Earth Day volunteers clean up Oakland
on April 22, 2013
In honor of Earth Day, a yearly event held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection, over 9o events were held citywide in Oakland on Saturday.
The events aimed to raise awareness about Earth Day and encourage Oakland residents to clean and beautify local parks and streets. Last year, the city had over 2,500 volunteers who collected over 15 tons of trash and 533 pounds of recyclables.
In front of the Golden Gate Library located on San Pablo Avenue, a small group of volunteers gathered to help clean up their neighborhood.
“I just want to thank you guys for doing this,” said someone who walked past the group as they cleaned up trash and pulled weeds from the ground.
“I see the difference in what we have done so far,” said Melissa Botello, an Oakland resident who spent her early morning sweeping trash to show her support.
Larry Bragg, volunteer coordinator for Earth Day for the Golden Gate neighborhood of Oakland, said the event is good for the community.
“It’s always positive when you are out there cleaning for people,” Bragg said. “We are just trying to raise awareness and keep the area clean. San Pablo is such a big thoroughfare, it’s a highway so it collects a lot of garbage.”
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