Georges River Land Trust announces Earth Day activities in Rockland, Thomaston
ROCKLAND-THOMASTON — Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) will co-host a weekend of clean-up activities in recognition of the 48th anniversary of Earth Day. These events are part of a global effort to care for the planet by eliminating plastic from our roadsides and waterways.
On Saturday, April 21, at 9 a.m., in conjunction with Rockland Harbor Trail, the Land Trust will co-host a clean-up of Rockland's waterfront. The public is invited to meet at Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 9 Water Street in Rockland, and from there proceed to the harbor for clean-up. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, gloves, boots, buckets, and kids and friends. GRLT and the City of Rockland will provide trash bags.
Following Saturday's clean up, at 11 a.m., the public is invited to the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Abigail Barrows, coastal monitoring coordinator with the Marine & Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, will speak about the effects of microplastics in the ocean. Her talk will be followed by a barbecue for all the volunteers, compliments of Wiggins Meat Market, Rockland Dunkin' Donuts, and Rock City Coffee.
On Sunday, April 22, the clean-up campaign moves to Thomaston. Again participants are invited to grab their gear and meet in the parking lot of The Feed Store, 155 New County Road (US 1) at 9 a.m. to clean up along Route One. The Thomaston clean-up will also include a brief introduction to the invasiveness of microplastics in our environment, and will continue through 11 a.m. Supporters of Sunday's event include Shepard Auto Group, Rockland Ford, ERA Cousens Realty, McDonald's, and Oceanside High School.
To learn more about global Earth Day, visit https://www.earthday.org. In keeping with the Earth Day theme of limiting plastic and therefore hosting a zero-waste event, we ask people to bring their own water bottles. For further information about Saturday's activities, call Annette Naegel at (207) 594-5166; for Sunday's program, call Jocelyn Paquette at (207) 323-1890.