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Ways to celebrate Earth Day 2011

April 2, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated April 1, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.


Earth Day was a small movement in 1970, founded in response to a large oil spill in California by Gaylord Nelson.

Now, 41 years later and in the wake of Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf, the day is celebrated each year not so much through protest, but through education and activity.

Here are a few ways to celebrate Earth Day:

ReStore

Established in 1999, The Restore recycles and resells new and used building materials, household items, furniture and more to supplement the income of Habitat for Humanity Victoria. This Earth Day, take those items that might otherwise end up at the landfill and recycle them at ReStore. For more information, go to www.restorevictoria.com/ or visit them at 1101 N. William St., in Victoria.

Earth Day Expo

This third annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20, featuring educational exhibits and speakers, promoting the green holiday. It is open only to students in the third through fifth grades. The city of Victoria also has year-round programs devoted to that as well. Go to www.victoriakidsrecycle.org and www.victoriabluesky.org to find out more.

A Billion Acts of Green

Earth Day 2011's popular campaign has prompted pledges from around the globe. To participate, go to http://act.earthday.org, pledge an act of sustainability and follow through. The website is full of ideas and online interaction.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, plastic bottles, automotive batteries and motor oil are just a few recyclable materials making their way to the landfill right now. This year, start a recycling program in your house.

Designate an area to set up bins (old trash cans, or sturdy boxes) for your plastics, paper and glass products.

Pre-plan monthly (or weekly) trips to the recycling center, making it a habit. To find a center near you, visit www.gcrpc.org/Recycle Home.htm.

Some items can be reused within the home whether it be for school projects, or organizing an office space.

Old clothes can be donated to Goodwill, 4102 N Navarro St. No. A, or Salvation Army, 1306 North Louis Street, both in Victoria. Each have different drop-off times and requirements, so call ahead.

Sustainability projects

Special projects are a good way to get the whole family involved in going green.

Plant a tree. Any local nursery will be knowledgeable about the kinds of trees available and planting techniques.

Build a birdhouse. In keeping with the recycle theme, you can easily make a birdhouse from milk cartons. See this link for a step-by-step guide, www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/bird-feeder.shtml.

Information compiled by GC staff

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