With many aspects of green culture now firmly entrenched in our consciousness, it’s hard to believe that people weren’t always aware of the impact of industrialization and so-called progress on the fragile environment. This year, April 22 marks the 42nd annual celebration of Earth Day, a nascent movement in 1970 that was formed in response to a massive Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969. The burgeoning movement grew to 200 million after two decades, a timeline that seems protracted given today’s social media tools like Twitter and Facebook.
And, although many of do our part to help the earth by recycling and carrying our own bags to the grocery store, the greater impact is often in our local community.
This Earth Day, the Town of Mamaroneck is holding the third annual “Help Clean Up the Hommocks Conservation Area” from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Members of the community are asked to come out to pick up beer cans and other detritus washed ashore from the Long Island Sound, across from 510 Hommocks Rd.
Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect from ticks, poison ivy and thorns. They are also advised to bring sturdy shoes, gardening gloves and insect repellant, said Elizabeth Paul, head of the town’s Conservation Department.
Those interested in volunteering on April 22, are asked to show up at the gravel parking lot across from 510 Hommocks Rd. at 10 a.m. For more information, please call the Town's Conservation Department at (914) 381-7845.