The theme of Earth Day 2012 was “Mobilize the Earth.” Organizers encouraged participants around the globe to attend a local event or start one.“Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part,” the Earth Day website states.
Locally, the call to action was answered.
On Friday, the Port of Camas-Washougal organized a beach cleanup at Capt. William Clark Park. In Camas, downtown merchants, local students and faith groups got together to beautify the area on Sunday.“As we come out of this great recession, budgets have been cut for maintenance like this, so we decided to step up,” said Greg Goforth, a local Realtor and member of the Downtown Camas Association. “The DCA is interested in preserving the community and it’s a perfect tie-in to Earth Day.”
It was a community-wide effort, with local businesses Lutz Hardware and LJC Feed donating supplies, while Journey Community Church provided hotdogs, chips and soda for hungry volunteers.
The work included sidewalk and landscape clean-up, weeding,planting and spreading bark dust, as well as pressure washing.
“It is great to have so much support,” Goforth said. “It’s nice to see so many people caring about their community.”