Keep Liberty Beautiful: Thank you for making Earth Day Celebration a success

Dr. Karen Bell, Keep Liberty Beautiful

Preserve the Beauty of Liberty and Liberty County’s Earth Day Celebrations may be over, but our responsibility to protect the Earth is not yet.

An in-person family Earth Day event turned out to be the perfect day for the community to celebrate our Earth. We do sneaky ways to have fun while educating and bringing public awareness about recycling, waste prevention, water conservation and beauty. Keep Liberty Beautiful also provides online activities through social media throughout April. With the help of the HDA and the Bryant Commons Foundation, we hosted a successful in-person event.

I should also mention that our Liberty County Earth Day event required months of planning. Dedicated KLB staff, Earth Day committee members, community partners and members of the KLB advisory board are working long hours to ensure this year’s event is a success! Earth Day is for our community and is held by our community. We have 11 sponsors: Liberty County Chamber of Commerce; Jimmy Shanken with Coldwell Banker Southern Coast — Moving Trucks; Long Engineering TR; Canoochee EMC; Andy Bennett: Allstate Insurance; Yates-Astro — Bug Bus; Naval Federal Credit Union; Coastal Electricity Cooperative; Inheritance Bank; Georgia Electric Company; and Bank of South Georgia. We also have some great supporters for this event: Liberty County Solid Waste, Liberty County Road Department, ESG, Chickfil-A, Coastal Courier, Liberty County, Long County, City of Flemington, City of Hinesville, City of Walthourville, City of Allenhurst, City of Riceboro, GumBranch City and Midway City.

We have 50 booths hosted by the organizations, businesses, agencies, and churches we partner with at Keep Liberty Beautiful. The booth offers a wide variety of crafts, displays, and activities during our largest educational event.

We have 158 volunteers throughout the day who give their time to complete our mission in undercover environmental education disguised as fun.

April may be over, but we still have to take care of our Earth. Here’s a quick list to keep in mind about how you can make a difference: • Save water at home by taking shorter showers, watering your yard only as needed, and turning off the water when brushing your teeth.

• Dispose of toxic waste in a proper way. Paint, motor oil and other chemicals should not be poured down drains or directly into ecosystems.

• Prevent waste by placing garbage in its place.

• Try to use less electricity by turning off electrical appliances when not in use.

• Reduce your driving by walking, cycling, or driving more often.

• Buy local, which helps local businesses and combats air pollution by avoiding longer trips in the car.

• Plant trees and plants to help the environment.

The next Great American Cleanup KLB is Saturday, May 21, 2022, at Walthourville Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us, or schedule your own cleaning by contacting KLB.

To learn more about our KLB missions and events, call (912) 880-4888 or email klcb@liberty countyga.com. Also, be sure to follow Keep Liberty Beautiful on Facebook and Instagram.

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