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April 22nd, 2010 is Earth Day: Events in Western New York

April 22nd is reserved annually to celebrate Earth Day. The first Earth Day was celebrated on this day back in 1970, with approximately 20 million earthlings, aka humans, celebrating the event. Today around 1 billion individuals do their part to help protect our planet (

Protect our Earth Photo by aussiegall

Undoubtedly, most of you who utilize the internet have been bombarded with facts, statistics and suggestions on how to help preserve our earth, and what you could or should be doing differently.

For those of you who would not classify yourself as a "treehugger" but would like to do what you can within reasonable means to be “green” and help the earth be sustainable, here are several tips:

  • Find out what events are happening in your local community and attend and/or volunteer
  • Host or initiate an event
  • Not sure what it means to be “green”- educate yourself
  • Find at least one thing you can do to be more “eco-friendly”
  • Recycle
  • Plant a tree
  • Use biodegradable products

Here are a few of the local events in and near Buffalo:

Buffalo State College students are holding an Earth Day event that features free food, a rock wall, a farmers market and an art display.

Medaille College is hosting an Earth Day Event, the viewing of the movie Earth and Earth Day Crafts from 10:00-6:00pm.

Delaware North Greets Earth Day with Sustainable Seafood Pledge; Hospitality and food service providers in airports, sporting venues, parks, resorts and other special destinations will avoid overfished species (PR Newswire).

Daemen College- Erin Brockovich, the former legal clerk whose campaign on behalf of poor people afflicted by toxic wastewater was chronicled in an Oscar-winning film starring Julia Roberts. Now engaged in environmental campaigns around the globe, Erin comes to the Wick Center at Daemen College in Snyder at 7:30 p.m. to give a talk, "Moral Choices and Environmental Justice." Free and open to the public!

Niagara University, Apr 24, 2010 - "Rain Gardens" - Fresh Food for the Falls: Green Gardening Workshop Series Location: Niagara Falls Housing Authority Doris W. Jones Family Resource Building (3001 9th Street, Niagara Falls, NY) –this is a free workshop presented by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper that will teach individuals the purposes, benefits, and steps toward planning and planting a rain garden.

The cleanup-fix-up side of Earth Day will be seen on Buffalo's East Side this morning as WNY AmeriCorps, Home Depot and the Response to Love Center kick off a collaborative project to revitalize properties on Kosciuszko Street, Rother Avenue and Stanislaus Street in the heart of Old Polonia.

Today marks the introduction of the winning designer for the innovative solar installation that will line the Flint Road entrance to the University at Buffalo North Campus. The announcement comes at 3:30 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's Clifton Hall.

National Grid volunteers are also partnering with Buffalo ReUse today to help clean up and and create an urban green space at Michigan and Northampton in the City of Buffalo. The urban green space is being created using recycled materials provided by Buffalo ReUse.

In the state capital, New York State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis will take part in an Earth Day celebration along the Hudson River.

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