Many consider Earth Day 1970 the birth of the modern environmental movement. Since then, each year on April 22, millions of people all over the world take some action in support of a greener, cleaner, more sustainable environment.
Rain barrels decorated by students and artists from around the Tristate are on display at the Cincinnati Zoo. The 2nd annual Rain Barrel Art Project sponsored by Save Local Waters is part of a push to raise awareness about environmental education and, of course, to get more people to capture rain water to reduce water usage.
The next Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speaker at the Cincinnati Zoo is John Kamanga, a Masai elder working to preserve the land of the South Rift Valley in Kenya. He’s on the phone from Kenya duringField Notes with Thane Maynard to discuss the various conservation projects he is involved with, as well as his April 11 visit to the Zoo. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.
The Western Wildlife Corridor is working hard to improve the Ohio River Valley, specifically on the western side of Hamilton County. Stretching from Mill Creek near downtown to the Great Miami River bordering Indiana, one of the primary threats, according to WWC President Tim Sisson, is the prevalence of invasive plant species. Mark Perzel talks with Mr. Sisson about this and other threats, and how the WWC is working to improve this area of the county.