Earth Day Celebrates 40th Anniversary

By: Brad Ciociola
By: Brad Ciociola

Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment.

Locally, ECU will celebrate Earth Day along with its 31st annual Barefoot on the Mall. ECU, along with Aramark, will host several activities throughout campus including a Barefoot Lunch at West End Dining Hall and a farmer's market.

Students at Croatan High School in Swansboro will do their part for the planet by rebuilding a marsh on Jones Island in the White Oak River. The students will meet at Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro at 9 a.m. and then boat to the 22-acre island at the mouth of the river. There, they will plant marsh grass that slows shoreline erosion, filters pollution in the river and provides habitat for many estuarine species.

Retailers around the country will be offering some Earth Day freebies.

-Disney Stores will hand out 70,000 "eco" caps to kids who bring in six plastic bottles or aluminum cans.

-Pottery Barn Kids will hand out free plants to kids from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-Stonyfield will give a free MP3 download of an unreleased Jack Johnson to folks who make Earth Day resolutions and share them online.

-Wegmans will hand out free reusable bags to customers who bring in bags filled with Wegmans plastic bags.

-Walgreens will refill printer cartridges in just $1 with a coupon in an effort to keep the spent cartridges out of landfills.

-Burt's Bees will hand out smoothies made with natural ingredients and fake beards to visitors in New York's Time Square.

-National Parks that usually charge fees are fee-free through Sunday.

*Follow the link below for a slide show of the top 10 Earth Day photos.

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  • by C on Apr 22, 2010 at 04:59 PM
    Aunt B: I get what you mean,but I really won't sweat it! To Dave: You rock! To OSOC: You're still my kinda folks! Now,y'all please excuse me while I go throw away a whole bunch of Mountain Dew containers [all plastic and aluminum]. After that,I was thinking about going out to the driveway and cranking up the ol' SUV....
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    In celebration of the event, I am thinking of just firing up the ole chain saw and chase liberals down my road....jason is back.....arrrg, a tree going to fall somewhere....I need em for me ship!
  • by concerned Location: wmstn. on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:43 AM
  • by Dave Location: Outside the box on Apr 22, 2010 at 09:29 AM
    The Earth has survived BILLIONS of years without a day dedicated to it. SO why start caring now?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    There are more Freebies listed here:
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 06:43 AM
    All We Are Is Dust In The Wind.
  • by JB Location: Washington on Apr 22, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    My garden and trees really love CO2 so keep pumping it out folks! Trees need CO2 and we need trees to pump out oxygen so we can breathe. Look at the You-tuba video of a plant with lots of CO2 compared to the plant with little CO2. Amazing difference. If we cut out all the CO2, we will suffocate and die.
  • by Barry Fred Ciociola on Apr 22, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Good article really relevent. Need more storys that are "feel good". Go Earth Day !
  • by B-Care-Ful Location: BC on Apr 22, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    I really want to try one of those Burt's Bee smoothies with Natural Ingredients and Fake Beards. I never had a Fake Beard in my smoothie before. Sounds delicious!!! LOL
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    Tell this to the volcano in Iceland.What a bunch of GARBAGE this is.Polluting the minds of kids.I think I will take a number 2 outside and pollute the air with methane gas and watch the flies eat it instead of flushing my comode and polluting the ground water.
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