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Preparations Under Way in ND for 45th Annual Earth Day

PHOTO: It has become the world's largest civic observance, and thousands of people in North Dakota are 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/Flickr.
PHOTO: It has become the world's largest civic observance, and thousands of people in North Dakota are 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/Flickr.
March 11, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the spring-like weather that's now being enjoyed across North Dakota, residents are busy making plans and getting ready for next month's 45th annual Earth Day celebration.

A number of events will be held in communities across the state at which people can get involved, although Kathy Duttenhefner, a North Dakota Parks and Recreation biologist, said people can make a difference every day.

"I'm just big on taking care of the green spaces that we have - parks and forests," she said. "If you're out there enjoying nature, make sure you leave it like you found it. If you see litter, pick it up. That's an easy one. North Dakota is a beautiful state and we have a lot of green space and we should take care of them."

Earth Day is the largest civic observance in the world, with more than 1 billion people participating in related activities each year.

Among the events on the calendar is the Bismarck Earth Day Festival, to be held April 23 at McCabe United Methodist Church. Duttenhefner said the event will include "free trees, free reusable totes, and then there's also exhibitors who'll be there to talk a little bit about, maybe, some helpful hints for homeowners, energy conservation, soil and water conservation."

It's estimated that nearly 2,000 tons of municipal solid waste are generated in North Dakota each day, a majority of which ends up in landfills.

Event details are online at facebook.com. Waste statistics are at biocycle.net.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND