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  • Lynn Youngblood: Do your part for the planet on Earth Day

  • Do you know what next Monday is? Hint: It’s my daughter’s birthday. It’s also the 43rd Earth Day celebration.

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  • Do you know what next Monday is? Hint: It’s my daughter’s birthday.
    It’s also the 43rd Earth Day celebration.
    Cities, states and countries celebrate Earth Day. According to Earth Day Network, last year the “Earth Day Network’s ‘MobilizeU Campaign’ galvanized students from 300 colleges and universities in 51 countries to take part in a month of environmental action, meaning more than 300,000 “acts of green,” aiming for meaningful environmental change. Actions ranged from Western Kentucky University’s campaign to reduce plastic bag usage to India’s SV National Institute of Technology establishing a solar-powered desalinization plant on campus.
    In our area, several events are coming up:
    • An Earth Day celebration at Powell Gardens. It’s all day Saturday. Learn about composting food and yard waste and about collecting water in rain barrels. There’s a cooking demonstration at 2 p.m. Powell Gardens – www.powellgaardens.com – is at 1609 N.W. U.S. 50 near Kingsville.
    • “Get Your Green On” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the City Market at 20 E. Fifth St., in Kansas City. The regular farmers market it open, and there’s an electronics recycling event. There’s also a puppet show at 1 p.m., part of a festival puppets from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More at www.surplusexchange.org.
    • The 16th Annual EarthWalk, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at City Market Park at Third and Main Streets, also in the River Market area. It’s a three-mile walk on the Riverfront Heritage Trail. It’s free and open to the public. Registration at 8 a.m., walk at 9 a.m. More at www.bridgingthegap.org.
    The Earth Day Network also reports other contributions around the world, from 204,722 trees planted in Cyprus to 1,570,839 “acts of green” by students in Oman, where every school in the country hosts an environmental festival on conservation and sustainability. More than 200 Earth Day activities were held last year at U.S. embassies and consulates. In Africa, the Paradigm Project committed to install 5 million fuel efficient cook stoves in homes.
    Also, the California Coastal Commission organized its Coastal Clean-Up Day 2012 in coordination with A Billion Acts of Green, and volunteers collected more than 3 million pounds of recyclable material from beaches and bays. More than 500,000 students participated as Keep America Beautiful gathered recyclables. In Rochester, Minn., residents held a community cleanup and collected 12,000 pounds of trash.
    These are only a few of the notable mentions, but they are all quite amazing achievements.
    In a perfect world, everyone is doing what they can to care for and keep the Earth clean and alive for the next generation. There are countless measures you as one person can do. Earth Day is one day a year to remind us to do our part.
    Page 2 of 2 - When my daughter was young she was thrilled to tell me that she was my Earth Day baby. April 22 will always be a special day in our family, for more reasons than one.
    Reach Lynn Youngblood at TheGreenSpace@sbcglobal.net.
     
     
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