Earth Day and Covid-19
A message from Mayor Patrick Madden regarding the 2020 Citywide Earth Day Cleanup program:
Dear neighbors and residents,
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Earth Day 2020 is going to look very different in many ways.
In accordance with guidance from public health experts regarding the novel coronavirus, the city will postpone the customary neighborhood Earth Day clean-ups and citywide activities until later this year. Meanwhile, you can still make an impact this Earth Day while following social distancing guidelines designed to keep you safe & healthy.
For those at home with young people, it may be an opportunity for them to teach what they have learned: about increasing public consciousness regarding air and water pollution, to share how youth are an instrumental force in advocating for environmental protection, and what sort of prospects may exist for intergenerational collaboration for the future.
So this Earth Day, as we continue to make choices to protects our families, friends and communities from this health crisis, the City of Troy asks you to consider some of the following activities or actions:
- Beautify, clean up and improve your garden, front walk, or your front/back yards
- Participate in a small-scale alley cleanup at recommended physical distance
- Be part of the #518RainbowHunt by placing a rainbow in your window.
- Take the Earth Day Challenge, a 22-day series that allows people to connect through challenges to take action right now, and every day, for our planet.
- Explore backyard composting options at your home (related: the City’s backyard composting and rain barrel equipment sale has been extended)
- NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Earth Day options: https://www.dec.ny.gov/public/8804.html
- Earth Day Initiative makes recommendations: http://www.earthdayinitiative.org/earth-day-50-events
- Take an Earth Day pledge: https://www.earthday.org/20-20-pledge/
- Host a virtual screening party for “The Story of Plastic”
- Plant trees in your yard or alley for Arbor Day (April 24th) or sponsor a tree to be planted elsewhere
More information is available at www.troyny.gov/earthday
2020 is also the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Reflecting on this may give us the opportunity to give voice to our planet once again, as was the intention of its founder.
Earth Day was created at an intersection of rare political alignment, with both parties supporting shared common values of environmental conservation and responsible stewardship of natural resources. We can look at the opportunity to align ourselves with the greater good for our planet, the environment and our community.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We encourage you to watch for additional updates on rescheduled Earth Day plans for later this year.
Mayor, City of Troy
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