Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair set for Saturday

Members of Mothers Against Global Warming display signs on the corner of West Main and Market Street in Johnstown to provide awareness of environmental issues. From left, Bonnie Van Wie, Liz Russo and Jahnn Gibson. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — The Earth Day/Clean Energy Fair will take place in the Sir William Johnson Park on Main Street in Johnstown from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The event will feature vendors, informational displays and music.

Informational displays will be provided by P-Tech students, Fulton County Recycling, Johnstown City Water Department, the Girl Scouts, Huddle, the Women Democrats and Indivisible.

Boy Scout Troop 104 will hold a bottle drive at the event.

Bill Ackerbauer will be providing musical entertainment from 1 TO 2 p.m. and refreshments will be available.

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The first Earth Day was on April 20, 1970.

Damage done by massive oil spills in 1969 in California inspired Sen. Gaylord Nelson to organize a national teach-in focused on educating the public about the environment. The grassroots movement created public support for the Environmental Protection Agency and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act the Endangered Species Act. Earth Day continues to grow. In 2000, the focus was on global warming and clean energy.

On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, in 2010, a campaign was launched to plant

1 billion trees.

This is the second Earth Day event organized by members of the Environmental Issues — Special Interest Group of the Amsterdam-Gloversville-Johnstown branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).


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