Legislature sets first Carbon Day for September

June 22, 2009 by carbonday  
Filed under News

CHICAGO – Carbon Day will be celebrated in Illinois on September 15, and organizers envision a day of tree planting, recycling and composting.

Illinois lawmakers formally recognized the event with a resolution making the day a state holiday.

Organizers say the day is meant to focus on the impact of greenhouse gases on the environment and raise public awareness about reducing use of fossil fuels.

They hope Carbon Day will become a national holiday.

A kickoff is being planned for Lincoln Park in Chicago. Organizers are looking for corporate partners.


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