Published On: Tue, Apr 12th, 2016

Second Annual Gadugi Earth Day event planned

 

Cherokee will celebrate the second Gadugi Earth Day event at the Acquoni Expo Center parking lot on Friday, April 22 from 12-5pm.  Earth Day began and exists today as a day for teaching environmental awareness and promoting environmental protection. Earth Day is held each year on April 22. It was started in the United States in 1970, but has now spread to more than 192 countries.

T. Trejo, Tribal Recycling Program manager, unloads a barrel of recycled products brought by Mary Long, of the Wolfetown Community, to last year's  Gadugi Earth Day event at the Acquoni Expo Center.  (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

T. Trejo, Tribal Recycling Program manager, unloads a barrel of recycled products brought by Mary Long, of the Wolfetown Community, to last year’s Gadugi Earth Day event at the Acquoni Expo Center. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Last year’s event in Cherokee was attended by over 70 participants and led to over 1,500 pounds of materials recycled and the shredding of over 2,500 pounds of documents.

The stations representing at this year’s event will include: EBCI Natural Resources: Air & Water Quality & Bio Diesel, EBCI Cooperative Extension, PHS Community Health: Needle Disposal and Mosquito Prevention, Cherokee Police Department: Litter Control and Information on Disposing of Medicine,
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Go Green Code, Costa Rica Eco Study Tour: Recycled Crafts, American Security Shredding Truck, EBCI Composting, EBCI Recycling, Cherokee Hardware, and Food Corps.

Recycle bags and t-shirts will be given to the first 100 participants. This year will include a recycling competition between individuals and community clubs (with prizes).

Gadugi Earth Day is sponsored by the following programs: EBCI Cooperative Extension Center, EBCI Natural Resources, and EBCI Recycling. Youth leadership programs participating in this event are Cherokee Youth Council, Costa Rica Eco-Study Tour and the Junaluska Leadership Council.

Info: EBCI Cooperative Extension Center 359-6934

– EBCI Cooperative Extension Center