Created in 1970, the Earth Day concept is based on the belief that all human beings have a moral responsibility to protect the Earth. April 22nd will mark the beginning of “The Green Generation Campaign.” This is also the focus for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. Earth Day 2009 will be a day of action and civic participation, to defend The Green Generation’s core principles:
- A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
- An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
- Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.
There are many events coinciding with this day all over the US. Check out some of the local events happening nearby-
Earth Fest– Party for the Planet! Celebrate Earth Day 2009 at the Minnesota Zoo. This Earth Day event will feature hands-on and eco-friendly activities, crafts, displays and more. The Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
April 19-20 http://www.mnzoo.com/guests/SpecialEvents/EarthFest_09.asp
City of Hastings Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 25, 2009
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Hastings Civic Arena
2801 Redwing Blvd., Hastings, MN 55033
Create your own non-toxic cleaner, bring home a tree seedling to plant, talk with a Master Gardener or the City Forester, learn about Hastings’ wetlands, rain barrels, composting, recycling, rain gardens, energy conservation, and much, much more! Check out the Earth Balloon, view all the art work from the 5th grade Earth Day poster contest, or participate in a Mad Science Project.
Clean Our Your Home Office! NEW THIS YEAR!! Pioneer SecureShred will have a mobile shredding truck on-site in the Civic Arena parking lot to shred and recycle all your confidential papers. The attendant will secure your materials into a locking security container, which will be hydraulically lifted directly into the shredding chamber. You DO NOT need to remove staples, paperclips, binder clips, or metal tabs on file folders, but please DO remove 3-ring binders. Maximum of 2 banker’s boxes worth of paper per car please.
Recycle Old Crayons! The MOMs Club is working with the City of Hastings to collect old, broken crayons for recycling. Bring your old crayons to Earth Day so they can be given a new life! Please leave wrappers on the crayons. Visit http://www.ci.hastings.mn.us/CityServices/Recycling/CSRecyclingEvents.htm for more info.
Celebrate Earth Day with a child! Teach them small steps about living greener. Remind them to turn off the water while brushing their teeth and encourage them to take quick showers to conserve water. Reduce electricity by turning off tv’s, lights, and computers. Remember that DVD players, chargers, etc. still use electricity even when turned OFF. Cutting the power overnight or during the day is the way to go!
Explain to the kids that each bottle/can they use is waste that sits in a pile at the dump if we don’t recycle. Get them involved by making it their job to sort recyclables and take them out for pickup.
What are YOUR plans for Earth Day 2009? How will you celebrate our beautiful earth? How are you already living green? List one thing you can do that you’re not currently doing to “live green?” Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or log in to post response here.