Earth Day – Come Join Us


Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated each year on April 22, on which day events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries every year.

The landmark Paris Agreement opened for signature on Earth Day 22 April 2016 at a high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, taking place in New York.

Under the agreement, all countries that have ratified the accord, which include the United States, China, India and the EU are obligated legally to hold climate change to no more than 2c above pre-industrial levels, a level of safety beyond which climate change is likely to become catastrophic and irreversible.


Saddle River Developments


Recently in Saddle River New Jersey, there were over 1,000 signature trees cut down by the Toll Brothers who are planing to build 78 homes at the former Apple Ridge Country Club. The developer has sited widespread arsenic and lead contamination from former use by an apple orchard and golf coarse.

On April 22 Earth Day, our Green USR initiative, will be conducting two seminars in Saddle River, and will be discussing the importance for Education as the Foundation for Change.


What can the Saddle River Community do on the twenty second day of April 2017


Come and join the Earth Day Celebration at the church of St. Gabriel the Archangel and the Wandell Elementary School, where there will be free showings of two Emmy nominated award winning documentaries, Red Dot on the Ocean and A Plastic Ocean. In addition there will be demonstrations on the importance of zero waste and the concerns of disposable convenience.



St. Gabriel the Archangel (88 East Saddle River Road, NJ) - At 10:00 am there we will be a demonstration, with Derek Michalski, Father Edward Ciuba and Pastor Frank Del Prete, on the importance of composting and afterwards there will be a free showing of the documentary film A Plastic Ocean.


From the left, Alexandria Ruffino - President, Wandell School Education Foundation, Derek G, Michalski, JD, LL.M - Louis Deliso, School Principal, Jennifer Rossaskis, Board Memebr, Wandell School Education Foundation.


Wandell Elementary School (97 E. Allendale Rd, Saddle River, NJ) - At 1:00pm ground breaking for the schools new compost site and there will be the free showing of the documentary film Red Dot on the Ocean, an Emmy nominated film by TheSailingChannel.TV, with possible celebrity quest Matt Rutherford.


Who will be attending, what is Red Dot on the Ocean, A Plastic Ocean and will there be a quest speaker


Long time Upper Saddle River resident, Derek G, Michalski, J.D, LL,M, Wall Street Executive, proprietor of SaddleRiverInvestments.Com, and senior Advisory Board member of ClassicSailboats.Org's environmental initiative SailingForWater.Org will be the quest speaker. Derek has been a long time advocate for educating the Saddle River community about the current climate concerns and the importance of Zero Waste.

If scheduling allows celebrity guest Matt Rutherford, who recently returned from a two year trip along the west coast of Greenland doing research for NASA, Smithsonian and who's vessel Ault is currently the flagship for SailingForWater.Org 's Initiative, will be in attendance

Also in attendance will be Father Edward Ciuba, author of "Creation at the Crossroad" an insightful commentary to Pope Francis's Laudatory Si' Encyclical.

Red Dot on the Ocean - now airing on Public Television stations across the country, is the story of Matt Rutherford, a severely troubled youth, who became a sailing legend. Departing Annapolis, MD in a scrappy old 27-foot fiberglass sloop without fanfare, 30-year-old Rutherford braved the icebergs of the arctic and mountainous waves of Cape Horn to become the only person to ever sail single-handed, non-stop around the Americas; a 27,000 mile journey many professional sailors declared "a suicide mission"

A Plastic Ocean - the documentary begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.


How the Saddle River Movement Green USR started and where are we headed


Words of wisdom passed down from a lifetime of experience can prove empowering and paying it forward necessary, in our quest for Zero Waste.

As Upper Saddle River residents we all know what the Fall brings, unforetold laboris work for either our gardeners or ourselves. What we Natures way of providing us with a harvest of nutrients. Janusz Michalski years ago came to his son Derek and said why do you pay for someone to collect yard debris when all you need to do is compost them.


Ok...sounds simple, let's try to put this plan into action, but why is it so important to compost.


With the worlds population nearing 7.5 billion, our needs to feed, and nourish this many people are of great concern. Voracious demands for quick high-yielding crop varieties of the Green Revolution are necessary and required, but they come with a high environmental cost. The excessive use of Phosphates as a fertilizer has led to widespread pollution (150 million tons of toxic spoil a year) and eutrophication. Now, many of the world’s remaining reserves are starting to be depleted...


So what do we do in order to create change and fulfill the needs of our ever going population.


In one word compost, simply the use of organic matter from our daily food waste, combined with yard debris makes an excellent substitute for fertilizer.

As a person of faith Mr. Michalski went to his local church and talked to his long time friend Father Edward Ciuba, about the success of composting. Father said let's take our good fortune and allow our community to learn from the importance of composting and Zero Waste. Let's start a compost pile at our church, it will be the first holy pile in Saddle River. Thousand have come and many actively cultivating this precious resource...


So where do we go from here and how do we change and educate the Saddle River community.


Put a plan into action, and simply be responsible, avoid disposable convenience and educate our youths.

Compost - beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover. Organic ingredients intended for composting can alternatively be used to generate bio gas through anaerobic digestion. One of the most important things that composting does is it reduces or eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.

Educate our Children - Show your support and come down to the Wandell Elementary school on Earth Day, for the ground breaking of the schools new composting site, and for the free viewing of the film Red Dot on the Ocean.


Closing Message

By composting the Saddle River community is brought closer together for a common cause, and as a bi product we are reducing our waste and are helping the environment.

Leaving this world, as our current generation has been enjoying it, to our future environmental stewards is of most importance. Empowering our youth through school curriculum, teaching, ad educating our next generation to be sustainable stewards and fulfilling our Earth Day commitment "Education is the Foundation for Change"


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