Earth Day is coming up on Sunday, April 22nd and on Saturday, April 21st, Marietta is primed to recognize the significance of this day. With a worldwide mission to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement, the advocacy efforts of the Earth Day Network have welcomed over 50,000 partners in 195 countries to raise awareness of our human responsibility to care for our environment and its inhabitants.
In Marietta, environmental care is of the utmost importance for a number of reasons. Not only does our tourism economy and quality of life rely heavily on our natural assets, like our location on the confluence of two rivers and our access to a national forest and a robust trail network, but the Ohio River leads our nation in industrial pollution.
Luckily for Marietta, we have an abundance of local nonprofits working to combat the affects of river pollution, all of which are actively recruiting volunteers. The perfect place to start learning more is downtown on Saturday, April 21st for the scheduled Earth Day events.
Below you can find a flyer of the Earth Day events as well as an interview with Betsy Cook, Riverside Artists Gallery, who is a primary coordinator of Earth Day in Marietta.
Q: What is the significance of Earth Day?
Earth Day began in 1970 to raise awareness of humankind's affect on the earth and its inhabitants, like plants, animals, etc.
Q: What activities are planned to celebrate Earth Day in Marietta?
Participants will make place mats to be used at Tonya’s Country Kitchen, plant seeds, make newspaper pots for planting, “fish” for recyclables, enjoy live music, view solar products, register to vote, and much more all at the Armory from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21st.
Q: What do you hope people will learn from attending Earth Day activities?
Awareness of what our human waste is doing to the Earth and the animals, how we can help save the Earth and environment, what is recyclable, how we are drowning in plastic, animals that are endangered, saving our forests, and more.
Q: Outside of Earth Day, what opportunities exist in Marietta that focus on environmental sustainability?
The Marietta Area Recycling Center on the west side, green sanctuaries at many local churches, Hazardous Waste Day, and Paint Swap Day to name a few. Others are the Friends of the Lower Muskingum River, groups that utilize and protect our natural environment like hiking trails and green spaces, companies like Pickering Energy Solutions that focus on solar power, and others.
Q: Why is environmental sustainability important, especially in Marietta?
It is important everywhere. Our air was very bad with all the chemical plants but has been cleaned up with the new regulations and the work of the clean air groups and chemical plants. Some local industries are jeopardizing our fresh water and City water supplies as well. People must realize that life is not sustainable without fresh clean water.
Q: What are some examples of things people can individually do to be more "green"?
Use less plastic with reusable water containers, don’t litter, recycle, reuse, turn off lights, change light bulbs to LED, use less water to shower and brush, buy local, use renewable energy, and walk rather than drive.
Q: From a business perspective, what strategies can business owners implement to be more environmentally-friendly?
Recycle, reuse, reduce waste, less packaging, reusable bags, walk instead of drive, buy local, use recycled paper, and others.