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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/17/03

Contact: Tanya Oznowich or Marc Rogoff
(609) 984-9802 or (609) 292-1474

DEP Announces Earth Day Classroom Speakers
Calendar of Events and Web Site

(03/59) TRENTON - Tuesday, April 22nd marks the 34th annual international celebration of Earth Day, a time when citizens around the world reaffirm their commitment to environmental protection. Due to the local popularity of Earth Day, area-wide events can begin as early as mid-April and carry on through mid-May.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is encouraging the public to visit it’s “Earth Day – New Jersey” web site at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/seeds/earthweb/eday.htm. to view a list of Earth Day events scheduled throughout the state and learn how to invite a DEP speaker into the classroom this spring.

“Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to protecting our environment,” said Bradley M. Campbell, DEP Commissioner. “It helps raise awareness among people of all ages about the responsibility we share. I encourage everyone to participate in at least one of the many Earth Day events scheduled throughout our state.”

The most popular feature at the web site is the “Calendar of Events.” The calendar currently features over thirty Earth Day, Arbor Day (April 25) and other public environmental events that are open to families, individuals and students. Coordinators of public events not yet listed in this calendar are invited to complete and submit the online event form.

A new DEP initiative featured at the web site under “Earth Day Resources” is the DEP Speakers Program. In honor of Earth Day’s national theme for 2003, ‘Water for Life’, the department has a number of employees available in April and May to conduct interactive, water-related lessons for students in grades K-8. Information is available online about how to schedule a classroom presentation.

Additional features at the site include the history of Earth Day, online educational resources, and a list of actions that people can take at home, in school or at work to help protect the environment.

DEP supports Earth Day activities in New Jersey because the celebration acts as a springboard for new or renewed public interest in environmental protection. Through this annual celebration, people become better informed about the role they can play in protecting the earth’s natural resources and environmental quality.

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