LIMA — The 17th annual Earth Day Lima celebration got underway Sunday with cool temperatures and bright sunny skies over Faurot Park.
The event featured entertainment by the Resistance Singers, The Little People Band, Homegrown Grass and the Jesse Henry Band.
“It’s really about raising awareness of our impact on the planet and how we, just as individuals, can make a choice to be more conscious and aware and in the long run really make a big difference,” said Rae Neal, organizer of the event.
“This year, one of the biggest pushes is to eliminate single-use plastic. It’s maybe not as evident as it should be, but there’s a major issue with plastic in the ocean. It’s not only just floating around in the ocean, but it is actually causing problems because it is messing with the ecosystem and also then challenging the life in the ocean so it’s creating a major problem, and it is all our fault,” Neal said.
“We can not keep making petroleum-based plastic. It just isn’t viable or feasible or an appropriate use of oil when we know how difficult oil is to come by and that it is really a precious commodity, so why wouldn’t we begin to use the veggie plastic? The stuff’s been around since 1937. Then, oil was easy and it was inexpensive, but it’s not anymore, and so we need to change,” she said.
Several speakers took the stage to talk about environmental issues.
Constance Gadell-Newton, Ohio’s Green Party candidate for governor, was there, along with her running mate, Brett Joseph.
“We are promoting a shift to all renewable green energy by 2030,” said Gadell-Newton.
They are also “calling for an immediate moratorium on fracking and injection wells in Ohio and promoting locally owned green energy co-ops to promote the use of energy efficient green solar and wind technology and to transition off of dirty energy,” she said.
Gadell-Newton and Joseph will be on the May primary ballot but you have to ask for a ballot on election day. “That will establish the voters’ official party affiliation so if they pull a Green ballot, they’ll become a Green Party member,” said Gadell-Newton.
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