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Earth Day Celebration offers free day of fun- Live animal shows, music, activities, Reuse Fair and more

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Published on April 11, 2018 with No Comments

Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction invites residents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties and beyond to connect with the environment through exhibits, entertainment, reuse and activities featured at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21.

The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso. Admission and parking for the event are free. The first 300 families will receive free reusable bags.

Approximately 70 exhibitors will help visitors learn more about energy efficiency, recycling, natural products, reducing emissions, wildlife, nature and more.

Silly Safaris will treat spectators to two live animal shows at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as an all-day exhibit featuring mammals, reptiles, birds and bugs. Dumpster Drummers will bring toe-tapping percussion and animation to the stage with two shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Working Bikes will be part of the Reuse Fair at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 21. The organization will be collecting unwanted bicycles to refurbish for distribution in third world countries and to people in transition in Chicago.

Anyone planning to visit the celebration is asked to check out the Reuse Fair Wish List online atwww.PorterCountyRecycling.orgto see if they have items they can donate to benefit 10 schools and non- profits. Working Bikes will be back as part of the Reuse Fair collecting old and unused bicycles. Working Bikes, a Chicago organization, refurbishes and gives bicycles to people in third world countries and to people in transition in Chicago.

The children’s activity “Build Your Own Birdhouse” will guide kids, ages seven years old and older, to construct new homes for their feathered friends, compliments of Boy Scout Troop 907.

The service of document shredding will be available to visitors between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Staff from Opportunity Enterprises will confidentially collect and transport sensitive documents to Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred to be destroyed. Each attendee is asked to limit material to be shredded to two boxes.

Thirty-five schools across Northwest Indiana are vying for classroom scholarships in the School Rain Barrel Design Contest. Visitors at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 21 help choose the winners.

Thirty-five schools are vying for cash scholarships in the School Rain Barrel Design Contest. In addition, the Re-Think Art Competition & Exposition will showcase artists’ creations using 100 percent recycled materials. The public is asked to vote on their favorites in both contests

For a complete listing of exhibitors and activities, visit the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org or call 219-465-3819 for more information.

The 2018 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration is supported by the following sponsors: NIPSCO, Metro Recycling, NWI Clean Air, Duneland 28, Pratt Industries, Fronius USA LLC, Porter County Expo, Republic Services, Tradebe Environmental Services, and many others.

Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction is an agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by providing services and educational programs which help residents reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Earth Day 2018 focuses on ending plastic pollution 

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide on April 22, has announced that Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution, including creating support for a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics along, with uniform regulation for the disposal of plastics.

EDN will educate millions of people about the health and other risks associated with the use and disposal of plastics, including pollution of our oceans, water, and wildlife, and about the growing body of evidence that decomposing plastics are creating serious global health problems.

From poisoning and injuring marine life to the ubiquitous presence of plastics in food to disrupting human hormones and causing major life-threatening diseases and early puberty, the exponential growth of plastics is threatening this planet’s survival.

EDN has built a multi-year campaign to End Plastic Pollution.  The goals include ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100-percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning plastics.

“There is a growing tidal wave of interest in ending plastic pollution and some countries and governments are already in the vanguard.  Earth Day Network believes we can turn that tidal wave into a permanent solution to plastics pollution,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of EDN.

EDN’s End Plastic Pollution campaign includes four major components:

Leading a grassroots movement to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution;

Educating, mobilizing and activating citizens across the globe to demand that governments and corporations control and clean up plastic pollution;

Educating people worldwide to take personal responsibility for plastic pollution by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics, and

Promoting local government regulatory and other efforts to tackle plastic pollution.

Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day and the growing interest in the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 as a catalyst for global action.

Following are several Northwest Indiana Earth Day celebrations:

On Saturday, April 21, the public in invited to Chellberg Farm on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to do some gardening from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The farm is located at 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd. in Porter. Call 219-395-1882 for more information.

Also on April 21, an Earth Day celebration will take place at the Porter County Expo Center from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Educational exhibitors and vendors will show families how to be more environmentally conscious. The Expo Center is located at 219 E. Division Rd. in Valparaiso. Call 219-465-3694 to learn more.

The following Saturday, April 29, a National Lakeshore Earth Day program will be held at Gary’s Douglas Center and Marquette Park, 100 N. Lake St., from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The “Green Gary” theme will focus on how to enjoy the outdoors while remaining safe. Activities include a program on bees, live animal presentations, bicycle safety, and a talk on African-Americans involved in botany. The contact phone number is 219-395-1882.

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