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Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues. In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the Spring Equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.
Illinois officially recognizes Earth Day this year on April 22, 2019. The Village of Olympia Fields Beautification Committee is asking residents to participate in a week long celebration. This would allow each resident time to participate in a community-wide environmental effort as their schedule allows. In its third year, this is the Village’s celebration of Earth Day and our effort in the greening of our community.
From April 22nd through to April 27th, we invite all residents to participate in a Spring Clean-Up, an environmentally friendly event, which occurs in your neighborhoods through your efforts. After a long winter, we all have been left with the residuals of the storms and it is evident after the snow has melted. We can join together with the help of our family members and neighbors to tidy up our neighborhoods.
We are asking each resident to take a container or a garbage bag and walk around your neighborhood picking up any winter debris near your home or street. This environmental effort will have you greeting your neighbors after a long winter, gathering the family to participate in the care of your neighborhood and will increase awareness of the environment. It takes a village to keep our neighborhoods looking pristine. Pride in our neighborhood comes not only with the care of our home, but of our surroundings.
Your help is also needed with common areas, as well as our roadways, which include streets along Crawford Avenue, Governors Highway, Olympian Way (Kedzie), Western Avenue and from Vollmer Road to 211th Street.
Please wear gloves while performing this activity to insure your physical safety. All refuse collected can be disposed of through your disposal pick-up service.