Thousands to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday

Thousands to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Preserving our planet, that's the mission across the country and around the world.

Thousands will be celebrating "green living" and "Earth day" Saturday.

For one Battle Creek business, they say every day is Earth Day, Atlas Sales has prided itself on recycling and sustainability since it was founded back in 1933.

The tell us they recycle more than 350,000 pounds of aluminum cans, 224 tons of glass, and 30 tons of cardboard each year.

The beer distributor works to make sure the majority of the bottles and cans they sell to retailers make their way back to them so they can recycle.

"For us it's second nature. It's part of our business practices every day," said Atlas Sales Vice President Bud Dunn. "Everything we do here, we've got a lot of stuff shows up here that we can keep re using and recycling over as over again."

In honor of Earth Day, Dunn is encouraging people to find ways to recycle and reuse the containers they use every day.

Lots of Earth Day celebrations are also happening in West Michigan Saturday.

One of the largest is happening in Kalamazoo in Bronson Park.

The theme is: "Make a promise to the Earth."

Everyone is invited to celebrate from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The focus will be on climate change and it impact on the earth--also what to do about it.

National environmental activist Peter Sinclair will speak at 6 p.m.

Organizers say this is the first Earth Day celebration to be held at Bronson Park in two dozen years.

Friday morning, some West Michigan kids and their teachers are kicking off Earth Day celebrations early.

The Montessori School of Kalamazoo is cleaning up their school campus and planting some fresh flowers for the spring.

Parents, student and staff are all pitching in.

They will be planting the flowers in Kalamazoo this morning, and on the Richland campus this afternoon.

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