Earth Day 46: How Are You Going to Celebrate?

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Earth Day, recognized annually on April 22, is a time for people around the globe from all walks of life to demonstrate their contribution towards a cleaner and healthier environment. Forty-six years ago, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Wis.) had the vision of organizing a movement focused on bringing national attention to environmental issues across America. In 1970, the first Earth Day was proven successful as over 22 million Americans participated in demonstrations and events across the nation, which spurred political activism from that point forward.

As with other officially recognized days, celebrations can easily turn into organized events held over several days or a month. North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, has two upcoming events that would be great opportunities for citizens to participate in with an environmental spirit. The first event will be a free Pesticide Disposal Day held on Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Robeson County Fairgrounds, for any farmer, homeowner, or landscape professional. The Pesticide Disposal Day is a working partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. A certified contractor will be on site to collect and properly dispose of any unused or unwanted labeled pesticide (herbicides, insecticides, fungicides) products in original containers up to 55 gallons from residents of Robeson and surrounding counties. Be sure to register if you wish to participate in the disposal day by calling Cooperative Extension at 671-3276.

The next event, Being Green in 2016, sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, and Lumberton Recreation Department is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. –  12 p.m., located at the soccer fields off of Kahn Drive (Gilbert Carroll Middle School). This event centers on earth-friendly educational opportunities provided by a great lineup of community partners from North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina Forestry Service, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resource Conservation Service, North Carolina Park Rangers, and the Robeson County Solid Waste Department. The event will include educational demonstrations on raised bed garden design from Cooperative Extension. The Robeson County Beekeepers will have a live beehive demonstration and information on pollinators by Master Beekeeper Denny Clark. There will also be free pine tree seedlings courtesy of Bodenhamer Nursery of Rowland. There will be many kid-friendly demonstrations and activities such as a bounce house and trackless train rides. Door prizes will be given out every 30 minutes for participants after registering at the N.C. State tent.

With Earth Day quickly approaching, what are you going to do to demonstrate your commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment? Will you spend the day outdoors, clean up a roadside, or plant a tree? I encourage you to start thinking of how you, your family, or friends can take part in some kind of Earth Day event over the coming days. Participating in these upcoming events is a great start!

For more information, please contact Mac Malloy, Extension Field Crops Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Robeson County Center, at 671-3276, by E-mail at, or visit our website at North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University commit themselves to positive action to secure equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, the two Universities welcome all persons without regard to sexual orientation.