Mission Statement

The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department is committed to protecting, restoring, and enhancing natural resources on the Soboba Reservation for all tribal members past, present, and future.

What We Do

The Environmental Department works to raise awareness of all aspects of the environment. This includes solid waste issues, pollution prevention, water and air quality, conservation measures, household hazardous waste disposal, and many other areas. In addition to community outreach and education efforts such as participating in community events, the department also hosts an annual Tribal Earth Day event and community clean up days. We also conduct surface water quality testing on streams running through the reservation, collect and manage geographical data, and create programs to address environmental concerns.

An easy way to begin learning about the environment around you is to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website and use MyEnvironment

 

Soboba Tribal Earth Day Event News

The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department would like to thank the Soboba Tribal Community, Tribal Council, and Soboba Departments for the continuous support of the Annual Soboba Tribal Earth Day Event. It is with a heavy heart that the Department has decided to postpone this years event to a later date. The Soboba Tribal Earth Day has always been a popular event in the community and come September we hope to hold our biggest and best event yet. Thank you again for working with us during these challenging and uncertain times and we look forward to celebrating Soboba Tribal Earth Day with our friends and colleagues very soon!

 

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries

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With the difficulties of this past year, The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department is even more excited to celebrate this year’s Earth Day with The Soboba Tribal Community. This year’s Earth Day gives us the chance to get back to outdoor activities and appreciate the environment around us. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is Restore our Earth which brings us the opportunity to participate in activities that promote environmental restoration. 

Here's a list of some fun Earth Day activities that can help restore our Earth!

  • Plant a Tree-.  One large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people. Reforestation efforts capture carbon, cool overheated places, benefit agriculture, support pollinators, reduce the risk of disease transmission and boost local economies. Responsible reforestation programs can stabilize land from erosion or natural disasters, improve soil health and groundwater recharge, promote native and endemic fauna, and provide economic development for nearby communities.​

  • Recycling- Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment. Recycling is not only good for the environment but it could possibly put some money back in your pocket.105,800 aluminum cans are recycled every minute in the US and only 1 out of 5 plastic bottles are being recycled.​

  • Save Water- Water is wasted more frequently than we can see. Turn off the faucet as you are brushing your teeth. Don’t turn your shower on until you’re ready to get in and wash your hair. Limit your water usage as you wash dishes. 

       

  • Carpool- Avoid taking cars and carpool  when possible. Cars are harmful to the environment. Taking public transportation, walking, or riding a bike are better options that help the environment. 

  • Use Reusable Bags- Plastic grocery-type bags that get thrown out end up in landfills or in other parts of the environment. These can suffocate animals who get stuck on them or even mistake them for food. Also, it takes a while for the bags to decompose.

 

Doing things that restore our Earth also gives us a chance to restore ourselves from such a long year. Planting trees, gardening, and riding a bike not only benefit the planet but are great for improving our health. A good way for us to restore ourselves and stay healthy is to take time out of our busy lives and discover all the beautiful wonders our planet has to offer and literally stop and smell the roses. With a quarantine, shutdowns and social distancing this past year we can all use a little more time outdoors to appreciate nature. Make it a point to get outside, breath some fresh air, go on a hike or take a trip to your local mountains and beaches this earth day. Getting involved with your community by attending local Earth Day events is also a great way to spend the day and enjoy yourself.

 

Remember, we can’t restore the Earth unless we restore ourselves. Listed below are some great ways to restore our Earth while staying fit and healthy!

 

  • Go on a hike- Hiking is a great way to stay healthy and have fun outdoors. Hiking can also provide emotional or mental relief that comes from enjoying nature. Hiking is a powerful cardio workout that can lower your risk of heart disease improve your blood pressure, blood sugar levels and boost bone density​.

  • Gardening- Growing your own fruits and vegetable is not only good for you but for the environment as well. Only 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity a few times a week can prevent and control high blood pressure. In fact, gardening scored a place on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute‘s recommendation list for battling high blood pressure.                                           
  • Yoga – You will find that you will feel a lot more relaxed after a yoga session. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress, and this is especially true of yoga. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles, both large and small, seem to melt away during the time you are on the mat. Look online for beginner stretches and exercises. 

 

  •  Meditation- is one of the best things you can do right now to relieve stress and improve your wellbeing.  Meditation really brings things into perspective by giving you time and space to look at the bigger picture and let stuff go.

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  • Laugh- The benefits of laughing are endless and can include protection from emotional issues like depression and improving the health of your heart. Don’t forget to enjoy the little moments and find time to enjoy yourself with others and laugh it out!

We can all use these valuable tips this earth day and every day for that matter. As we continue to get through this pandemic, I hope we will take the time to care for ourselves, care for one another and remember this is our only home, our only planet and being healthy is a vital step in restoring the Earth.

Together, we can restore our Earth!