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Earth Day is Every Day

By Staff | Apr 17, 2012

Earth Day was a movement that was started 42 years ago and it is always celebrated on April 22. For many, conservation is a daily commitment, but this day in April is a time to focus attention on the earth’s natural resources and the importance they play in everyday lives.

Governor Corbett announced that there are more than 6,000 individuals employed by the Commonwealth in environmentally related careers at the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) is credited with being the founder of Earth Day. In September 1969, Sen. Nelson announced that there would be a national environmental teach-in on college campuses and elsewhere during the spring of 1970. A law student, Denis Hayes, helped to organize one of these teach-ins after going to Washington, D.C., to interview Sen. Nelson. Hayes is still involved in the national Earth Day movement.

Its mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land and water from pollution, provide for the health and safety of citizens through a cleaner environment, preserve and maintain state parks and forests, and provide information on the state’s ecological and geologic resources.

Hundreds of events are scheduled to take place this month across the state, from cleanups to festivals, to renew the spirit, celebrate the Earth and bring attention to the environment. The theme for Earth Day 2012 is “Honoring Pennsylvania’s Environmental Public Servants.”

One of the biggest cleanup efforts held each spring is the Great American Cleanup of

Pennsylvania. Sponsored by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, hundreds of local cleanups are held in every county in the state from March 1 through May 31.

The Muncy Borough Clean Up Days are April 27 to May 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All residents living in the Borough of Muncy are encouraged to take part in the event that will start at 14 N. Washington Street. Pickup will include a 2.5 mile stream bank and three state highways. For more information contact supervisor, Patrick Weber at 560-3219 or E-mail at pwebermuncyboro@aol.com

Montgomery’s Clean up day is scheduled on Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a rain date for May 5. Known as the The Great Black Hole Cleanup, the event is sponsored by the The Black Hole Creek Watershed Association and will be a litter clean up day and will meet at the Bower Street Bridge. For more information contact Becky Sanguedolce at 547-6289 for send e-mail to beckyatriverside@aol.com.

Picture Rocks will also be having their clean up day on Saturday, April 28 from 7 a.m. to Noon. Meet at the Picture Rocks Borough Office. The event will also take place at Van Renseller Park. For more information contact Larry Nunn at 584-3358.