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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Project raises $475 for NEPA Audubon

  • The stage of the Cooperage on Main St. in Honesdale recently provided eleven-year-old Avery Kimble the opportunity to present her thoughts on a biblical basis for supporting environmental causes, as well as enough support from audience members to raise $475 for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Audubon Society through the proceeds of a silent endangered species art auction she coordinated during the same event.
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  • The stage of the Cooperage on Main St. in Honesdale recently provided eleven-year-old Avery Kimble the opportunity to present her thoughts on a biblical basis for supporting environmental causes, as well as enough support from audience members to raise $475 for the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Audubon Society through the proceeds of a silent endangered species art auction she coordinated during the same event.
    Avery was challenged by Dr. Rebecca Ballentine, MS Ed., MD, of the Stoneworks Learning Center to identify an area of concern in her local community during her participation in a combined program of home school and public school students.
    I wanted to research endangered animals, but wondered if they were really something I could consider a local concern,” said Avery.
    While researching, I became aware of HB-1576, better known as The Endangered Species Coordination Act, which threatens to remove wildlife expert’s authority to decide which species are protected and hand that authority to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.”
    Did you know the rare Northern Flying Squirrel is an endangered species in Pennsylvania whose habitat includes Wayne County? I didn’t” were words Avery challenged her audience with during her presentation on May 27.
    But she didn’t stop there.
    My thoughts about endangered species stem from my thoughts about the God who made them,” Avery began as she quoted Bible verses from Genesis, Proverbs and Jeremiah.
    God gave us dominion over the earth and instructed us to care for it. He cares about the environment and holds us accountable for its sustained management. Proverbs 22:6 says: 'Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.'
    I believe that instead of leaving a better planet for our children, we should teach our children to obey God and take care of the earth,” were among Avery’s last words before she introduced Chris Fisher, President of the NEPA Audubon Society, who briefly addressed the audience.
    Avery is the daughter of Ed and Nancy Kimble of Honesdale.
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