day at the park and celebrate Earth. Even at just 5 years old, Kellan Armbrust knows how special Earth is as our one and only.

“The other planets are...can’t live," he said, "Some people call this the Goldilocks planet. Not too hot and too cool.”

His dad Bryan Armbrust said it’s never too early to teach kids to be environmentally conscious. That’s why the sustainability graduate student brought them out to Little Children’s Park Saturday, not just for a day to play, but to learn more about keeping Mother Earth clean.

“Today, you wouldn’t be able to tell because it’s beautiful, but a lot of the research out there is very worrisome," he said. “It’s something that we need to pay special attention to and do whatever we can, whenever we can to try to make sure that they’re future is going to be the same kind of world that we got to experience growing up.”

The Forbes kids are also on board with saving earth.

“I wouldn’t want to have a dirty Earth, and I just don’t want it,” said 8-year-old Scarlet Forbes.

“We have to pick up our Earth because if we don’t pick up our Earth, then everything is just going to be trash,” said Sawyer Forbes.

Waste Pro said this annual event is just one way they extend their mission far beyond just collecting garbage.

“We have little games like recycle relay and an Easter egg hunt for them to share a little knowledge to get them more in tune with our Earth to promote recycling and different events," said John Geboy. "We care about our communities with Waste Pro, and so we’re here to enjoy our partnership and just to enjoy each other.”

Mayor Shea Dobson said he’s proud of the way the city is playing its role.

“Just everybody coming together and remember the Earth is something we need to take care of,” said Dobson.

It was a community effort to keep the place we call home clean for future generations.

Earth Day is officially celebrated worldwide every year on April 22, which falls on a Monday this year. The first Earth Day was in 1970.

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