What to do in Cornwall as Earth Day celebrates 40 years?
Cornwall ON – April 22nd 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of our celebration of Earth Day. Looking at the www.earthday.org site it asks us to ‘join the more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day.’ These actions are all something to green up or clean up our lives. If you are looking to commemorate this day with a special activity check out some of the following suggestions.
The City of Cornwall is hosting a Spring Clean-up, a public program to promote environmental stewardship. The Mayor invites all Cornwall citizens to clean public places. Bins have been placed at The Complex for disposal of waste and recyclables. This event takes place from April 22 to April 24. The city contact for this public event is Christine Guay, 613-930-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The city collects biodegradable yard waste such a leaves and twigs for composting which extends the life of our land fills and provides useful compost material for interested parties to use in their gardens. If you haven’t used this service in the past please consider putting this waste in re-usable containers or paper yard waste bags. This yard waste will be collected on your regular garbage day. Service available until May 14th only.. Contact: Christine Guay, 613-930-2787.
You can join The River Institute for their annual Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup. Volunteers are welcome to join in to collect garbage along the shoreline surrounding the River Institute and St. Lawrence College. The Institute will provide the gloves and collection bags. Cleanup will take place Thursday, April 22nd from Noon to 1 p.m. Everyone is to meet in front of the River Institute building on the St. Lawrence campus, Cornwall, ON.
Of course, you can begin your very own Earth day celebration tradition…we all share this spaceship called planet Earth and can certainly use all the help we can get. Please do share the details of your project with everyone here.
I would like to send a shout out to the gentlemen who cleaned up the ditch of all the debris left by our melting snow on the north side of Gore Road from the Glendale subdivision. You are a caring kind soul and your kindness and concern was certainly noticed and appreciated by this Earth Matters writer.
Also, a shout out to Michelle from Wok Express in the Cornwall Square. She didn’t bat an eye when I handed her my container to use for my take-out lunch order. Thank you Michelle. I have been trying to eliminate plastic and Styrofoam garbage in my daily goings on…it is most challenging. I invite each of you to stop and take a look at the amount of plastic garbage generated in the produce section in your supermarket alone. On my last visit I found myself
wondering how an organic producer could justify inorganic plastic packaging?
Lastly, I invite you to visit an Earth Display in the front display window of The Seaway News building; created by yours truly for the community of Cornwall in celebration of this 40th anniversary of Earth Day, 2010. Feel free to visit 24/7 during the month of April.