Team Osan observes Earth Day, Arbor Day

by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman
Osan Air Base

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- To raise awareness about the importance of saving the planet, Osan recognized Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 24 through a poster contest, educational booth at the Exchange and tree planting ceremony, here.

The 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight educated people of all ages on being good stewards of the environment during the week’s events.

“Earth Day is all about letting people know this is our Earth and this is how we take care of it,” said Kwon, Song Kun, 51st CES physical scientist. “Everybody can do their part, adults and kids alike.”

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues and is now celebrated in more than 190 countries.

In addition to Earth Day, Osan also recognized Arbor Day, a national tradition which began in Nebraska in 1872.

“Arbor Day is a time to celebrate trees, and it serves as a reminder to respect nature and the environment,” said Matthew Tubtim, 51st CES fuel tank and water quality manager.

Osan celebrates this observance annually with a commemorative tree planting ceremony here which children help plant the trees on base.

“The tree planting ceremony is an opportunity for the children to learn the importance of trees, improving the community around them and what it means to work as a team,” said Tubtim.

By celebrating these observances, Team Osan hopes to equip the next generation with the practices to save the planet, one recyclable or new tree at a time.

“These events serve to remind everyone what a beautiful place we live in,” said Tubtim. “Each positive action we take has a huge impact, not only on the base, but also on the planet.”

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