Embrace the Earth

By Alex Corbett
In Culture, Feature

With spring in full swing, April is the perfect time to appreciate all that Mother nature has to offer. Join in the festivities of St. Louis Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 21 at The Muny grounds in Forest Park, and take the opportunity to learn about recycling, sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations. also enjoy local musicians, performance art and local and organic food. Better yet, carry the spirit of going green into the rest of your life and make every day Earth day.

82,000,000

tons of waste were recycled or composted in the US in 2009. considering that’s out of 243 million total tons generated, we still have a long way to go toward making the planet a healthier place to live. So, bring your hard-to-recycle items like carpets, cell phones, appliances, bikes and computer towers to the St. Louis Earth Day Festival Recycling Extravaganza, which runs 10am-4pm April 21 on the St. Louis community college Forest Park campus. a dozen recycling companies and local organizations will be on hand to put your trash to good use.

2.62

tons of compostable waste were diverted from St. Louis-area landfills and dumps at last year’s St. Louis Earth Day Festival. The festival’s food booths all use recyclable or compostable dishes and utensils and there are five recycling/composting stations throughout the festival. Vendors are also encouraged to offer healthy menus including natural, organic and local ingredients with vegetarian and vegan options.

100

percentof the energy used to power the festival is offset with emission-free Missouri Wind energy certificates, courtesy of Ameren Missouri’s Pure Power program. That’s the equivalent of preventing 3,167 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. So, enjoy those local musicians’ performances guilt-free!

3,000

community composting programs and 9,000 curbside recycling programs existed in the US in 2009. Programs like these in St. Louis can receive funding through St. Louis Earth Day Action Grants, awarded to applicants with eligible proposals. recipients are recognized at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival. The Missouri Botanical Garden is hosting an event on Saturday, April 27, 10am-3pm to help St. Louisans connect with organizations in EarthShare of Missouri. EarthShare’s goal is to “continue expanding opportunities for working people to have an easy and effective way to help the environment.”

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percent of all annual greenhouse emissions are caused by the degradation and destruction of rainforests. Make a difference locally by visiting the Missouri Botanical Garden on Arbor Day, April 5, to receive a Chinkapin oak, flowering dogwood, deciduous holly, witch hazel or river birch sapling to plant. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions and give planting advice from 9am-5pm at the William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening.

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