Children in the Greater Olean area are invited to participate in the New York State Senate's 2016 Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition for children in kindergarten through sixth grade to increase awareness of environmental issues.

The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 22, is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” The winning poster will be displayed on Sen. Catharine Young’s website and each participant will receive a certificate of appreciation.  

“I always say we live in the most beautiful part of New York State, because our communities are blessed with so many beautiful natural vistas,” said Young, who represents the 57th Senate district, which includes the Greater Olean area. 

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“Preservation of these resources, such as our lakes, rivers, forest and state parks for future generations would not be possible without events like Earth Day that raise public awareness," she said.

Entries are due by April 4 and cabn be submitted via a link on Senator Young’s website.

Earth Day, which began in 1970, is regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It was created by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin who was angered by oil spills in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.

Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts and has become an international day that focuses attention on creating a healthier earth.

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