FARMINGTON, Utah – One Davis County father’s protest over an Earth Day poster contest is gaining national attention.
The contest invites kids to make Earth Day posters that ask, “Where would we be without oil, gas and mining?”
But Colby Paulson, the dad of an Eagle Bay Elementary kindergartner, says our lives revolve around fossil fuels every day, but Earth Day exists to draw attention to alternatives.
“That’s really what got me upset in the first place was thinking about my son,” Paulson said. “It just feels like getting a little propaganda from the oil, gas and mining industry. And saying, ‘Hey, 5-year-old boy, let’s teach you to celebrate on Earth Day all the things we get from oil, gas and mining.’”