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Tell us – what’s your Earth Day project?
West Chester wants to know what residents and stakeholders are doing this Earth Day. What are you doing to make the environment a better place in which to live, work and play?
Earth Day is recognized annually on April 22. The holiday was created in 1970 by a U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, with bi-partisan support from U.S. Congressman Pete McCloskey, R-California.
According to the Earth Day Network’s website, approximately 20 million Americans took part in rallies and events to mark the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Today, hundreds of millions of people recognize Earth Day globally by taking the opportunity to do something positive for Mother Nature.
For its part, the Township’s Integrated Multimedia and Marketing (IM&M) department took the hashtag #trashtag challenge. Staff spent a little more than an hour picking up and disposing of empty fast food containers, cans, bottles and other trash that accumulated alongside the roadway over winter and littered the green space across from the park on The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Dr.
The #trashtag challenge encourages social media users to clean up debris and garbage they see in their communities, then post about it. Users of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram began making the hashtag #trashtag challenge go viral online internationally in early March 2019, the Washington Post reported.
Now, West Chester is challenging its 61,000 residents and 3,500 businesses to take part in Earth Day activities of their own! Whether it be taking the #trashtag challenge, planting a tree or simply spending time at a local Earth Day event, all are encouraged to take an interest in caring for our planet in ways both big and small.
Share your Earth Day photos and video with West Chester on social media using the hashtags #WestChesterOH and #BestPlacestoLive, or email your story directly to areeder@WestChesterOH.org. A few of the projects may be re-shared on the Township’s website, e-newsletter and social media pages.