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Earth Day celebration planned in Wilmington Friday

Shaun Bailey of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary
Wilmington Earth and Arbor Day Celebration, 2016

Wilmington is hosting a large Earth Day Celebration this Friday afternoon.


The annual Wilmington Earth & Arbor Day celebration is the largest of its kind in Delaware.


Jennifer Adkins is the executive director of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, which is coordinating the event for the City of Wilmington. She said the celebration is a way to appreciate things we may not think about every day.


“In the case of Earth Day it’s obviously the environment and clean air and water. And for Arbor Day it’s the importance of trees and vegetation,” she said. 


She added that protecting the environment is as important -or more- for people living in urban areas.


“As an example, a city like Wilmington gets its drinking water from Rivers. If we’re not paying attention to keeping our rivers clean then we won’t have clean water to drink,” she said. 


Sea level rise is also a major threat to Delaware, which is almost entirely in a coastal zone.


The event will feature a slew of new information for protecting the environment, regardless of whether you live in an apartment or on a 20-acre ranch.


That includes using “green” household products, limiting fertilizer runoff from your lawn and planting a tree.    


The event takes place Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rodney Square and will feature food trucks and a live band.


The official Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. Arbor Day is Friday, April 28.

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