Monroe County, Indiana
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    For Immediate Release: 
    March 7, 2017
    EARTH HOUR:
    A CHALLENGE TO MONROE COUNTY

     
    Group consciousness runs our world. On Earth Hour Saturday March 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., people around the world will focus on the health of this planet earth. Let’s all tap into earth consciousness in Monroe County as well and impact thoughts and actions in terms of energy use and habits. Earth Hour has become a tradition where more than 7,000 cities around the globe go dark for one hour during “Earth Hour.” Earth Hour is an annual campaign started by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) to raise awareness of the environmental challenges we all face, such as climate change. Media & Education Director Elisa K. Pokral says, “I challenge Monroe County residents to take part in Earth Hour and to participate in the Earth Hour City Challenge. Tell your local leaders in Monroe County to put our cities on the map for the Earth Hour City Challenge and participate in this worldwide annual event!”

    Have you noticed that communities across the country face increasingly extreme weather, from heat waves and wildfires to coastal storms and flooding? As climate change worsens, dangerous weather events become more frequent and severe. Pokral states, “Don’t forget how much we depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and that the actions we take—from the energy we use to the products we buy, to how we handle our waste—have an effect on the world. Earth Hour is our chance to make and show our commitment to protect our planet not just for one hour a year, but every day.” She says, “As a resident of Monroe County, I am turning out my lights and the District will do so as well.” Here's how: 1. Turn off all non-essential lights in and around your residence 2. Request that all non-essential lights in and around our government buildings be turned off 3. Tell your neighbors and encourage businesses in your community to join in.

    Pokral explains, “When people change the type of lights they use in their house, they reduce carbon emissions and changing frequently used lights to LEDs versus CFLs also saves you money. LEDs are now more energy efficient and earth friendly than CFLs and LEDS do not contain mercury. However, both should be recycled. WWF reports that Earth Hour continues to be the largest demonstration of public concern about climate change in history. Climate change jeopardizes fifty years of conservation successes and it jeopardizes every ecosystem. Daily activities such as reducing waste by being careful of what you purchase, using organic alternatives to household hazardous waste, reusing as much as possible to keep items out of the landfill, and recycling, all are actions that change the world. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that municipal solid waste landfills are the largest source of human related methane emissions in the U.S. contributing to smog and climate change and is more harmful than carbon dioxide emissions.

    Earth Hour is a call to action to increase awareness about environmental challenges such as climate change and to demonstrate that people from all over the world care and are taking action in their daily lives. Monroe County residents can also take action for the earth by picking up the District’s comprehensive booklet—the “GoGreen” Guide available in Green bins at any of the District’s four Rural Recycling Centers and the South Walnut Recycling Center. The GoGreen Guide tells you what can be recycled at all District Recycling Centers-- what can be brought to the Household Hazardous Materials Facility at the South Walnut Recycling Center and at Rural Recycling Centers. Simple actions create our world and recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce climate change. One single action represents the start of your personal journey of commitment to a more sustainable earth.

    Earth Hour has grown to engage more than 172 countries worldwide that switch off their lights. On March 25, hundreds of millions of people in cities around the world from Las Vegas to New Delhi, will be turning off their lights for one hour. Monroe County, let’s get into the act!
     
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    Elisa K. Pokral
    Media and Education Director
    The District…where Green living begins
    Ph: (812) 349-2866/2020
    E-mail: epokral@mcswmd.org gogreendistrict.com
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    CHANGES COMING TO FREE BULKY ITEM DISPOSAL PROGRAM EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2017.

    See Flyer below for details.
     

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    CHECK OUT THE DISTRICT’S  

    REVAMPED WEBSITE AND STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH ALL-DISTRICT SERVICES

    Now when you click on gogreendistrict.com, you will see an even more easily accessible website for the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District (MCSWMD) or the “District.” The District encourages Monroe County residents to take advantage of all its services and programs to help create a healthier community and environment. Executive Director Tom McGlasson Jr. states, “It is easy to forget how much impact our daily actions have on our planet.  The District strives to provide services and programs that make it easier for Monroe County residents to do their part and our website will enable them to do that even more.”
     
    McGlasson says, “All of us depend on the planet for so many things like food, fuel, water and fresh air and the actions we take—from the energy we use to the products we buy, to how we handle our waste—have an effect on the world.” Media & Education Director Elisa Pokral is available to provide presentations throughout the year to schools, businesses, and community groups. McGlasson is also available for presentations. To view presentations and session details visit http://gogreendistrict.com/education. Email Pokral at epokral@mcswmd.org or call 812-349-2866. The District offers free presentations on a variety of earth care topics. The District encourages people to book ahead of time because the schedule fills up fast. Tours of the South Walnut Recycling Center are available as well. The District also encourages people to view the videos on its website at http://gogreendistrict.com/videos, most of which air on a variety of cable TV channels. Videos also include some from Friday Zone and a couple other sources, all with the purpose of spreading the word of how and why people can become environmental stewards.
     
    Pokral explains, “Daily activities such as reducing waste by being careful of what you purchase, using organic alternatives to hazardous chemicals, reusing as much as possible to keep items out of the landfill, and recycling, all are actions that change the world.” The Environmental Protection Agency reports that municipal solid waste landfills are the largest source of human-related methane emissions in the U.S. contributing to smog and climate change and is more harmful than carbon dioxide emissions.
     
    Monroe County residents can also take action for the earth by picking up the District’s comprehensive booklet—the “GoGreen” Guide available in Green bins at any of the District’s four Rural Recycling Centers and the South Walnut Recycling Center. The GoGreen Guide tells you what can be recycled at all District Recycling Centers-- what can be brought to the Hazardous Materials Facility at the South Walnut Recycling Center and at Rural Recycling Centers. So look for the publication with the smiling character with the thumb up. Simple actions shape our world and recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce climate change. The District gives a “thumbs up” to all those who recycle and use the District’s services.
     
    One single action represents the start of your personal journey of commitment to a more sustainable earth. Why not start today and give yourself a thumbs up!

    Media Contact: Elisa K. Pokral
    Media and Education Director
    Ph: (812) 349-2020/2866
    E-mail: epokral@mcswmd.org



     

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