Posts Tagged ‘Earth Day’

Sunday, April 21, 2024

On Earth Day, Remembering the Films of Paul Schaefer

Men sit in chairs in a cabin

By the time America marked its inaugural Earth Day on April 22, 1970, Paul Schaefer had already dedicated four decades to safeguarding the Adirondack wilderness. His formidable alliances with conservationists like John Apperson and Howard Zahniser, which we detail in Exploring Cabin Country, were instrumental in these efforts. Schaefer’s notable victories included the storied Black River Wars in the 40s and 50s and his campaign in the 60s against dams on the Upper Hudson that would have submerged the Hudson Gorge in a 35-mile-long reservoir.

Also by this time, Schaefer had played a major role in the routing of the Northway, having served as chair of a citizens’ advisory committee named to advise the Department of Transportation and Conservation Department on the matter. The big decision was whether to go up to the west of Lake George or the east. Schaefer favored and pressed for the “mountain route” we enjoy today.

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Join Fulton County Center for Regional Growth in Earth Day Clean Up on April 20

Earth Day clean up graphic

Gloversville, NY – Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (CRG), under the direction of President and CEO Ronald Peters, will be joining the Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB) Initiative by hosting a clean-up team for Earth Day on Saturday, April 20.

On Earth Day, teams will go out throughout the Mohawk Valley and pick up garbage. Upon completion, teams are asked to post photos of their bags of garbage on social media and tag it #KMVB. Teams can be registered for the Earth Day Clean Up at https://mvedd.org/kmvb.

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Ausable River Cleanup on April 20

People clean up the bank of Ausable River.

Keene, NY- The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host its annual Earth Day Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will assist AsRA in removing garbage and debris from roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene communities. Lunch and raffle prizes will be available after the cleanup to celebrate coming together to care for the river.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Connecting wild spaces

Elk in Alberta, Canada

The Adirondack Park is home to a universe of animals and plants. From fire-colored efts to shy black bears, abundant waters and forested lands support a dense network of Northeastern biodiversity.

So, you may be wondering why a photo of an animal that hasn’t existed in the park for centuries is featured at the top of this newsletter.

It’s possible that elk could slowly move back to the Adirondacks in the future. Scientists see evidence for animals and plants inching northward and to higher elevations as Earth warms from accelerated climate change. The park has an outsized role in ensuring their survival, scientists say.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

“Sustainable Futures” Earth Day event set for April 20 in Glens Falls

A young boy stands by a table set up for Earth Day celebration

Glens Falls, NY – The Glens Falls Earth Day Planning Committee (Crandall Library, Sustainable PR, and the City of Glens Falls), is excited to announce the centerpiece of this year’s Earth Day Celebration – An exclusive presentation by Tony Buettner, the national spokesperson for the Blue Zones movement. This year’s Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Glens Falls City Park, embracing the theme “Sustainable Futures.”

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Saturday, April 29, 2023

Adirondack Council awards micro-grants toward sustainable farm projects

Adirondack Council logo.

 

Elizabethtown, NY – In celebration of Earth Day 2023, the Adirondack Park’s largest environmental organization awarded 12 microgrants totaling $26,000 to local farmers and value-added food/beverage/fiber producers. The initiative is an effort to support climate-friendly economic activity in the Adirondack Park.

The Essex Farm Institute, a project of the Adirondack Council supports local sustainable agriculture by working directly with farms and by advocating for soil health, habitat connectivity and climate change mitigation.  This is the eighth consecutive year that the Adirondack Council has awarded microgrants to farmers and small business owners who want to reduce their environmental impact and adapt to a changing climate. This year’s application drew proposals from almost two dozen small and mid-size agricultural enterprises as well as projects featuring collaboration between farmers.

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Saturday, April 22, 2023

In Loving Memory: Brother Bob joins Dad at family’s deer camp

Family at Memorial rock.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded me that this is Earth Week. With most of the snow gone from the roadsides and other traveled trails, it might be good to do a little litter picking to spruce up the area for visitors as they travel here. With record temperatures in the 80s in most parts of the state, the snow took it in the shorts almost everywhere. [The] ice in all the lakes is out, with Blue Mountain and Big Moose Lakes being the last to go out on Sunday [April 9]. Luckily, there was very little wind to move the shifting ice around where it would do damage to docks and boathouses around the lakes. Better catch what water you can now, as the snow runoff is about over and [then] it will take rainfall to fill the Fulton Chain. With the wacky weather, you never know if we are going to get a gully washer or sprinkles.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Reporting with impact on environmental issues

earth day graphic

Every day the Adirondack Explorer’s reporting focuses on Earth Day values: The importance of fresh air, clean water, wild forests. And ensuring everyone has access to those essentials. As well as how to strike the balance between human communities and the natural world.

