For over 30 years, millions of Americans have joined together to question the forces causing environmental problems and celebrating planet Earth on April 22, Earth Day. In Western New York, members of our community have been working at the international, ederal, state and local levels to make everyday Earth Day.
We have seen some awesome progress: Lake Erie is no longer considered dead, knowledge of chemicals and their health effects are increasing daily and environmental organizations are strong political players at all levels of governing. We also recognize there is a long way to go. Pollution still befouls our air, water, and land. Our beautiful farms, forests, wetlands, and wild lands are disappearing due to unplanned and inappropriate development, while our inner cities suffer and buildings sit unused. The need for increased public awareness of and involvement with environmental issues calls us to action.
In 2000, a coalition of environmental organizations, government agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, educators, and elected officials came together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. Building on the momentum of last year’s highly successful event, the Earth Day Steering Committee has organized Earth Day 2001: Our Water Our Future, reaching out to educate, connect, and involve even more members of the Western New York/Southern Ontario community.
We would like your organization to join our Earth Day 2001 festivities. You can do so in a variety of ways. Set up a display of your group’s environmental projects, efforts, or programs. Tabling at the event will be $10 per table. We encourage tablers to create displays that are interactive. Include an activity from your table in the children’s scavenger hunt at the Earth Day event. Donate paraphernalia from your organization (hats, t-shirts, mugs, etc.) to offer as door prizes. Promote the event to the members of your organization, community, or constituency. (Flyer included) Coordinate an activity or event to complement the Celebration festivities.
We hope that you will join in the Earth Day 2001 Celebration. To participate, please complete and return the registration form and check to Dana Bobinchek, Activities Chair at the following location: NYLCV, 775 Main Street, Suite 230 Buffalo, NY 14203. P: 716-856-0457 F: 716-856-0458 www.nylcv.org.