On Earth Day on Sunday and throughout the weekend, some local organizations are planning cleanup events and other activities in support of the environment.
Whether you are a "green" enthusiast or a global-warming naysayer, you'd be hard-pressed to successfully argue against the importance of keeping our local environment clean. The more people who volunteer their time and effort to help clean up our area over Earth Day weekend, the better the result, and the prouder we can be of living in Fulton, Montgomery or Hamilton counties.
Among the cleanup events we've heard about:
Fulton-Montgomery Community College, in partnership with Liberty Enterprises, will sponsor a Spring Clean-Up/Earth Day Celebration on Friday.
Volunteers will clean out a lock at the Schoharie Crossing in Fort Hunter on Friday.
The Friends of Fort Plain will clean up along the bike path from Lock 15 E to Canajoharie on Saturday.
Canajoharie-Palatine chamber members and local students will clean up Riverfront Park in Canajoharie on Saturday.
Girl Scouts from Troop 2317 will clean up the segment of the Canalway Trail between Mitchell Street and Cunningham Road in Canajoharie on Sunday.
The canal cleanup activities are part of the seventh annual Canal Clean Sweep scheduled for Friday through Sunday. Events are planned along the entire 524-mile-long canal in New York state. For more information about them, go to www.ptny.org/canalway/sweep/index.shtml.
We encourage local residents to watch for other Earth Day-related volunteer projects. If you're looking for a cause to help, keeping our earth clean is a good one.
Here are other ways people can be kind to the environment on Earth Day - and throughout the year: Pick up trash around your neighborhood, conserve energy use, recycle waste, carpool to work, reduce paper use, plant trees or shrubs, and use less water.