Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22

Earth Day is April 22

A number of local events are taking place to observe the occasion. Above, from left, Max Jacobs, Luca Bowen, Aslan Basdogan, Freyje and Pernilla Borgia announce an Earth Day celebration in Manchester.

A number of local events are taking place to observe the occasion. Above, from left, Max Jacobs, Luca Bowen, Aslan Basdogan, Freyje and Pernilla Borgia announce an Earth Day celebration in Manchester.

You Can Help End Plastic Pollution

From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change our attitudes and behaviors about plastics. Every person can take action to end plastic pollution, and Earth Day is the perfect time to start! You can go to earthday.org to learn more about this problem, create a personal plan to address it, track your progress and share your photos and stories. Making a pledge to reduce your use of plastic is a simple way to make a big impact.

Rutland Event to Show Off BROC’s New Rooftop Solar Array

On Tuesday, April 24, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., BROC Community Action and Same Sun of Vermont will host an Earth Day event celebrating the completion of the largest rooftop solar array in downtown Rutland at 45 Union Street. A collaboration with Same Sun, USDA Vermont Rural Development and Green Mountain Power has resulted in the installation of 213 rooftop solar panels, which will save BROC Community Action nearly a quarter million dollars over their useful life (30 years) and offset nearly 56,000 pounds of carbon pollution per year. The free event will feature entertainment by local first graders, The Clean Up Kids,’ Earth Day goodie giveaways and a drone fly-over.

Turn the World Around at Earth Day Celebration In Manchester

The Northshire environmental justice group, Earth Matters, invites everyone to enjoy an Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the gazebo in Factory Point Park in Manchester. The event is free and all are welcome. Songs, poems and recitations about nature and Mother Earth will be performed. Performers will include professional musicians, environmental speakers and others who are passionate about turning the world around. Bring lawn chairs to sit on. You are also encouraged to bring drums and other percussion instruments. Suggestions for well-known sing-a-longs are welcome. Learn the latest news on renewable energy, zero waste, green alternatives, sustainability and what you can do on an individual basis to mitigate climate change. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed. For further details, go to 350VT.org or send an email to Anne D’Olivo at dolivoanne@gmail.com.

Earth Matters is a 350VT node and a sub-committee of MoveOn Manchester. Their mission is to educate, communicate and take action on environmental and climate change issues at the local, state, national and global levels, and support the promotion of eco initiatives in the Northshire.

Greenwich Explores Many Ways to Support the Environment

In celebration of Earth Day, local organizations are coming together at the Greenwich Free Library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, to showcase the ways you and your family can make a difference.

Have you been looking for a group or organization that could use your skills and aligns with your interests? Here is your opportunity to learn about the different groups and organizations doing good work in the community. Many operate on shoestring budget yet are determined to address a problem or meet a need, so their need for all levels of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers is ongoing. The event, organized by the Battenkill Conservancy with support from the Greenwich Library, will showcase the following: Comfort Food Community, focused on meeting food shortages by working with area farmers; Village Gardens and Streetscape Group, which plans, improves and maintains the streetscape; friends of Fiddler’s Elbow/Bald Mountain, which aims to replant the garden at the end of Fiddler’s Elbow Road and address roadside trash; Thunder Mountain Recreational Area, where you can sign up to help paint picnic tables or do trail maintenance; and Battenkill Conservancy, which will present its ‘Adopt a Stream’ program. Information about additional volunteer opportunities for the May 5 Community Paddle and Clean Up and the June 5 National Trails Day will also be available. There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities to help our surrounding woods, trails, water and soil – and thereby celebrate Mother Earth! Greenwich Free Library is located at 148 Main Street in Greenwich, N.Y.

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