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Go green for Earth Day
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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We are celebrating Earth Day this month. I hope you will join us.
The annual celebration is not a day for just so-called "tree huggers" and hold over hippie-types. The Earth is our home. We should all be celebrating what a wonderful home it is.
Most of the time I doubt we give even a thought about our impact on this planet of ours. Earth Day, April 22, is a good time to remember all we have and to give thanks for the rich natural resources that make the good life possible.
This month we will try to remind all Liberty County residents that we can show our appreciation to our Earth by incorporating simple changes in our lives to conserve precious resources. You do not have to be a fanatic or "enviro-freak" to want to know that there are way too many of us living on this planet now. We all need to find ways to lessen the damage we often unknowingly create for our land, water and fellow creatures.
This month there will be a variety of opportunities for you to learn more about going green. Yes, I know "green living" is really trendy. Everything is suddenly "natural" or "organic" and everybody talks about their "carbon footprint."
This month we'll share information and ideas anyone can incorporate to protect our environment.
During the month, we will also have entertaining and educational programs in elementary schools on water conservation and the serious impact of stormwater pollution. We will also share Earth Day placemats, showcasing the artwork of a local poster contest winner. The placemats will be in local restaurants and elementary schools. We will also have church bulletin inserts on Earth Stewardship available for April 20. If you would like to get some bulletins for your church, please 368-4888. We also will be sharing brochures on ways to reduce stormwater pollution in local businesses.
On April 22, we will mark Earth Day in Bradwell Park in downtown Hinesville to showcase environmental exhibits and ideas for green living as well as fun sidewalk chalk art contest. This event is in partnership with a week of events highlighting Georgia Cities Week.
We can't truly celebrate the Earth without looking for ways to clean up the trash. There are a number of cleanups this month and in May. If you would like to participate in one of them or schedule one for your neighborhood, call my office at 368-4888 or email me at We can provide supplies, flyers and T-shirts for volunteers. We have already had more 200 volunteers make a difference with roadside cleanups, improvement projects, a beach cleanup, tree plantings, plastics recycling and an electronics recycling collection.
Here are some of the other upcoming events during the Great American Cleanup:
Through May: The Clean Community Challenge. Challenge others to join you and your group in making our community as clean as possible. Dozens of groups have committed. Call 368 4888 or email for information.
Through May: Return the Warmth Plastics Recycling. A contest in local schools collecting plastic bottles.
April 19: Woodland Lakes workday and Cleanup Day in Arlington Park
April 22: Earth Day Go Green! Exhibits and 2nd annual Earth Day Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Bradwell Park
April 26: Litter 'Throwdown' Hwy 84 and More! 8:30 a.m.-noon. Challenging groups and businesses to clean major corridors. Contact KLCB or any Kiwanis Club member for information.
May 3: City of Flemington Cleanup. Contact KLCB or any YALL student for information.
May 10: Community Recycle It! Fair 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Turn in electronics, paint, fluorescent light bulbs, phone books and other hazardous waste for recycling. We will also accept toys for reuse or recycling. Call 368 4888 for info.
May 15: City of Midway Cleanup 9 a.m.-noon

For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Sara Ann Swida at 368-4888 or email
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