Earth Day is April 22, and to celebrate, the Buckeye Brook Coalition is hosting their 15th annual Earth Day Clean Up Weekend Celebration April 21 and 22. The event will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. for those who cannot attend Saturday. The cleanup will happen rain or shine. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and wear gloves and waterproof boots if possible. Donated gloves are available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Participants should meet at the Warwick Knights of Columbus Hall, 475 Sandy Lane in Warwick.
Volunteers will be divided into groups under the leadership of team captains, who will bring groups to their locations throughout the watershed. Participants will be supplied with bags to retrieve litter. Certificates of Participation will be available upon request for volunteer hours.
“A lot of kids are on vacation this week and they can get out into the outdoors and interact with the natural resources,” said Paul Earnshaw, who encourages families to take the time to volunteer together. “We can give back to all our mothers – Mother Earth.”
Earnshaw, president of the Buckeye Brook Coalition, said working as a unit to clean up the outdoors often inspires others to do the same.
“We’re setting an example,” he said.
The cleanup is supported by and done in collaboration with the city of Warwick and Rhode Island Resource Recovery Act. For more information, call Paul Earnshaw at 401-739-6592.