Tag: Environment

Earth Day 2020

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Usually each year on Earth Day, I like to share the history of this annual event along with a link to find a local clean-up. Like almost every event on Earth, COVID-19 has caused most cleanup events to be postponed until later in the year. Some may move forward if they meet current safety criteria, and comply with local and federal health advisories. Practice social distancing and sanitary awareness at any cleanups deemed safe by authorities. 

Earth Day Network, the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, is going digital with messages, performances, and calls-to-action from celebrities and activists. Check out www.earthday.org/earth-day-live/

And now, onto the history of Earth Day from www.earthday.org:

The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement into force.”

Unfortunately, 50 years after the first Earth Day our country appears to be regressing, with environmental protections being eased and erased in favor of corporate profits. Despite the actions of our government, Earth Day continues today and the principles it was founded on seem to be finding more of a following than ever among us citizens. People of all walks of life are making changes in their daily lives to save the planet. 

 

 

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Bag Waste Reduction Law

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Starting March 1, 2020, a new bag waste reduction law will take effect in New York State – where over 23 billion plastic bags are typically used each year. Plastic bag usage affects both our communities and environment. Plastic bags can be seen stuck in trees, as litter in our neighborhoods, and floating in our waterways. From the significant recycling and disposal issues they pose to the harm they can do to wildlife, the negative impacts of plastic bags are easily seen.

As a consumer, you can help and #BYOBagNY – Bring Your Own Bag. Keep reusable bags in your car, or clip folding reusable bags onto your commuting bag or purse so you always have them handy. If you store them near the door or coat closet, you’ll be more likely to remember them on the way out. Remember that every time you use a reusable bag, you are doing your part to prevent litter and waste. Using reusable bags makes sense and is the right thing to do. You can also remind your family, friends, and neighbors to bring their reusable bags whenever they shop.

The Bag Waste Reduction Law applies to more than just grocery stores. Whether you’re going to the grocery store, clothes shopping, or to a home improvement store, make sure to bring your reusable bags.

 

 

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Earth Day 2019

The original “Green” movement began in the 1970’s, when true environmental  advancements were made — pollution was slowed, lakes and streams were cleaned, air quality was improved, alternative energy development sources utilizing the sun and wind were built.  Unfortunately, nearly 50 years after the first Earth Day our country appears to be regressing, with environmental protections being eased and erased in favor of corporate profits.

Despite the actions of our government, Earth Day continues today and the principles it was founded on seem to be finding more of a following than ever among us citizens. People of all walks of life are making changes in their daily lives to save the planet. 

During the month of April 2019, Earth Day Network is coordinating volunteer cleanups across the US by working with grassroots organizations and community members to clean up green spaces, urban landscapes, and waterways. With cleanup locations in cities across the U.S., the Earth Day 2019 Cleanup will build an army of volunteers and make a tangible impact on waste in our environments.

To find a clean up in your city, visit https://cleanup.earthday.org/

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Columbia County Historical Society Chosen for Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

The Columbia County Historical Society (CCHS), has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of July, at its Valatie location — 2967 Route 9.

The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program launched in October 2015, and is designed to support local nonprofits through the sale of reusable Community Bags. CCHS was selected by Hannaford as the July beneficiary of the program, and for every reusable Community Bag purchased at the Valatie Hannaford during July, CCHS will receive a $1 donation.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as July’s benefactor for the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program,” said CCHS Executive Director, Lori Yarotsky. “Our mission is to preserve and present the history, heritage and culture of Columbia County, and serve the whole county, so it means a lot to be recognized by our local Hannaford Supermarket, especially this summer while there are a lot of exciting–and some new–exhibitions at all four CCHS-owned properties.”

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable BagProgram, visit hannaford.bags4mycause.com.

 

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Local Author, Nancy Castaldo, Exhibit “Back From The Brink,” at Chatham Bookstore

 

In a show entitled “Back From The Brink,” local author Nancy Castaldo discusses photographs from her new book that looks at endangered species and their unique ecosystems. Castaldo’s photographs and the story about the successful human efforts to protect them are published in the book Back from the Brink: Saving Animals from Extinction, which is due April 24 from Houghton Mifflin.

There will be a reception following the discussion, and Castaldo’s photographs will be displayed at the bookstore through the end of the month.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, April 14 2018 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm – discussion with the author
5 pm – 7 pm Reception
Exhibit runs from April 7 through April 30.

LOCATION:
The Chatham Bookstore
27 Main Street in the Village of Chatham

ADMISSION:
Free

MORE:
ChathamBookStore.com
facebook.com/thechathambookstore

 

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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.