Three events in Brookings Sunday will mark the 48th annual Earth Day celebrations.

The first will be held on the bridge of the Chit Taa ghii-li — the Chetco River — from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21,to honor the river and present a healing ceremony for the damage it sustained during and after the Chetco Bar Fire last summer.

Interested citizens are to meet at 9:30 a.m. at North Bank Chetco River Road and U.S. 101.

The second begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. A hike along the Riverview Trail at Loeb State Park 8 miles up North Bank Chetco River Road will be led by Jeff Gallemore, Harris Beach State Park interpretive ranger.

Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers, and bring water and a camera.

The Azalea Park Foundation is celebrating Earth Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Jubilation statue in the Brookings park.

There will be a tree planting, a drum circle, treats for people and dogs and gardening tools, said foundation President Teresa Lawson. People are invited to bring their musical instruments and garden tools.

Worldwide, 2018 Earth Day efforts are focusing on plastic pollution, which supporters say is threatening the planet’s survival, from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, littering beaches and landscapes to clogging streams and landfills

Earth Day began April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness and the extinction of wildlife realized they shared common values.

The first Earth Day helped lead to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts.

“Azalea Park is enjoyed by many for its natural beauty,” Lawson said. “It is a perfect place to enjoy nature and reflect on preserving our natural resources.”

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