Dr. Karen Bell, Keep Liberty Beautiful
Keep Liberty Beautiful and Liberty County’s Earth Day Celebration may be over, but our responsibility to take care of the Earth is not.
The in-person family Earth Day event turned out to be a perfect day for the community to celebrate our Earth. We conducted our sneaky way of having fun while educating and bringing community awareness on recycling, litter prevention, water conservation and beautification. Keep Liberty Beautiful also provided online activities via social media throughout April. With the help of HDDA and the Bryant Commons Foundation, we had a successful in-person event.
I also have to mention that our Liberty County Earth Day event took months of planning. The dedicated KLB staff, Earth Day committee members, community partners and KLB advisory board members worked long hours to ensure this year’s event would be a success! Earth Day is for our community and is put on by our community. We had 11 sponsors: the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce; Jimmy Shanken with Coldwell Banker Southern Coast — Moving Truck; TR Long Engineering; Canoochee EMC; Andy Bennett: Allstate Insurance; Yates-Astro — Bug Bus; Navy Federal Credit Union; Coastal Electric Cooperative; The Heritage Bank; Georgia Power Company; and South Georgia Bank. We also had some great supporters for this event: Liberty County Solid Waste, the Liberty County Road Department, ESG, Chickfil- A, the Coastal Courier, Liberty County, Long County, the City of Flemington, the City of Hinesville, the City of Walthourville, the City of Allenhurst, the City of Riceboro, the City of GumBranch and the City of Midway.
We had 50 booths hosted by organizations, businesses, agencies and churches that partner with us at Keep Liberty Beautiful. The booths offered a wide variety of crafts, displays and activities during our biggest educational event.
We had 158 volunteers throughout the day that gave up their time to accomplish our mission of undercover environmental education disguised as fun.
The month of April may be over, but we still have to take care of our Earth. Here is a short list to keep in mind of ways you can make a difference: • Conserve water at home by taking shorter showers, water your yards only as needed, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
• Dispose of toxic waste the right way. Paint, motor oil and other chemicals should not be poured down the drain or directly into the ecosystem.
• Prevent litter by placing trash in the correct location.
• Try to use less electricity by shutting off electrical equipment when not in use.
• Drive your vehicle less by walking, riding a bike or carpooling more often.
• Buy local, which helps area businesses and combats air pollution by avoiding longer trips in the car.
• Plant trees and plants to help the environment.
KLB’s next Great American Cleanup is Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Walthourville City Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. Come join us, or schedule your own cleanup by contacting the KLB.
To learn more about our mission and KLB events, call (912) 880-4888 or email klcb@liberty countyga.com. Also, be sure to follow Keep Liberty Beautiful on Facebook and Instagram.