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April 24, 2012

Observe Eco-activism with the McAlester News-Capital

McALESTER — It’s easy to think the big picture is McAlester or Pittsburg County, but if you look bigger than that — really big — the “big” picture is Earth.

April 22 was Earth Day, a global holiday with roots starting in San Francisco in 1969. Those roots observe a different date — March 21, the Spring Equinox Earth Day. According to Mother Nature Network, San Francisco’s role in Earth Day is particularly fitting, given the origins of its name. The city is named after St. Francis, who was the patron saint of ecology.

The evolution of Earth Day, April 22, has grown to an international eco-activism.

From its first observance in 1970, it has opened avenues of new public attitudes.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in national priorities followed Earth Day 1970. When polled in May 1971, 25 percent of the U.S. public declared protecting the environment to be an important goal, a 2,500-percent increase over 1969.”

According to MNN, by 1990, Earth Day was celebrated across the globe by 10 times as many people — 200 million.

Today, more than 1 billion people in more than 180 countries observe Earth Day either by pledging “Acts of Green” through the Earth Day Network, by word on social networks or attending events, according to MNN.

To participate in “Acts of Green,” visit act.earthday.org.

An easy way to pledge with “Acts of Green” is to reuse the McAlester News-Capital paper.

And there are many ways to reuse the News-Capital newspaper. Many people have heard of cleaning glass, starting fires, etc., but there are more useful ways to reuse the News-Capital.

Some readers of the News-Capital have already found ways to recycle the newsprint — or even reduce the use of newsprint. Like many newspapers across the nation, newspapers are offering information online. In December 2011, the News-Capital added the SmartEdition.

The electronic edition, SmartEdition, of our the News-Capital offers galleries of ads, classifieds, full-length stories and photos in a full-page form as it’s published in newsprint.

Subscription rates for the SmartEdition range from $1.50 per edition to $4.75 for a month to $50 for a year, accessible daily via computer or handheld devices.

To recycle the newspaper and other items, Pride in McAlester has a recycling center at the north end of the Farmer’s Market parking lot at South Main Street and Choctaw Avenue. Attendants are at the center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, but offer a 24/7 drop-off.

For more information about the PIM recycling center, call 918-426-4444.

A similar holiday to Earth Day is Arbor Day and it’s celebrated on the last Friday of April. This year it will be April 27. For more than 135 years, Arbor Day has been celebrated by planting trees, beautification of communities, races, hikes and appreciation of earth’s beauty. To learn more about Arbor Day, visit www.arborday.org.

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