April 23, 20201
The HighPoint team celebrated Earth Day this year by cleaning up a stretch of Fremont Road near ESM High School. We’re so glad we were able to do this – at this time last year the office had gone remote and so we did Earth Day cleanups in our individual neighborhoods. It’s great to be back together for one of our favorite annual traditions. The cleanup is part of a program sponsored by OCRRA, which provides materials and special pickup sites around the county to encourage participation for individuals, clubs, and businesses.
We gathered six full bags of trash, along with some larger items that wouldn’t fit in the bags. This year’s award for weirdest find goes to Chelsea, who discovered massive, rusted bolt cutters in a drainage ditch (Pat shows them off in the image below). If you have recommendations for a good cleanup spot for next year, let us know!
The theme of 2021’s Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth,” with a focus on the restoration of earth’s natural processes and much wider adoption of emerging green technologies. Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a way to bring attention to “the deteriorating environment in the United States.” According to their website (Earth Day isn’t just an internationally observed day of action, but also a non-profit), the first Earth Day “achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, urban dwellers and farmers, business and labor leaders. By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act.”