Amherst in full cleanup mode this weekend

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Earth Day gives reason to clean up community

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.”

Geographic location: Church Street, Nova Scotia, Amherst Stadium South Albion Street

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  • r
    April 19, 2013 - 05:31

    while they're complaining about the garbage they really should be doing something about the people who don't clean up after their dogs while they out walking them. on a number of occasions i have offered a bag for the mess but was snubbed. i live in the county and i clean up after my dog everytime we're out for a walk. if you're a responsible dog owner in the town of amherst PLEASE pick up; it would make it even more enjoyable to walk downtown with my dog

  • J
    April 18, 2013 - 21:07

    As bad as the town must look (and I think it is a really lovely town) take a drive out to the country...say Tidnish. Just shameful, and who are these people? In the countryside there is everything from human waste (a-la-campers) to appliances; and garbage from every take-out imaginable. So sad.