WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Operating as a global force, the Navy constantly delivers critical national defense capabilities at home and abroad. The breadth and diversity of the training, testing, and operations executed by Sailors and Marines speak to the far-reaching effects conveyed toward the mission of security and beyond.
To this end, the Navy recognizes its expansive, meaningful influence as a fighting force and environmental steward with the 2018 Earth Day theme, "Global Reach, Local Action." Performing missions at sea, on land, and in the skies highlights the constant presence of naval personnel in ecosystems across the globe. The theme acknowledges the omnipresence of Sailors and Marines and reminds uniformed personnel and civilians of the many opportunities for the Navy to enact positive changes for the environment.
Earth Day is acknowledged annually on April 22, but the Navy workforce celebrates throughout the entire month of April with a variety of Earth Day-related events. Previously, these activities included Earth Day fairs, beach and base cleanups, tree plantings, recycling contests, school and youth activities, fun runs, and more.
Some of the 2018 activities scheduled at Navy commands across the globe include an Earth Day Fair at CFA Yokosuka; a 5K Run and tree planning at Camp Lemonier Djibouti; SUBASE New London's Annual Earth Day Challenge to compete with community organizations in environmental stewardship projects; a beach cleanup at NAS Key West; and many more. The Pentagon will also host an Earth Day Fair on Wednesday, April 18, featuring informational materials from the Navy, Army, Air Force, OSD, and others.
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"We can't perform our national security mission effectively without routinely taking care of the environment where we operate," said Rear Adm. Carl Lahti, Director of the Navy's Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45). "Earth Day is a chance to build relationships by demonstrating that stewardship."
For more information on Navy Earth Day, including a Command Planning Guide, please visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/earth-day/.
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