(SAMOA, Calif.) — A special 90-minute Adopt-A-Highway clean-up at the Samoa Peninsula in Humboldt, Calif. is among the many events that will mark Earth Day 2018, Sunday, April 22.
The event is hosted by the Humboldt Chapter of the Pacific Outfitters Green Team, a group of outdoor enthusiasts whose claim to fame is being "The Home of the 60-minute Weekly Clean-up!"
They carry out brief, consistent clean-ups throughout the year.
"We will be partnering with other Adopt-A-Highway sponsors and the Samoa Peninsula communities to knock out as much litter as possible for Earth Day," the Team states in a public web post.
Global organizers of Earth Day 2018 are emphasizing the importance of involving youth in the annual, with a focus placed on the vast detriment caused to the environment by single-use plastics.
"The exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet," states the Earth Day Network.
Plastics, says EDN, are poisoning and injuring marine life, disrupting human hormones, littering beaches and landscapes and clogging our waste streams and landfills.
EDN calls for Earth Day 2018 "to be a pivotal moment to fundamentally change the human attitude and behavior concerning plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution."
To date, the PacOut Green Team boasts having removed 221,690 pounds of trash and 7,944 pounds of recyclable items from "our beaches, forests, parks and outdoor spaces."
Samoa in California, was given its current name in honor of a contemporary crisis in the Samoan Islands in 1890s, states Wikipedia com.
It was assumed that its harbor was similar to the harbor of Pago Pago in American Samoa, and the town was named Samoa.
The Peninsula Community Collaborative, residents of the area, and Rotarians have partnered with the PacOut Green Team for Earth Day.
PCC invites everyone out to the Earth Day Pancake Brunch and Clean-up 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Manila Community Center at 1611 Peninsula Drive.
All volunteers are advised: "Wear work clothes and bring a water bottle."
Happy Earth Day from the Independent State of Samoa!