The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 20, 2014

Help keep planet clean

The Commercial-News

---- — Americans will celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday in a variety of ways, all with a focus to waste less and preserve natural resources and beauty.

Vermilion County can count itself among the luckiest of counties in Illinois with its abundance of natural resources. Its parks — Kickapoo State Park, Harry “Babe” Woodyard Nature Area, Middle Fork National Scenic River, Middle Fork Recreation Area, Kennekuk County Park, Forest Glen Preserve, Lake Vermilion County Park and Heron County Park — offer residents and visitors acres and acres of recreational activities.

Anyone using these parks can help by just making sure they clean up after themselves and picking up trash left behind by the less considerate.

Keep Vermilion County Beautiful plans two special activities on May 3, one in downtown Danville and the other in the city’s Douglas Park. Volunteers with the group also will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Carver Park for a bit of spring cleaning.

Students and staff at Danville Area Community College also will mark Earth Day with several activities, including a repurposing contest. In it, participants transform items that might have outlived their usefulness in their original form into something functional.

Those who care about the environment don’t need to join a group activity to make a difference. Individuals can perform simple tasks such as conserving clean water or picking up trash while on hikes or in their neighborhood. They can think twice before throwing something away, possibly even donating it to a local organization where it can be refurbished and used again.

Earth Day makes us aware a healthy environment is not necessarily an infinite resource. Small steps by many can help keep our air clean, our water pure and our land safe. Do what you can to make every day Earth Day.