King County Council recognizes efforts to protect the environment

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Metropolitan King County Council today voiced its support for the local, national and international efforts to protect the environment by proclaiming April 22 Earth Day in King County. The effort started 41 years ago to raise awareness about the environment has grown into a world-wide event, celebrated in 175 countries.

On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day at college campuses and cities throughout the U.S. Many important laws were passed by Congress in the wake of the 1970 Earth Day, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Superfund, and the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“Earth Day presents us with an opportunity to examine our County’s environmental sustainability practices,” said Councilmember Bob Ferguson. “I am pleased that the Council continues to work towards making our operations greener as part of the larger goal of ensuring that King County remains a wonderful place to live for many future generations.”

“Our environmental challenges are huge. Doing nothing is not an option,” said Steve Dubiel, Executive Director of Earthcorps. “Back in 2004, EarthCorps expanded Earth Day into Earth Month because one day is simply not enough. Earth Month is all about giving people opportunities to make a difference. EarthCorps is excited to lead 3,500 volunteers on 25 hands-on projects in seven cities during Earth Month. Go to www.earthcorps.org and sign up to volunteer!”

This April 22, King County will host the eighth annual Earth Day Expo at Westlake Plaza in Downtown Seattle. The event will feature a wide range of activities, speakers and vendors geared toward people of all ages. Participants can get information and tips on how to reduce their carbon footprint, “green” their commute and tips on making a green home and garden.

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