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Nature Conservancy to celebrate Earth Day

April 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Nature Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day by hosting the second annual Picnic for the Planet and connecting people around the world through the food they love.

People are encouraged to host or join a picnic in honor of the planet, the delicious food it provides and the wonderful people with whom we share it. This is truly a global event and may be the largest picnic ever.

The Nature Conservancy is hosting picnics around the world including one in Elkins City Park, from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The park is located on Sycamore Street. People can bring a picnic lunch to the pavilion and join an afternoon of family-friendly activities and traditional Appalachian music by Andy and Greta FitzGibbons.

Local organic farmers Cindy and David Proudfoot of Proudfoot Mountain Farms will speak briefly and answer questions about locally grown food and its benefit to the local environment and economy.

"The Nature Conservancy launched Picnic for the Planet in 2011 to nurture our connection to the planet and the food it provides," said Rodney Bartgis, state director of The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia. "Let's say 'thanks' on Earth Day by taking the planet out to lunch."

Picnic for the Planet is part of The Nature Conservancy's All Hands on Earth campaign, which aims to build an active, global community for the environment and provide everyday ways for people to get involved in creating a healthier earth.

More information about The Nature Conservancy's Picnic for the Planet is available by contacting Andrea Brandon at 304-637-0160, ext. 100.



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