Earth Day gives reason to clean up community
© Thomas Becker - Amherst Daily News
Andrew MacGregor and Lisa Emery get a head start in cleaning the community.
AMHERST – Lisa Emery was driving up Church Street when she witnessed someone throwing garbage out their window.
Frustrated by what she just saw, the town councillor cut the driver off by discretely pulling into the Amherst Stadium parking lot. As she began to roll down her window the driver knew something was wrong. In an act of embarrassment the driver drove back and picked up the garbage that was thrown out.
This is the type of behaviour that needs to stop, Emery said.
Earth Day, April 22, has long been considered a day to honour the significance of Earth and the impact it has on its inhabitants.
It’s a very important day, Emery said.
“We share this day to discuss or perform actions that help keep our world healthy.”
The day is often marked by activities encouraging people to clean up their area.
Therefore Nova Scotia businesses and organizations are being encouraged to do the same. Amherst has joined “Be the Change,” which is the Nova Scotia arm of Clean Across Canada, a countrywide initiative to clean trash the weekend of Earth Day.
Amherst’s arts, culture and heritage co-ordinator Andrew MacGregor, is organizing a cleanup on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at Victoria Square. MacGregor will have bags available for anyone who wants to participate.
Earth Day reminds us we live in a beautiful world that we shouldn’t take for granted, MacGregor said.
“It doesn’t take much to make it look bad and it doesn’t take much to make it look good, either.”
It just looks poorly on the community if nothing is done, he said.
“By making a difference in a small way, we can make a difference in a big way, if we all do it together.”
MacGregor said people are too attached to the present and fail to see the world around them.
“I have a hard time understanding it. I can’t really justify throwing garbage outside.”
Sharlene Carter-Earle, Double ‘D’ leader with the Amherst 4-H club, will also be organizing a cleanup activity on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Club members will be cleaning the area between Church Street and South Albion Street.
They decided last year that they wanted to do something to help the environment.
“The ditches out there are horrific. It looks horrible and it’s bad for the environment,” Carter-Earle said.
Last year they were able to fill 60 bags while only doing one side of the street. This year they’re goal is to do both sides.
There will be 50 4-H members participating in the cleanup, but anyone who wants to join is welcome.
“We have a great bunch of members here.”
Emery said people are too busy and focused on other things that they lose sight of the little things. Unfortunately, more often than not our planet is ignored for the other 364 days.
“To bad every day wasn’t Earth Day.”