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Earth Week 2004: April 17-24

The future of Guam is in your handsThe Guam Environmental Protection Agency is proud to announce that Earth Week 2004 will be celebrated April 17-24. Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22, and Guam traditionally celebrates Earth Week during the third week in April. This year, Guam EPA and the Environmental Education Subcommittee of the Guam Watershed Planning Committee are organizing several events to celebrate Earth Week and raise environmental awareness. This site will be updated as new activities are announced.

This year's Earth Week theme is "Our Island, Our Future." ("I Isla-ta, I Lina'lå-ta.")

First Lady Joann Camacho is serving as Honorary Chairperson of the Earth Week Planning Committee.


Monday, April 5
Earth Week Poster Contest entries due to Guam EPA
Guam EPA and the Watershed Planning Committee are sponsoring the "Our Island, Our Future" Poster Contest. Twelve winners (one each from grades 1-12) will be announced during Earth Week. The winners will be featured in a 2005 calendar or used in posters or other promotional material. This year's contest is also open to students of the University of Guam and Guam Community College (college entries will be judged separately). Information about the contest has been distributed to island schools. For more information, visit the
Poster Contest page or contact Michael Mann at 475-1623 or .

Wednesday, April 14
"Name the Fish" entries due to Guam EPA
Guam EPA and the Coral Reef Coordinating Committee are trying to name this fish, and we need your help! For more information, download the entry form (PDF, 50K) or send your name, age, school, grade, contact number, and fish name to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004. Limit one entry per person.

Friday, April 16
Deadline for Governor's Green School Award Entries
Showcase your school's environmental programs. Tell us how your school is protecting the environment through recycling, collecting cans or paper, tree planting, or anything that teaches students the importance of our environment. The winning school will receive a prize for beautification of their school including recycling bins, trees for planting, and assistance in painting an environmental mural. Forms and details are available here (PDF, 14K). Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2004. Three finalists will be chosen -- finalists must set up a display at the Island Pride Festival showcasing their school's activities.

Saturday, April 17, 7 a.m.
Na' La Bonita Island-wide Cleanup
Guam EPA and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) are teaming up to kick off Earth Week with the Na' La Bonita Guam cleanup event on April 17. The cleanup starts at 7 a.m. The first 1,000 volunteers will receive a coupon for a free Earth Week t-shirt (join us at Ypao Park on April 24 to pick up your shirt!).

Download the Na' La Bonita Fax-back form (PDF, 156K), fill it out, and return to the Department of Parks and Recreation at 477-0997 to request a cleanup site. Please also download and review Guam EPA's Cleanup Safety Tips (PDF, 28K) for important information on procedures and precautions before and during the cleanup event.

Meeting points for the cleanup are as follows:

  1. Route 1, Yigo Fire Station
  2. Route 1, Wusstig Road, Lucero's Commercial Building, Yigo
  3. Route 1, Batulo Road, Dededo Transfer Station
  4. Route 10, Mangilao Public Health Center
  5. Tagachang Beach (off Route 4), Yona
  6. Togcha Cemetary (off Route 4), Yona
  7. Tolofofo First Beach (Route 4), Ipan
  8. Merizo Pier Park
  9. Nimitz Beach, Agat
  10. Rizal Beach, Agat
  11. Micronesia Mall Parking Lot (corner Rts 1 and 16), Dededo
  12. Mangilao Baseball Field
  13. Paseo Loop, Hagåtña
  14. ITC Building, Tamuning
  15. Route 16, 76 Gas Station at Overpass, Barrigada
  16. USO Beach, Piti

For more information and to sign up for a site, contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 475-6296/7.

Tuesday, April 20
Deadline for Parade and Banner Contest Confirmation
To start the Island Pride Festival, a Youth Parade will be held at Ypao Park at 10 a.m. on April 24. Each school that participates in the Youth Parade will be asked to decorate a banner representing their school and Guam's environment. The banner (in the form of a recycled bed sheet) will be provided to each participant. Schools may also use their own materials to build and decorate a float (maximum 6' width) on an environmental theme. The School with the most participants and the nicest banner will win a school beautification prize including recycling bins, trees for planting, and assistance in painting an environmental mural. Entrants must reserve a space in the parade by contacting Dina Tenorio of the Department of Agriculture at 735-3958/86/87 by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2004. Space in the parade is limited -- reserve your space early!

Saturday, April 24, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Tumon Bay Cleanup
Help us spruce up the Tumon area! Grab your friends, family, and co-workers and join Guam EPA and the Guam Visitors Bureau at this pre-festival cleanup. Bags and gloves will be provided.

There are two meeting points for the cleanup:

  1. South: Ypao Beach Park, Parking Lot on Hilton side
  2. North: Parking Lot across from Okura Hotel

Groups will be picking up litter along the road and shop areas on San Vitores Road (from Gun Beach to the hospital roundabout), as well as along the beach from Gun Beach to Ypao. Please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 475-6296/7 to sign up in advance for this event.

Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Earth Week Island Pride Festival
Join Guam EPA and the Guam Visitors Bureau as we kick off the "Island Pride" campaign with this fun and educational festival. The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Department of Parks and Recreation are also co-sponsoring this environmentally-friendly family event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. In addition, a beach and road cleanup will take place in Tumon from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. (see above). The event will feature games, contests, entertainment, food, and lots more.

Miss Guam Tourism, Russchelle Jenee Seballos, will emcee the event, along with Travis Kaufman from K57, Ronnie Perez of Power98, and Brian Curit from the ROCK.


7 a.m.-9 a.m. Tumon Cleanup (see above)

9 a.m. Welcoming remarks from First Lady Joann Camacho; displays open

9:15 a.m. Entertainment by Guma 'Palu Li'e

9:45 a.m. Raffle Giveaways!

10 a.m. Recycling Relay Race

10:25 a.m. Entertainment by Natibu Dance Company

10:50 a.m. Raffle Giveaways!

11 a.m. Music and fun!

11:30 a.m. Entertainment by The Chamorritas with Special Kids

12 p.m. Fish Impression Contest

12:20 p.m. Entertainment by the Guam Festpac Delegation

12:45 p.m. Raffle Giveaways!

1 p.m. Recycling Relay Race

1:30 p.m. Announcement of winners of Poster Contest, Name the Fish Contest, and Green School Awards (with Governor Felix P. Camacho)

2 p.m. Festival Ends

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Last update: 22 April 2004

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