Clearwater Celebrates Earth Month and Many Other Local Environmental Events
Several events bring awareness to the climate crisis and the environment.
To conserve electricity, turn off your lights at 9 p.m. on April 15.
CLEARWATER, FLA. Clearwater hosts a range sustainability and environmental activities to celebrate Earth Month. Residents and visitors are asked to turn off their lights at 9 pm on April 15 in an effort to raise awareness about climate change and environmental issues.
This idea is a result of Earth Hour, the global environmental movement of World Wildlife Foundations. The city encourages people, families, and businesses to reduce our collective energy consumption during Earth Month. The city reminds everyone that going dark for an hour is a symbol and encourages them to work towards a sustainable future.
Clearwater’s top sustainability and resilience goals are to ensure residents’ health and to ensure a sustainable economic future. The city invites residents to participate in celebrating our beautiful planet through the events:
- April 4-8: Food Waste Prevention Week SaveTheFoodFL.com.
Up to 35 percent goes un-utilized. A family of four can save an average of $1800 per year by reducing food waste. It helps to improve food security by potentially feeding 1 million people in Tampa Bay who are food insecure. Food Waste Prevention Week aims to increase awareness and inspire people to reduce food waste at work, home, and in their communities. There are many activities, including social media bingo challenges, K-12 student art contests and webinars catering to different interests, such as local chefs and elected officials. SaveTheFoodFL.com has all the resources.
- April 15, 9-10: An Hour of Darkness at Clearwater. Turn off your lights for an hour.
Turn off lights for an hour to conserve electricity. Even small actions like turning off the lights for an hour at your home may seem like small steps to take. It is possible to reduce our city’s greenhouse gas emissions and have a positive impact on the environment by being conscious of energy-saving behaviors. Visit www.energysavers.org for ideas on how to spend an hour. EarthHour.org/take-part/spend-the-hour.
April 22, 2014, 4-7 p.m. Earth Day Cleanup, Clearwater Beach Pier 60. 7 Causeway Blvd.
Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival presented By Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. Amplify Clearwater, Ocean Allies and Visit St. Pete Clearwater have joined forces to clean up Clearwater Beach on Earth Day. Everyone is welcome to participate, get some exercise, and help keep Clearwater Beach beautiful. Beach cleanups reduce the amount of trash that is deposited at the coast, which helps to preserve the marine environment and allows biodiversity to thrive. SugarSandFestival.com/events/earth-day-celebration
- April 23, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, Joe DiMaggio Sport Complex, 2450 Drew St.
Plant two trees this Earth Month by taking home two trees. Trees are vital in combating climate change. Trees can store and absorb carbon dioxide that could otherwise contribute to global warming as they grow. Clearwater is an urban setting where the shade of trees cools the streets, reduces pollution, and boosts individual wellbeing and health.
- April 23, 2010, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Earth Day Celebration, Moccasin lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane
Celebrate this special day at Moccasin lake Nature Park. Earth Day celebrations include performances, presentations, music, vendors and food.
- April 30, 9 am. to 1 pm: Shred-A-Thon, Medicine Take-Back Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. Hwy 19 N.
Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling & Clearwater Police Departments will help you to safely dispose of unwanted documents and prescription medications on the last Day of Earth Month. Proper waste management is essential to keep the environment safe for all.
Now through May 31 Clyde Butcher’s Free Exhibit, America’s Everglades: Through Clyde Butcher’s Lens now on display at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N. Osceola Ave., in Downtown Clearwater. This exhibit not only showcases Butchers exceptional photography deep in the Everglades but also allows guests to learn about this unique ecosystem and the importance water conservation.
Frank Hibbard, Clearwater Mayor, stated that you can join me in turning off the lights at 9 pm on April 15 to support Earth Month. Electricity is the main contributor to our community’s greenhouse gas emissions. Conserving energy is a community effort, and everyone must participate.
Share your experience with friends and family on social media and hashtag #ClearwaterEarthMonth. To learn more about Clearwaters sustainability and resiliency programs, visit MyClearwater.com/Sustainability.
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