Missourians Showed Efforts in Environmental Protection in April

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COLUMBIA - Sunday is the annual Earth Day. In April, volunteers throughout the state participated in various green events and showed their supports in protecting the environment.

MoDOT started its No More Trash Bash campaign in April. It's a kickoff month for the department's highway cleanup program throught the year. MoDOT said it spends about $6 million annually in highway trash pickup. Adopt-A-Highway Mid-Missouri coordinator Dianna Johnson said with the help of the volunteers, the department could save great on staffing and other resources, thus concentrating on other projects.

And the City of Columbia held its Cleanup Columbia 2012 event on April 14. A total of 350 volunteers picked up more than 255 bags of trash despite the rain. 

Many volunteers don't just take part in these special events. Laura and Marv Wells of Columbia have been volunteering to pick up trash on Stewart Road for 5 years. The Wells family are also participants in the city's automatic electricity shutdown program and "Bike-Walk-Wheel Week" event. In daily life, they recycle paper and cans, and save water resources by stopping watering the lawn.

This year's Earth Day has the theme of "Mobilizing the Earth." More than one billion people around the globe have participated in this year's event.