Earth Day 2016

Celebrating-Earth-Day-Locally-90cd7249Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 with worldwide events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970 and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year. In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace; the first one was celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later, a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in which was first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. Denis Hayes, who was the original national Earth Day coordinator in 1970, launched an organization that took it internationally in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week; an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues that trouble the world.

Locally, there are many events for you to choose from in your celebration of Earth Day.

-Bobbie Lee Davenport, founder of Cypress Cove Conservancy (CCC), will speak at 6 p.m. at a wine and cheese reception at Arsenault Studio and Banyan Arts Gallery, in Naples on Wednesday April 20th. This event will be held from 5:30 PM- 7:oo PM. All donations go to support CCC (Cypress Cove Conservancy). CCC is dedicated to purchasing vital natural habitat for wildlife and is raising money to purchase an important 200-acre piece of land known as a crossing for listed and endangered species.


-Goodwill Industries will celebrate Earth Day by encouraging area residents to bring clothing, electronics, shoes, books, household items, computers and cell phones to donate on Thursday April 21st from 9AM- 4PM. In addition, Free shredding for residents and businesses is offered by Goodwill Secure Shred. Residents can also rid medicine cabinets and homes of unused, unnecessary or expired medicines with safe disposal by Drug Free Collier’s Operation Medicine Cabinet. Hazardous household chemicals, rechargeable batteries, paints, used motor oil and fluorescent bulbs are also accepted for collection by Collier County Solid Waste Management.

-Celebrate Earth Day at Naples Botanical Garden on Friday April 22nd from 9 AM -5 PM. This event will feature free tours and rides at 11 AM and 2PM.

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