Monday, April 25, 2016

Earth Day improves environment

By: Calista Boggess
   Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, and is dedicated to protecting the environment. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 in Wisconsin, but is now a known global holiday. It is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.
   Many people and organizations clean up the environment on Earth Day; some good places to clean up are rivers, lakes, beaches, and trails. There were about 7,400 people who volunteered to collect trash from roadsides, streams, and public places in 2015; there were 101,000 pounds of garbage accumulated. In Jackson County alone there are several lakes, creeks, and rivers that need our attention.
   “Last year I picked up trash around my neighborhood and I wish to do it again this year,” said sophomore Addison Hartley.
   Fun events the community can do to promote Earth Day are to have a competition to see who can collect the most trash or recyclables and have prizes for the winners. Also there can be a scavenger hunt where participants search for different items such as pop cans, plastic bags, waters bottles, etc. 
   “It is a day for all of us to look at our planet and do things to help our pollution problems and other environmental dangers we are suffering from,” said environmental science student Samantha Border.
   There are many easy ways individuals can help. A person can plant flowers or trees. They can make signs with facts about what recycling does, and if you don't recycle what could happen. Those signs could be put up around school for everyone to see. Something that anyone can do that is easier than tying a shoe is if there is trash laying around just pick it up and put it in a trash can.
   “Keeping the school litter free is important because we need a healthy and clean environment to learn in,” says environmental science student Lauren Hopper.
   It makes a difference in the appearance of a school, park, or if enough people do it, the whole community.

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