LC Bulletin: Las Cruces celebrates Earth Day all week long

April 18, 2014. Retrieved online April 21, 2014 from Carrie Hamblen, Las Cruces Bulletin

Fashion show, glass recycling launch and more

[Excerpts below reprinted with permission: Read the complete Las Cruces Bulletin article]

I am always amazed and impressed with Las Cruces.

There are so many exciting, important and creative events happening in our community. From the successful Main Street Movie Night last Saturday, the celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, the many art openings and an important first step in getting public transportation on the East Mesa, Las Cruces has a lot going on and we should be proud of it.

For more than 40 years, communities around the world have been celebrating Earth Day.

The Earth Day movement began with Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson after he witnessed the damages from a devastating oil spill in California in 1969. Nelson saw the public awareness surrounding air and water pollution throughout the country increase and knew the time was right to begin a nationwide movement.

On April 22, 1970, after a tremendous amount of planning and coordination, a reported 20 million activists took to the streets in communities all over the country to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment.

As a result of the Earth Day activities in 1970, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created and we saw the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

In addition to lessening the impact on the planet, businesses are now seeing how incorporating environmental practices into their business operations can reduce their costs. Recycling cans and paper is great. By doing so, less aluminum and paper goes into the landfill.

However, businesses now are doing more. Printing on both sides of the paper, using ceramic cups and using cloth towels can save hundreds of dollars at the end of the year. Several of our Las Cruces Green Chamber members are doing just that.

In addition, buying local products supports local jobs and reduces the pollution that goes into the air from 18-wheelers transporting goods from one part of the country to the other.

The last event will be the annual Earth Day celebration from noon to 5 p.m. at Young Park on Sunday, April 27. The NMSU OASIS club organizes this free event every year and attendees will see a number of locally owned businesses that are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve energy and protect the planet.

Also, partnering with the South Central Solid Waste Authority, the Green Chamber is happy to announce the unveiling of the glass recycling program in Las Cruces. For many years, Las Crucens have wanted to recycle their glass bottles instead of throwing them in the garbage.

For more information on any of the Earth Day activities, supporting our local businesses or how to join the Las Cruces Green Chamber, contact me at carrie@nmgreenchamber.com or 323-1575.

Carrie Hamblen is the executive director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. More information at www.nmgreenchamber.com.


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