OSWEGO, NY – The temperatures are on the rise and the snowbanks are melting away. It’s time to start spring cleaning – more than just your house.
In September 1969, US Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration taking place in the spring of 1970, in support of the environment.
On the celebration of the first Earth Day in April of 1970, a Dodge Desoto was filled with garbage and buried near the entrance to the SUNY Oswego campus on Route 104. This was the students’ way of protesting the excessive pollution of the auto industry at the time.
Since then, Earth Day has been celebrated each year on April 22. Today, Earth Day has spread to numerous countries across the globe.
Oswego is known as a county that works together and is proud of its environmental stewardship, according to Richard Drosse, Earth Week coordinator for the Oswego County Environmental Management Council.
“With the diversity of land and water, it is only natural that we protect these natural resources,” he added.
“It is with enthusiasm that the Oswego County Environmental Management Council announces Oswego County’s Earth Week 2014, April 25 to May 4. We ask invites individuals, schools, organizations and groups to participate in a litter and debris cleanup in your community,” Drosse said. “Whether it’s a town park, road, an empty lot or river bank, you can help. Whether a group or individual, we ask your participation in a cleanup that protects our resources.”
According to the study by “Keep America Beautiful,” litter costs in resources more than $11 billion every year. Plastic litter has increased by 165% since 1969. Litter is a contributor to polluting our soils and contaminating our water.
Some may choose instead alternative projects that help sustain and protect our environment.
For example Drosse said, planting trees improves ground cover and remove pollutants from the air. And, rain gardens prevent erosion and protect our rivers and streams.
Trash bags for those individuals and groups that need them will be available through the county.
A supply of safety vests is available, for roadside work.
A limited supply of work gloves will be available through a donation from Novelis.
Novelis asks that you donate any recyclable aluminum cans collected for the Cans for Community.
Collection and disposal of litter bags may be arranged with your city – town – village.
The ninth annual Canal Clean Sweep is set for April 25-27.
For more information follow this link: http://www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep/
Oswego County EMC would like to acknowledge your participation and efforts.
New this year, the EMC will be holding a drawing for a variety of gift certificates donated by businesses from around the county.
To enter, first send in a participation form.
Then, simply email a photo of your cleanup or project with group, location and contact information.
“You may also use the hashtag #OswegoCountyEarthWeek with photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook,” Drosse said. “If you need help – volunteers with your cleanup project, you can post your request.”
The drawing will be held the week after Earth Week to allow time to receive photos.
For detailed information on cleanup suggestions and supplies, to enter the drawing and for a variety of environmental information go to: www.oswegocounty.com/earthweek.html or call 343-4565.