Communities Take Part in Environmental Activism for Earth Day 2012
At Storm Water Systems, we love Earth Day. It’s the one day a year that the entire globe comes together to appreciate our Mother Earth. We wish every day was Earth Day, but unfortunately it only comes once a year in April. Even so, we are proud of the people that come together to make the world a better place. We wanted to share some great stories of activism from Earth Day 2012.
Home to one of our Bandalong Litter Traps, the Arkansas River underwent the 11th annual river clean up on April 21st. Volunteers from all over the state pitched in to help remove trash and debris from the river and the river’s banks. This clean up was registered with “American Rivers” as part of the National River Cleanup Initiative.
In Eastern Kentucky, 300 volunteers came out on a cold, rainy Saturday to help clean the trash from their beautiful rivers and lakes. This year’s Laurel River Lake Clean Up event marked the 24th year that this event has taken place. Each year, the clean up takes place the Saturday before Earth Day. The event was started with the U.S. Department of Forestry and 15 years ago, PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment) got involved.
More than 4000 volunteers came together in Wisconsin to dedicate their time to cleaning up their beloved rivers. On Saturday, the Milwaukee Riverkeeper sponsored the 17th annual spring cleanup. Volunteers aimed to remove debris and trash from the water and banks, as well as pulling invasive plant species and educate the community about the importance of their rivers.
These are just a few of the great events that took place in celebration of Earth Day 2012. What events did you participate in?