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Earth Day To Be Celebrated in Springfield

There will be no shortage of Earth Day events to attend this year. This weekend and next Tuesday, there will be several ways to celebrate. Michele Skalicky has more.

Earth Day events actually kick off today with the installation of a "green" roof from 9 to 4 at the Green Circle Shopping Center, 4221 S. National. But most events will take place tomorrow and Tuesday.

The green roof installation continues tomorrow.

The Discovery Center of Springfield will host a free day, featuring education exhibits and activities tomorrow from 10 to 5.

Dickerson Park Zoo invites the public to its "Party for the Planet" tomorrow from 10 to 2.

Then there's a "ReForest the Ozarks" tree sale tomorrow starting at 8 and continuing until all the trees are gone at the MO Entertainment and Event Center. Each tree is $10. Even if you don't need a tree for your yard, you can purchase one and donate it to be planted along an Ozark Greenways trail.

And an E-Waste Collection will take place from 9 to 4 tomorrow at 1434 N. National. You can recycle computer monitors, microwaves and other computer-related items for free. They'll take tvs for a fee.

The Springfield Conservation Nature Center will host events in celebration of Earth Day Sunday and on Earth Day Tuesday.

A rain barrel/rain garden workshop will be held Tuesday from 11 to noon at the Library Center and there will be a Lake Springfield Clean-up Tuesday from 1 to 4. Meet at the boathouse.

Work projects will be held at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center April 26th.

A new event this year is an auto checkup tomorrow. Rick's Automotive at 2121 S. Campbell will check your car between 10 and 2 and will tell you how you can maintain your vehicle to improve gas mileage and reduce harmful emissions. Barbara Lucks, materials recovery and education coordinator for the City of Springfield, says individuals can make a difference by implementing small changes.

"The levels that we're most concerned about are ground level ozone, and our biggest factor are the mobile sources, you and me driving up and down the street, so if your cars are not in good working condition, you are probably contributing to the problem. This gives you an opportunity to see if there's anything out of balance, and, also, if your gas cap isn't on tight or it leaks, not only do you run the risk of losing gas, which we don't want to do these days, but, also, it lets the fumes out, so there's a check there to make sure that's not happening, too. These are all little things, but when you multiply by all the people that we have, it's really a significant factor."

Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former governor of Wisconsin. 20 million people took part then. By 1990, an estimated 200 million people took part in Earth Day activities. Lucks says she's seen more interest in Earth Day in Springfield this year. She hopes what people learn will resonate in their ears long after the earth day activities are over.

"We hope people will not just participate for one day, but they'll make those commitments and find something that they really care about and take those actions every day, all year."

To learn more about events taking place in celebration of Earth Day, go to


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