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OCCA Eco-Bulletin

March 25, 2011


March 25, 2011: Vol. 4, No. 4

OCCA SPRING 2011 NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE:The current issue of OCCA’s newsletter, “The Lookout,” is now posted on our website at The document, which is 2MB, begins with an article about Earth Festival 2011.

Headlines: Earth Festival 2011 focus is on ‘three R’s’ of waste management; OCCA continues education, programs on natural gas drilling, water quality; OCCA in the news; WQCC hears report from hydrofracturing ‘ground zero’; Stewardship and the environment; The buck stops here; Reprinted ‘SOLO’ bumper sticker revives piece of history; Circuit Rider Planner Program offers valuable services to municipalities; Forum addresses costs associated with heavy industry; Well-spent Wednesdays; Save the Date: Hagers to be honored; OCCA announces two education mini-grants; OCCA, SWCD seeking water sampling interns; Students present on micro hydroelectric; OCCA 2010 Annual Fund Drive: Thank you for your continuing support!; Back yard composting good for gardening, environment; Wetland treatment project yielding promising results; OCCA sponsors three DEC camperships; Nature walk schedule beginning to take shape; August picnic planned for Glimmerglass Park; Social media intern joins OCCA team; Donations, volunteers sought for garage sale; Small, dedicated group enjoys snowshoe hike; Solar energy versus natural gas: the responsible choice; and Bike to Work Day is May 20.

EARTH HOUR IS SATURDAY – SIGN ON TODAY!: On Earth Hour, hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple – turning off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour symbolizes that by working together, each of us can have a positive impact in the fight against climate change, protecting our future and that of future generations. In the U.S., where the impacts of climate change are already being felt, Earth Hour sends a message that Americans care about this issue and stand with the world in seeking to find solutions to the escalating climate crisis because if we don’t, who will. Participation is easy. On March 26 at 8:30 p.m. local time, Earth Hour will cascade around the globe – from time zone to time zone – uniting the planet under a single, simple, call to action. By flipping off your light switch on March 26 at 8:30 p.m. local time you will be casting your vote for action on climate change. Visit sign up today. Since its inception four years ago, Earth Hour’s non-partisan approach has captured the world’s imagination and became a global phenomenon. Nearly one billion people turned out for Earth Hour 2009 – involving4,100 citiesin87 countriesonseven continents. Earth Hour 2010 was the biggest Earth Hour ever, with 128 countries and territories joining the global display of climate action.

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