Residents can celebrate Earth Day this year with food, festivities and environmentally friendly activities.
The first Earth Day was proclaimed on April 22, 1970, and it has since become a global holiday when millions of people focus on the environment and enact positive changes concerning pollution, waste and energy consumption.
Some of the events taking place locally include:
Earth Day Pensacola
Earth Day Pensacola is an annual event in which Northwest Florida residents gather to celebrate the Earth in a family friendly atmosphere. There will be live music, a sustainable art show, food vendors, an expanded children’s area and information booths on how community members can live more sustainably.
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The Natural Resources Committee of the League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area will also give away 200 reusable shopping bags at the event.
The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bayview Park, 2001 E. Lloyd St. in Pensacola.
Great American Cleanup
The Santa Rosa Clean Community System Inc., in association with Keep America Beautiful Affiliates and volunteers, will hold a county-wide cleanup on Saturday in Santa Rosa County.
Dumpsters donated by Waste Pro will be provided at four locations: Green Up Santa Rosa Nursery, 6758 Park Ave. in Milton; the Oyster Pile Boat Ramp, 4566 Water St. in Bagdad; Blackwater Baptist Church, 11689 Munson Highway in Munson; and on a private lot at 11601 Bliss Way in Floridale.
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Residents can pick up supplies (trash bags, bottled water and safety vests) at the Green Up Nursery this week or at the Dumpster locations on Saturday.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Open House
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf Ecology Division will host a public open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gulf Ecology Division research facility at 1 Sabine Island Drive on Pensacola Beach.
The event will showcase the history of Sabine Island and include exhibits, displays and posters highlighting environmental research and local animal species.
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