April is filled with special days and activities, but the greenest one is the Earth Day in the Park Celebration on Wednesday, April 22. Mark your calendars now to join us at the “Green Scene” this year. This Earth Day event promises to be an afternoon full of family fun and activities to turn any Liberty County family “green.”
I think Kermit the Frog was wrong years ago: It actually is easy to be green these days with a little help from local organizations and businesses that are leading the way. Earth Day is celebrated throughout the world in a variety of ways but in our town, it is a fun-filled afternoon of exhibits, displays, games and crafts that focus on ways to take better care of our planet.
This is KLCB’s third year putting on the event in partnership with some of our local municipal governments — the cities of Hinesville, Flemington, Walthourville and Allenhurst as well as the Liberty County. These municipal governments band together to deter stormwater pollution problems locally and to increase citizen awareness about the impact of stormwater pollution on our waterways. This Earth Day event is one of the many ways that we try to circulate that information throughout the community. We also focus on ways to conserve our natural resources, particularly water — one of our most precious commodities.
Don’t think that just because we got all that rain that we don’t need to worry about conserving water. We all need to realize that it is certainly time to stop taking all of our natural resources for granted. Responsible communities know that it is critical to support the effective use and re-use of natural resources to save energy, money and to protect our planet. Haven’t we lived a little selfishly for too long? We need all of our resources and we need to act now to use and recycle those resources today in an effective manner so future generations will have the resources they need.
A range of environmentally significant topics are covered during the Earth Day. The event also includes talks on litter prevention, the importance of trees, recycling, composting, green energy products, organic gardening, nature and animal exhibits and petting zoos.
Some of the highlights of this year’s event will be the popular sidewalk chalk art contest open to all ages, an environmental exhibit contest for local 4-hers, music, food and raffle prizes every half hour. More than 50 booths, exhibits, games and crafts will sneak in eco-friendly information and messages that children and families can use. We’ll have some special guests, like Ronald McDonald, joining us. He may have red hair, but he has a “green” heart.
Earth Day also will feature a number of booths highlighting natural and organic products. Our friends at the YMCA will be running the Enviro-Jeopardy game. Join us. It’s free and it’s fun. But watch out, you might turn green!
More upcoming KLCB events that need your help:
• Through April 18: River of Words display at the Liberty County Library.
• Through May 15: Recycle 4 Liberty contest in schools. Schools will collect PET #1 plastic bottles and the tops of aluminum cans.
• April 18: Walthourville cleanup.
• April 18: Savannah Tech cleanup event and Celebration of the Young Child.
• April 25, 8:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.: Hinesville, Highway 84 and more day.
• April 22, 3-5:30 p.m. Earth Day in the park.
• Live Oak Photo Exhibit on display at Melon Bluff for spring hours through April 19: Noon-4 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays.
• May 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Gum Branch cleanup.
For more information on Keep Liberty County Beautiful programs, contact Swida at 368-4888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.