Earth Day celebration, other activities slated

PLATTSBURGH - Though it's only recognized on the calendar one day a year, there's one group that feels every day should be Earth Day.

The Every Day Earth Day Committee, consisting of concerned local residents, will host its second annual Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 16, at the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market Pavilion on Durkee Street.

The idea behind the event each year is to get people thinking about making more environmentally-conscious decisions and how little steps can add up to a big positive impact on the earth, said Sarah L. Cronk-Duquette, one of the event's organizers.

This year's celebration will have a larger focus on the aspect of growing foods locally, she added.

"One of the things we're focusing on this year is growing local," said Cronk-Duquette. "We're going to have people there teaching canning, Cornell Cooperative Extension will have Master Gardeners there ... and we'll have CSAs, orchards and farmers presenting what they do on an everyday basis."

"Our focus this year is really on growing local and seeing the benefits of that instead of going to the supermarket," she added.

The Earth Day celebration will once again kick off at the Durkee Street pavilion at 12 p.m., however, those attending are encouraged to participate in a "People Powered Pick-up" on their way to the event, which encourages people to pick up trash as they walk or bike to the pavilion.

"We're hoping people will decide to keep their cars in the garage this year and bike, walk, run however they want to get down to the farmers market and pick up litter along the way," said Cronk-Duquette, adding trash receptacles will be on site to dispose of refuse.

The official kick-off to the celebration will consist of opening announcements, presentation of "Green Recognitions" to selected businesses, organizations and individuals who embody of the values and goals of the Every Day Earth Day committee, and a ribbon-cutting, with a ribbon made from old plastic bags.

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