The Town of Cutler Bay celebrated its third annual Earth and Arbor Day event with a ceremonial tree planting at Saga Lake Park on Saturday, Apr. 21. Mayor Peggy Bell and Councilmembers Roger Coriat and Mary Ann Mixon presented the community with a proclamation.
Since this year’s global theme for Earth Day is to “End Plastic Pollution,” the fourth grade class from Cutler Bay Elementary School presented a creative way to reduce plastic consumption. Students designed and handcrafted shopping bags made from upcycled T-shirts as an alternative to plastic grocery bags.
The park event also featured guest speakers and educational exhibits by students from Cutler Ridge Elementary School and Cutler Bay Senior High. Community partners helping make the event possible included VisualScape, Cutler Bay Solar Solutions, Miami-Dade County Division of Solid Waste Management and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Mayor Peggy Bell noted that the town has been a Tree City USA designee annually since 2009 and has received the Tree Growth Award each year since 2012.
“Earth Day is the perfect opportunity for us to remember the many small steps that we can take each day to protect our natural environment” Mayor Bell said. “I am honored to join my colleagues and dedicated staff members to plant our 3,606th tree.”
Prompting the End Plastic Pollution Campaign was the fact that about 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year to make bags, bottles, packages, and other commodities for people all over the world. Approximately 90 percent of this plastic reportedly ends up as waste in landfills or as litter in the natural environment where it leaches dangerous chemicals into the nearby soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife. Earth Day Network is asking governments, businesses, and individuals to take the pledge to End Plastic Pollution.
Visit the group’s website at www.earthday.org.
To learn of upcoming special events, visit the town’s website at www.cutlerbay-fl.gov or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-234-4262.