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Halifax celebrates Earth Day Saturday

SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2013
Earth Day, going green….that’s what this Saturday will be in the Town of Halifax as Events Coordinator Susi Robbins calls on residents to join in the festivities which begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. at the Halifax Farmers Market on South Main Street.

Bring the family to enjoy earth-friendly information with local businesses, organizations and school groups that will be offering hands-on activities and fun for all. Enjoy local artists and crafters, great music, great food and door prizes.

This year marks the 43rd birthday for Earth Day which was born on April 22, 1970. U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for the first Earth Day which turned out to be a “teach-in and protest about environmental issues.”

Some 20 million people participated in that first Earth Day celebration and now as many as 500 million turn out annually to take part in the various activities across the nation.

Earth Day celebrations are credited with launching the environmental movement in this country. They helped to convince the US Congress to pass important legislation including the Endangered Species Act and bills that led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), protecting air and water quality.

They led to the closure of leaky landfills and chemical waste sites, while also encouraging greater recycling efforts.

The Earth Day programs also led to the saving of the nation’s symbol — the bald eagle — which in the mid 40’s had virtually disappeared. But after being placed on the government’s Endangered Species List, the eagle has now made an amazing comeback.

The cause of its disappearance was connected with the use of DDT which the eagles got from feeding on small animals and plants that had ingested the chemical spray. The eagle population had only 417 breeding pairs in 1963, but with the banning of DDT in 1972, the numbers rebounded quickly. Today eagles are seen more commonly than they were in the early 1900’s.

How can we help? First by recycling. The Town of Halifax offers free recycling every Wednesday when town employees pick up town furnished containers at street side each week. These may contain paper, cardboard, aluminum, tin cans, glass and plastics which do not have to be sorted. People in the county may take their recyclables to the specially marked green boxes at the local convenience centers.

Work to reduce energy consumption by turning off lights when not in use and conserve water by turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth.

Plant flowers and trees which provide fresh oxygen and remove pollution from the air. Trees also provide shade and slow wind currents. They also prevent soil erosion and absorb water from the ground and recycle it.

When replacing appliances look for the energy saving ones and replace regular light bulbs with fluorescent ones. Laundry should be washed in cold water and turning up the air conditioner in the summer and the heat down in the winter also helps reduce energy consumption. Just make up your mind to go green…

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