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Minnesota Prepares for 45th Annual Earth Day

PHOTO: Picking up trash is part of what has become the world's largest civic observance: Earth Day. Thousands of people across Minnesota are now making plans to take part in the 45th annual Earth Day, with events to be held on and around April 22. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
PHOTO: Picking up trash is part of what has become the world's largest civic observance: Earth Day. Thousands of people across Minnesota are now making plans to take part in the 45th annual Earth Day, with events to be held on and around April 22. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
March 17, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With spring-like weather being enjoyed across Minnesota, residents are busy making plans and getting ready for next month's 45th annual Earth Day celebration.

There will be a number of events in communities across the state that people can get involved in, although Steven Giddings with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says anyone, anywhere, can make a difference every day.

"You don't think about things like leaking toilets, but there's a lot of water conservation that can occur by fixing that," he says. "Or something as simple as making sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure on your car. Those types of things."

Earth Day is now the largest civic observance in the world, with more than one billion people participating in related activities each year.

Giddings says among the events MPCA staff will be leading is the 26th annual Lafayette Park clean-up in St. Paul on April 22.

"This is something we do in coordination with our Lafayette Park neighbors," says Giddings. "Last year we had a clean-up and recovered over 4,800 pounds of trash from the neighborhood, and it involved over 180 people."

There are nearly six million tons of waste generated in Minnesota each year, with 1.7 million tons of that ending up in landfills.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN