By Chris Fish
MERRITT ISLAND -- To increase public awareness about sustainable practices, three local organizations are joining forces for a day of celebration and education.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, Recycle Brevard, the Institute for Self Active Education and Brevard County Parks and Recreation will host a "Day of Sustainability," featuring the third annual "Recycle Brevard Festival," as well as the inaugural "Eco-Living Jubilee."
"The 'Day of Sustainability' is an opportunity for residents to learn about sustainability, the important role that living a sustainable life plays in our lives and our community and how it all affects our natural resources," said Marcia Booth, a spokeswoman for Recycle Brevard.
The third annual "Recycle Brevard Festival," which is designed to support America Recycles Day, will be at the POW/MIA Park in Melbourne from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The "Eco-Living Jubilee," which will explore sustainability and green living, will be at Kiwanis Island Park from 3 to 7 p.m.
Ms. Booth said that the events will feature educational games, hands-on activities and information booths.
The event also comes in the wake of the mysterious deaths of wildlife in the Indian River Lagoon, something that Ms. Booth said is crucial to educate the public.
"What is happening now in the Indian River Lagoon is a sign that we need everyone to understand the impact their actions have on the environment, our communities and our lives," she said. "Only informed people can make changes and contribute to a better world. We need more of them; we need to start with our children and let them help spread the word and inspire others through their actions."
Other activities for the events include, a coordinated clean up with the Pelican Beach Clean Up Team, a toy swap of gently used toys, various film showings and more.
Ms. Booth said that the event is also in need of help from community organizations through sponsorship opportunities.
The POW/MIA Park is located at 5995 N. US Highway 1 in Melbourne.
Kiwanis Island Park is located at 950 Kiwanis Island Park Road on Merritt Island.
For more information, visit the "Events" tab on recyclebrevard.org.