The Earth Day approaches; here’s how you can celebrate
Friday April 22 is Earth Day and people can celebrate in many ways in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough.
On Earth Day, the South Portland Land Trust will host an En-ROADS Virtual Climate Workshop with guest speaker Sam Allen, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. (In-ROADS means Energy-Rapid Overview and Decision-Support.)
The next day, the land trust is sponsoring a community cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We’ve been doing some sort of cleanup every year for at least 15 years,” said Alex Redfield, chairman of the land trust. “What’s new this year is that we’re trying to have three different hubs across the city.”
Volunteers can meet at Mill Creek Park or at the parking lot outside Seafood Dock at Evans Street and Broadway for Greenbelt Along cleanup operations, or at the Cinemagic parking lot at Clarks Pond to clean up the South Branch Trail. Supplies will be provided to meeting points.
Redfield is encouraging residents who can’t make it to one of the organized cleanups to clean up in their own neighborhoods.
On the afternoon of April 23, the Land Trust will perform maintenance on Clark’s Pond Trail and on April 24, they will host a walking and education session at Trout Brook.
To learn more about the events, including how to register, visit southportlandlandtrust.com.
In coordination with the city’s public works department, Cape Elizabeth Land Trust will organize a two-week clean-up effort from April 22 to May 1.
“We’re sort of hosting a hybrid event,” said Philip Mathieu, land trust program coordinator.
People can volunteer throughout the week “or you can participate in some sort of main event on April 30,” he said.
The “main event” on April 30 is a community cleanup from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will meet at the land trust office at 330 Ocean House Road, where they will receive supplies and be divided into groups.
Throughout the two-week period, volunteers are encouraged to complete neighborhood cleanups or choose from a list of locations that the land trust has prioritized.
The Public Works Department will help by picking up the bags at nine locations on April 25 and May 1.
For a list of baggage drop-off locations and how to register, visit capelandtrust.org.
The Maine Audubon, in partnership with Friends of Scarborough March and Eastern Trail Alliance, will clean up at Scarborough Marsh on April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Audubon has also partnered with Project GRACE to collect food during the cleanup. Volunteers are encouraged to bring non-perishable items or a store gift card to donate.
The Scarborough Land Trust will be holding its own cleanup on May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.