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Locals Observe Earth Day

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It was a chilly and windy Tuesday, but that didn't stop people from heading outside to celebrate Earth Day to promote ways to take care of our environment.
University of Nevada students handed out re-usable grocery bags to re-enforce the idea to reduce, re-use, and recycle. They even had a man dressed in a costume, made of plastic bags, known as "The Bag Monster." His job is to show the environmental impact that just one person can have. "He basically represents how many plastic bags the average consumer uses per year," Afton Neufeld, Programmer for the Joe Crowley Student Union said. "So, it's one consumer, one year, and it averages about 500 grocery bags."

Booths are set up in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union, with events set up for the rest of the week.

Some venders promote riding bikes and green energy like solar panels, and even hitting the light switch is a topic of conversation. "If you do the little things, they definitely add up," said Jen Friedlander, of the High Desert Farming Initiative.

Local farmers are showing the role of food in our environment, saying plants affect air, soil, and water.

Friedlander says local food production and consumption also cuts back on transportation. "A lot of the food, no matter where it's produced, usually ends up somewhere else," Friedlander said. "If we really focus on keeping it here, it will save the earth in a lot of other ways, environmentally, in terms of your carbon emissions."

35 volunteers from Sierra Nevada Job Corps are doing their part on Earth Day, picking up litter in five different North Valleys locations. "It's fantastic," said Cassie Donahoe, Student Government Association Specialist for Sierra Nevada Job Corps. "I love that I can put out a call to our center and I have this many students who want to get involved and take action against the trash in the area."

The volunteers came across a lot of garbage, including a couch. 25 bags of trash were collected, and the volunteers plan on recycling most of it.

"It's up to us," Jenae Jones, Sierra Nevada Job Corps student said. "It's our job as human beings to keep the earth clean, to keep it healthy. Not only for the earth but for us, too."

Written by Paul Nelson

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