Celebrate Earth Day 2010 Locally

By Rickie Harvey
As published in The West Roxbury Transcript
Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ever since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has provided an opportunity to remind ourselves that our environment is precious and should be treated with respect. Whether you choose to help plant some trees or simply eschew use of plastic bags on Thursday, April 22, WRSE urges you to take some action that benefits our Earth. Here are a few ways you can mark the day in West Roxbury and Roslindale, if the spirit moves you.

Reusable bags at half-price: WRSE asked several local merchants to mark Earth Day by selling their reusable bags for 50 cents on April 22, and Roche Bros., True Value Hardware (1871 Centre St.), Macy’s Liquors and the Centre Street CVS all agreed. It is crucial to our environment that we stop using plastic bags — which are petroleum-based and sit in our landfills for ages — so try to remember to take bags with you when you shop. These local businesses are helping make that easy by selling their sturdy, eco-friendly bags at half-price on Earth Day. Get a supply and leave them in the trunk of your car so you can’t forget to take them along.

Boston Shines Cleanup Days with WRSE: This eighth annual neighborhood cleanup takes place citywide, and this year WRSE is putting together a team to honor Earth Day and help beautify West Roxbury. Join us on Centre Street on Friday, April 23, from 9 a.m.-noon. We plan to have a special “green” assignment for our crew, and we will be handing out free WRSE T-shirts. Confirm our meeting place before you come out next Friday by checking the details on our website, www.westroxburysavesenergy.org.

Boston Shines Cleanup Days in Roslindale: On Saturday, April 24, the Roslindale Wetlands Task Force is sponsoring a spring wetlands cleanup from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The group will be assembling at the Hazelmere Street entry, and it is recommended you bring work gloves and wear work boots as well as clothing that fully cover your arms and legs.

“Meet the Farmer” Earth Day celebration dinner, West on Centre Restaurant, April 21: The farmer who oversees the Food Project in Lincoln will be present for this special evening, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and takes place on the eve of Earth Day. Farmer Michael will discuss the Food Project’s CSA and give helpful hints on urban farming. West will offer a local, sustainable menu, and Executive Chef Max Peterson will share details about where West buys its food and how we all can be more aware of our food’s origins. Wines from the Rhode Island vineyard Green Vale, which is owned by a South End resident, will be featured, and the menu will also include local honey, local cheese and Fair Trade chocolate. A portion of the $45 ticket price will be donated to the Food Project.

Allandale Woods Urban Wild, Roslindale: Boston’s Urban Wilds Initiative hosts this Earth Day celebration on April 22, which starts with a free Nature and Wildflower Walk from 1-2:30 p.m. Participants should meet at the trailhead located at the rear of the parking lot at Annunciation Church, VFW Parkway at Centre Street, Roslindale. The activities continue from 2:30-4 p.m. the same day with a volunteer planting at the Vincent Road trailhead, located at the southern end of Allandale Woods. Woodland restoration activities will include invasive plant removal and planting of native flowering understory trees. Ample parking for this portion of the celebration is available at Vincent and Morey roads, West Roxbury. The city encourages volunteers of all ages, especially area residents, to join in these Earth Day festivities.

All of the above are great ways to participate in honoring and protecting our environment on Earth Day, but WRSE reminds you that every day can be Earth Day by recycling and reusing — and by saving energy and saving money.