Written by: Katie Gargano, 2011-2012 Church Hill Classics Marketing Intern
Earth Day happens on Sunday, April 22, each year. This is a day when we acknowledge the wonderful Earth that we live on and also ways we can keep our planet safe and green.
Connecticut is celebrating Earth Day in many ways. Here are some of the activities that are going around in our local area:
- Hamden’s 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration
On Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hamden Middle School is hosting a family event.
- Woodbury’s 18th Annual Earth Day
This event is on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hollow Park. This year’s theme is ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. There will be many exhibits, activities, vendors, and non-profit organizations that are all sharing their passion for green living.
- Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride
On Saturday, April 21, bike riders get to experience New Haven. They get to travel from West Rock to East Rock. 100% of funds raised through rider pledges go to local environmental organizations.
- 12th Annual Fairfield Earth Day Celebration– “How Green is Our Town?”
On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. come to Fairfield Warde High School to find music, family entertainment, food, recycling opportunities, hands-on presentation and much more.
- Newtown Earth Day: Awareness, Smiles and Education
On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Newtown Middle School, there will be a Recycled Art Show, Birds of Prey Exhibit (get to meet hawks and owls), The Environmental Maze, and “Bring Your Bill” (bring your electric bill and see on ways to save money by signing up for clean energy). There will also be live music with dance performance and tasty food.
For more information on Earth Day activities, check out: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2688&q=322374&depNav_GID=1511
If you are not from Connecticut, I am sure your local area is doing something fun for Earth Day. You can visit http://www.earthday.org/2012 and find where your local Earth Day event is taking place.
Here are some tips to help keep our earth a little bit cleaner and safer:
Recycle your plastic bottles, newspaper, cardboard, etc.
Use less water when you are washing dishes, brushing your teeth, and taking a shower
Use less electricity by unplugging appliances not being used
Go out for a walk, jog, or ride a bike instead of taking a car
Buy locally or grow your own food (reduces air pollution caused by food/goods transport)
Plant a tree
Buy a reusable water bottle
Build a bird house
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) http://www.epa.gov/earthday/ has a lot more ways on how you can help the environment and be a little more green each day.
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