May 1 is Green Up Day. It is as much of a tradition in our little state as Town Meeting Day. It is an important moment each year, when community comes together again to celebrate what makes Vermont so special.
According to Green Up Vermont, the group that coordinates and oversees the annual event (https://greenupvermont.org), “We live our mission to keep Vermont beautiful. Green Up Vermont’s mission is to promote the stewardship of our state’s natural landscape and waterways, and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day while raising public awareness about the health, economic and visual benefits of a litter-free environment year-round.”
Last year, because of the pandemic, Green Up Day was canceled. But thousands of Vermonters still took to the roads and waterways to do their part, some out of boredom; some out of of that perennial obligation. It wasn’t the same Green Up Day with community celebrations and barbecues, but volunteers throughout Vermont wanted to do their part for their environment, nonetheless.
It sends an important message: “It makes a huge difference and it feels great to give back to your community,” the Green Up Vermont website states.
For more than 50 years, Vermont has been teaching citizens and young people exactly how to take pride in their town or city.
Green Up’s 51st year, we need to adhere to health guidelines and safety protocols.
This year, the 2021 Green Up Day poster art winner was Jiya Sekar, a third-grader from Union Elementary in Montpelier. And writing contest winner Casey Kendall, a fourth-grader from Ryegate, described the 2021 challenges rather eloquently.
Green Up, Clean Up!
Green Up means clean up
Our pretty state
If you are keen to make it green
Don’t hesitate, don’t wait!
Making Vermont green can be fun
Just grab a friend,
Put on a mask,
It can be a new trend!
Meet your friends,
All you do is pick up trash
It’s an activity
That doesn’t cost you cash!
Vermont has beautiful mountains
And amazing views,
There are so many
They keep making the news!
Foliage, maple syrup, and more
Skiing, boating, fishing, and fun
Cleaning up Vermont
Keeps us number one!
Vermont is truly the best place
And the best place
To make things green!
How long has it been?
51 amazing years.
Keep up the good work
So cheers, cheers, cheers!
To find out what you can do this May 1, go to https://greenup.powershift.info/towndetails/
Get out and do your part.