The St. Marys EarthKeepers is a 501c3 organization that was born of the love of our unique local environment. As are all such entities, St. Marys EarthKeepers' began with the sharing of thoughts and ideas: a few environmentally conscious people who began to think deeply about the extraordinary natural beauties of our area and how best to preserve these fragile gifts.
One recent arrival to the city asked, "Why is there no curbside recycling program in St. Marys?" The answer: "It was thought of in the past but didn't receive the necessary support". The next question: "Why not try again?"
And so it began – the formation of a small group of dedicated townspeople who embarked on a journey of research, meetings, public out-reach programs, community clean-ups, approaches to City Hall and editorial letters. This single-minded determination was richly rewarded - one year later the residents of St. Marys proudly place their recycle bins by the curb each week. The compliance rate is astonishingly high, bearing testament to the conscientious and progressive nature of the people of our community.
Since that groundbreaking success, the St. Marys EarthKeepers have networked with a wide variety of national, state and local environmental initiatives so that we might more efficiently utilize their expertise and affect meaningful change in our area. These recognized groups, along with the invaluable support of our local schools, children's programs and businesses, are now working together to create of St. Marys a community that demonstrates its mindful stewardship of our environment.
From recycling initiatives, city-wide groundbreaking Sea Level Rise programs, marsh protection, balloon release bans, resolutions opposing offshore drilling, and the fight to stop the use of toxic coal-ash byproducts, to the battle to protect the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Cumberland Island National Seashore, the EarthKeepers have become a trusted and powerful voice in the southeast.
The mission of St. Marys EarthKeepers is to enhance the quality of life in St. Marys, Georgia, by fostering awareness of, and concern for, the environment of our community and the earth as a whole. With this mission as our guiding mandate, we will work assiduously to create, promote, and sustain programs that address a variety of existing and potential environmental concerns.
The vision of St. Marys EarthKeepers is to create a community that is sensitive to the needs of an increasingly threatened environment and will address these needs in a timely and effective manner.