Earth First event culminates Earth Week PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 April 2013 08:26
Amanda Gamby helps Hope Burkin, 12, make hats out of old newspapers during the Earth First celebration held at the Bowling Green City Park Sunday afternoon. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
In celebration of Earth Week, Wood Countians hosted a series of events last week to promote environmental stewardship and awareness.
The Wood County Earth Week events culminated in an Earth First Celebration on Sunday afternoon in Bowling Green City Park. The event was a community celebration of Earth Day and the efforts of those who participated in the events. Some of those attending brought their own picnic meals and participated in family-friendly activities and entertainment.
Several volunteer opportunities were offered leading up to the Sunday celebration.
Last Monday, a park cleanup and garlic mustard removal was hosted by the Wood County Park District and the Wood County Historical Center.
Tuesday, storm drain stenciling was hosted by the Bowling Green Utilities Department.
Wednesday, an Eco Fair was hosted by BGSU in front of the student union.
Thursday, Bowling Green Community Earth Day was hosted by the Montessori School of Bowling Green, plus a park cleanup and garlic mustard removal was hosted by the Wood County Park District at Bradner Preserve.
Saturday, a litter cleanup was hosted by the Bowling Green Utilities Department and BGSU; a Simpson Garden Work Day was hosted by the Bowling Green Parks Department; and storm drain stenciling was hosted by the Wood County Engineer’s Office in Lake Township.
Sponsors of the Earth First Celebration 2013 include Bowling Green State University Office of Campus Sustainability, City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation, City of Bowling Green Utilities Department, OSU Wood County Master Gardeners, Wood County Engineer, Wood County Park District, Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Wood County Solid Waste District.
This year was the 43rd Earth Day. The first Earth Day was in response to an oil spill near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969.
Earth Day is celebrated by more than 1 billion people worldwide in 192 countries.
Organizers of the local Earth Day events cited the following environmental information:
• The average American throws away 3.5 pounds of trash per day, and uses 650 pounds of paper per year.
• Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 15 trees.
• The plastic used in one toner cartridge contains about a half quart of oil.
• The average American, 16 years and older, commutes an average of 25.5 minutes to work one-way. Maryland has the longest average commute time at 32.2 minutes. North and South Dakota have the shortest average commute time at 16.9 minutes.
• Invasive plants infest more than 100 million acres of land in the U.S. Approximately 3 million acres are lost to invasive plants each year.
• Americans buy more than 29 million bottles of water every year. Producing that quantity uses 17 million barrels of crude oil, or enough fuel to keep 1 million cars on the road for a year. Only 13 percent of those water bottles are recycled.
• The U.S. produces an estimated 30 percent of the world’s waste.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 08:35

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