In the Adirondack Park, those issues are front and center. The region serves as a world-class example of the importance of protecting our natural assets. Founded 25 years ago, Adirondack Explorer has served as a “voice of the park.” Since then, we’ve dived deep into reporting on the environment, recreation and human communities. As well as the tensions that can arise in this unique blend of private and public land.

Here’s a look at our team and some of their recent work, published daily on the Explorer website, that embodies “Earth Day, Every Day.” (And if you like what you’re reading, will you show your support with a donation this Earth Day?)

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Ausable River clean up event set for Earth Day, April 22

Woman cleaning up a roadside.

The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in partnership with One Tree Planted and NRS, is hosting a cleanup along the roadside of the West Branch, East Branch, and Main Stem Ausable River in the communities of Wilmington, Lake Placid, Keene, Upper Jay, and Jay. This cleanup event is slated for Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. All are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to give back to local communities by picking up and removing trash that’s built up throughout the winter.

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Saratoga PLAN, Dancing Grain Farm Brewery partner for April 22 Earth Day celebration 

Earth Day celebration flyer

Moreau, NY – Dancing Grain Farm Brewery and local land trust Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) are joining forces to release a honey IPA, inspired by the surrounding farmland for Earth Day. Each pour of this new draft will raise $1 toward land conservation in Saratoga County.

 

The public is invited to commemorate the occasion at Dancing Grain Brewery (180 Old West Rd, Moreau) on Saturday, April 22 from noon to 5 p.m. This Earth Day event will be a celebration of both the environment and the community’s commitment to sustainability.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Volunteers needed for 2nd annual Ausable River cleanup

ausable river cleanupThe Ausable River Association (AsRA) and three regional Rotary Clubs are partnering to host an Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 23. This year, The Rotary Club of the Au Sable Valley and Lake Placid Rotary Club will focus on roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene Communities. The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is hosting a simultaneous cleanup event in and around Ausable Point near Peru, NY.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

DEC announces initiatives to boost recycling, prevent food waste


  • compostDEC Announces Additional $500,000 for Statewide Effort to Improve Food Scrap Recycling and Prevent Food Waste
  • $2 Million Total to Bolster New Regulations to Reduce Landfilling of Food Scraps and Connect Hungry New Yorkers with Edible Food
  • DEC Accepting Public Comments on Proposed Food Waste Regulations until April 27
  • The New York State Center for Sustainable Materials Management Launches Recycling Website on Earth Day

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What Happened To Earth Day?

Since 1970, the purpose of Earth Day has changed from one day each year when corporate polluters were exposed (what corporations should do), to a celebration of the personal (what you can do)Today’s bland, uncontroversial event typically features everything from 5k runs to esoteric spiritualties, but almost always carefully avoids any discussion of local polluters or environmental bad actors. If environmentalism is mentioned at all it is confined to climate change and recycling. The fierce green warrior has been replaced by the frugal green consumer now focused laser-like on the grass-fed beef at the local farmers’ market.

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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Join a Virtual Earth Day Run

vintage earth day posterJoin WeAct in their Virtual 5K Run during the week of Earth Day (April 17 – April 25). All registered participants will be able to run or walk the Earth Day 5K at a time and place of their choosing. As opposed to a traditional group racing event, a virtual race will provide the flexibility to practice social distancing while still allowing the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and support WE ACT.

Register for this event now.

Questions about the race? Go online for more information.

Vintage Earth Day poster/Almanack archive


Monday, April 5, 2021

Reuse & Repair: Creating New Jobs and Enterprises through Zero Waste

This Wednesday on April 7th, from 2pm to 3:30 pm the Zero Waste Committee of Warren County, NY will be hosting a Zero Waste Webinar with a focus on local economic growth through reuse and repair enterprise programs. The program is entitled: “Creating new jobs and enterprises through Zero Waste”, with the committee being a project of the Clean Air Action Network (CAAN) of Glens Falls.

The webinar will feature four of the country’s most respected leaders in the field of reuse and repair:

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