FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will hold an “Earth Day Celebration 2002” on Monday, April 22.
The event will be held on the Smith University Center lawn from 1 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The celebration will be held inside the university center in case of rain. The Sierra Club is co-sponsoring the event.
The day is designed to showcase what Florence is doing to keep the environment clean, safe and healthy. There will be live music from 3 to 5 p.m. by Melanie McMillan and 5 to 7 p.m. by Red Letter Day. Cumulus Broadcasting/Z100.5 will have a live radio broadcast from 1 to 3 p.m.
There will be a variety of fun and educational exhibits including the new Honda Insight (the 70 miles per gallon electric-hybrid car). Also featured will be raffles and prizes, an Earth Day poster contest, local vendors selling earth-friendly items, and a display of energy- and money-saving devices.
There will also be educational displays from Lowe’s, Sierra Club, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Lynches River Alliance, USDA–ARS (Coastal Plains Soil and Water Research Center), Department of Health and Environmental Control, Environmental Protection Agency, Keep Florence Beautiful, Ecology Club, FMU sororities and fraternities and other environmental groups.
“Inflatable Games” will be free from 1 to 5 p.m. and the Wallace Woods Nature Trail will have its grand opening with tours at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. FMU Dining Services will serve dinner outside on the lawn, at a cost of approximately $6.
Earth Day started on April 22, 1970, as more than 20 million Americans launched the modern environmental movement, generating support that led to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and more. A Harvard University student, Denis Hayes, organized the first Earth Day and campus activism was a key factor in its success. The focus of Earth Day 2002 is on clean water.
For more information about the celebration, call Lisa Pike, FMU assistant professor of biology, at 843-661-1411.
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