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April 1, 2022
Senior Public Information Coordinator
Clearwater celebrates Earth Month with many local environmental events
Several events raise awareness about the environment and the climate crisis
Turn off your lights on April 15 at 9 p.m. for one hour of darkness to save electricity
CLEARWATER, FLA. – The City of Clearwater celebrates Earth Month in April with a series of environmental and sustainability activities. One such activity invites residents and visitors to turn off their lights at 9 p.m. on April 15 to raise awareness of environmental issues and the climate crisis.
This idea stems from the World Wildlife Foundation’s global environmental movement, Earth Hour. The city encourages individuals, families and businesses to do their part to reduce our collective energy consumption this Earth Month. While being dark for an hour is just a symbol, the city challenges everyone to practice climate-friendly habits at home and work for a sustainable future on Earth.
The health of residents and our economic and sustainable future is one of Clearwater’s primary sustainability and resiliency goals. The city invites you to participate in the celebration of our beautiful planet with the events:
- April 4 to 8: Food Waste Prevention Week, SaveTheFoodFL.com.
Up to 35% of all food produced is not consumed. Preventing food waste saves a family of four an average of $1,800 per year. It also improves food insecurity by potentially helping to feed the one million food insecure people in Tampa Bay and conserving valuable resources. Food Waste Prevention Week helps raise awareness and inspire everyone to reduce food waste at home, at work and in our communities. Activities include bingo games and social media challenges, art contests for K-12 students, and webinars catering to a variety of interests, including celebrity local leaders and elected officials. Find these resources at SaveTheFoodFL.com.
- April 15, 9-10 p.m.: “An Hour of Darkness in Clearwater,” turn off the lights in your home for one hour.
Go dark for an hour to save electricity. Individual actions, like turning off the lights for an hour at home, seem like small actions to take. However, when everyone adopts conscious energy-saving habits, it reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions as a city and decreases the negative impacts we have on our environment. For ideas to pass the hour, visit EarthHour.org/take-part/spend-the-hour.
- April 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Arbor Day Tree Giveaway, Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex, 2450 Drew St.
Bring two trees home and plant them this Earth Month. Trees are important in the fight against climate change. As they grow, trees absorb and store carbon emissions that otherwise cause global warming. In an urban environment such as Clearwater, shade from trees cools city streets, reduces air pollution and improves personal well-being and health.
- April 22, 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, Visit St. Pete Clearwater, Ocean Allies, Amplify Clearwater and the city joined forces for an Earth Day cleanup in Clearwater Beach. Everyone is welcome to join in, exercise and help keep the beach beautiful. Beach cleanups help prevent coastal litter from entering the sea, protecting the marine environment for biodiversity to thrive: SugarSandFestival.com/events/earth-day-celebration
- April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Earth Day Celebration, Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane.
Celebrate this very special day at the Moccasin Lake Natural Park. Presentations, children’s arts and crafts, music, vendors, food and fun will make up the Earth Day celebration.
- April 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shred-A-Thon & Medication Resumption, Countryside Mall, 27001 US Hwy 19 N.
On the last day of Earth Month, destroy your unnecessary documents and dispose of your old prescription drugs safely with the help of Clearwater Solid Waste/Recycling and Clearwater Police. Proper waste management keeps the environment safe and healthy for each other.
“Join me in turning off the lights at 9 p.m. on April 15 in support of Earth Month,” said Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard. “Electricity is the largest contributor to our community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, and resource conservation is a community effort and it will take everyone’s participation.”
Share your experience with friends and family on social media and the #ClearwaterEarthMonth hashtag. To learn more about Clearwater’s sustainability and resilience programs, visit MyClearwater.com/Sustainability.
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