Starting tomorrow, October 10th, through October 16th marks the official launch of the first annual North American Minerals Days. It will be an exciting week for IMA-NA, IMA-Europe, and our various partners in bringing increased awareness about our industry to our communities. All day tomorrow, Sandersville Georgia will be hosting their 59th Annual Kaolin Festival. Washington County Chamber of Commerce and IMA-NA are pleased to partner in order to promote Kaolin's important role in the local, state, national, and global communities. The theme for this year's Kaolin Festival is "Lights, Camera, Kaolin" and highlights both Kaolin and the growing film and movie economy in the state of Georgia. The day will include a parade, arts and crafts vendors, mine tours, a children’s carnival, a friendly competition on the events field, live entertainment and more. IMA-NA encourages members in the area to participate in the festival and promote greater community understanding of the industry.
To learn more about the Kaolin Festival click here.
North American Minerals Days also coincides with Earth Science Week this year, a week devoted to encouraging the education of youths on earth science topics. Earth Science Week is spearheaded by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), and IMA-NA is honored to partner with AGI in support of Earth Science Week and greater educational emphasis on geosciences. In alignment with IMA-NA's new initiative to open membership to educational institutions and programs, we are looking forward to continued collaboration between Earth Science Week and North American Minerals Days. As a reminder of the importance of educating individuals about earth sciences and industrial minerals both in and out of the classroom, Representative Mike Honda (D-CA-17) introduced a resolution to recognize Earth Science Week on October 8th. In his press release announcing the resolution Congressman Honda stated:
"The Earth Sciences are integral to the discovery, development, and conservation of energy, water, and natural resources; provide the basis for mitigating natural hazards such as droughts, earthquakes, floods, coastal erosion, hurricanes, and landslides; lead to the development of innovative new technologies and industries that fuel the American economy and improve our quality of life; and drive creativity and passion for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields among students."
While focused on classroom education, his statement is a reflection of the deep impacts our industry has on communities, other industries, and the economy.
To read Representative Honda's press release click here.
Stay tuned for more information throughout next week about North American Minerals Days!