Earth Day 2017 keeps Glendale informed

Gabriella Kchozyan, Staff Writer

Gabriella Kchozyan
The tents set up outside the Pacific Park Center.

On April 15, Glendale’s Pacific Park held an Earth Day event from 1–4 p.m. With students, children and families from all over Glendale, the event aimed to “teach attendees how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle,” according to Glendale’s official website.

Pacific Park has been known to host events beneficial to the Glendale community. Inside the park’s community center gymnasium were a series of musical performances and numerous tables set up for informing participants. These tables, each hosted by various organizations and communities, all shared a united goal: to help the people of Glendale learn more about helping the environment, even outside the city.

Some of these organizations included the Community Services & Parks Department (CSP) and the Be Street Smart Glendale foundation. Disneynature also held a table where they promoted their upcoming film, “Born In China,” which will donate ticket proceeds during opening week to the World Wildlife Fund. Participants walked around and listened to these different people discuss their respective programs and how they could help them and be more eco-friendly.

Gabriella Kchozyan
The schedule that lists the program’s plans for the day.

Inside the gymnasium, Hoover High School’s Jazz Band entertained guests with music as they walked around. Many parents sat down to enjoy the music with their children while others went outside to view other tents set up around the gymnasium. Police officers and Glendale’s Water and Power company were also present.

Recently, Clark has also been trying to “go green.” Last year, Clark’s Eco Squad implemented a reusable water bottle station. “The point of having the station built was to make a difference in our school,” said junior and Eco Squad member Leon Arapi. “Our purpose was really to inspire other students and other schools to help make a change in their environment.”

Pacific Park has also been a common hangout space for many of Clark’s students. “I think it’s important for Glendale’s community to spread awareness about being more eco-friendly. Since the city is becoming more populated, we need to figure out ways to reduce pollution and help the environment even more,” said junior and participant Damian Kim.