Earth Day began as a grassroots effort on April 22, 1970, to educate people about the environment, and the day has continued to grow over the years. Created to celebrate the planet and raise awareness of the effects of pollution, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide every April 22 with rallies, conferences, and outdoor activities and projects. In 1990, the day went global, and 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the event, according to the Earth Day Network.
Why is Earth Day so important, you ask? It reminds people to think about the threats the planet faces and it takes everyone’s help to protect our environment. There are many ways you can help make the planet a cleaner and more beautiful place right in your community.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois are hosting an event called ‘Keep Burlington Beautiful’ this Saturday to support the environment and give back to the community. The event, which will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Port of Burlington, is the perfect opportunity to get out and help improve your community!
April 16 will mark the 16th year of the annual Keep Burlington Beautiful Citywide Cleanup. “The event is held every year in an effort to bring community members together, pick up trash, and celebrate Earth Day,” explained Kent Rector, environmental education and public relations manager for the Starr’s Cave Nature Center.
Volunteers will be assigned to clean designated areas, and will receive gloves and trash bags to aid in the removal of debris. The City of Burlington will also have trucks to help pick up bags of trash left at each location. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m.
“Last year we had over 350 volunteers, the majority of which were Girl Scouts from the Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois council,” said Rector. “It’s always amazing to see just how much trash is collected from our roadways, riverbanks, and natural areas.”
On average, about five tons of trash is collected in as little as three hours. “Each year, we round up volunteers of all ages and head out, armed with trash bags, boots, and gloves, and every year we pick up more and more trash,” Rector said. “Where this trash comes from is beyond me.”
After a morning of hard work, volunteers are invited back to the Port for a complimentary lunch. Don’t miss out on door prizes and tree giveaways by the local Trees Forever chapter, as well as entertainment! Earth Day t-shirts will be available for five dollars.
Mark your calendar! Earth Day is Friday, April 22. How do you plan to clean up your community? Comment below!
Until Next Time,
Restoring Iowa Jobs Team