SOMERVILLE, NJ - How are you celebrating Earth Day? Somerset County Freeholder Melonie Marano, recycling liaison, urges residents to register for a free informative webinar titled “New Jersey’s Changing Climate,” presented by Dr. David A. Robinson from Rutgers University to be live- streamed on April 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The program is sponsored by the Somerset County Business Partnership and Sustainable Somerset. To register visit, https://bit.ly/RegisterEarthDay

In this webinar, participants will learn how humans can significantly impact the climate and how society might mitigate and develop greater resiliency while adapting to rapid climate change.

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“Although practicing social distancing is keeping communities homebound, this situation provides a great opportunity for residents to support environmental protection right in their own homes and neighborhoods,” Marano said, 

“Take this opportunity to research environmental causes that you will be passionate about and learn how to get involved. Folks should plant native species in their back yard that are conducive to New Jersey’s wildlife, get a bird feeder and enjoy bird watching,”  Marano added. “Even small changes can make a big impact.”

Somerset County celebrates Earth Day and helps protect the environment every day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even minor changes when reducing reusing and recycling, reduces the amount of waste, conserves natural resources, saves energy and prevents pollution.

The county’s recycling team promotes its reduce, reuse and recycle program by providing curbside pickup, and recycling drop-off events, such as household hazardous waste, electronic waste, and tire recycling, as well as composting workshops and shredding events. In 2018, the county also began implementing the use of electric cars.

To learn simple ways to make a positive impact on the environment watch Somerset County’s Earth Day video on April 22,  by visiting  Facebook and Instagram.