COSHOCTON – Forty seven years ago, Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, began a movement to encourage everyone to think about the damage that was being done to the Earth by the careless consumption of natural resources and the constant pollution of the environment.
On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans demonstrated for the environment, instead of against the war in Vietnam. By the end of the year, Democrats and Republications, young and old, rich and poor, came together to start protecting the world we live in. By the end of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency was created.
Each year, on April 22, Earth Day is celebrated. As far as we have come in protecting our environment, there is still much to be done. Every day, irreparable damage is done to the Earth and the effects on our climate and our future is unknown. More than a billion people around the globe will celebrate Earth Day this year.
Coshocton’s local celebration will be held Saturday, April 22 from noon to 4 at the Coshocton County Career Center. The day will be filled with fun activities for the entire family such as the Raptor Recovery Project, Barefoot McCoy and more fun for the kids. Organic foods and a farmer’s market will be available, as will local gardener’s to offer advice to anyone interested in starting their own garden.
Each activity will point people to learning how to “go green” in their lives. This means to learn a way of living that conserves energy and reduces pollution. There are several simple ways we can “go green” in our daily lives.
- Go paperless and recycle the paper you do use.
- Use canvas or reusable bags instead of plastic when you shop.
- Start a compost bin.
- Use the right light bulbs.
- Use cloth instead of paper when cleaning.
- Cut down energy use in your home.
- Borrow items instead of buying them.
- Reduce the amount of water you use.
- Recycle your car.
Everyone can make small changes to help save our Earth. Learn more tips on ways you can “go green” at the free Earth Day celebration on April 22.
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