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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2004

Contact: Michael Mann at 475-1623 or mmann@guamepa.govguam.net

Guam EPA announces Earth Week 2004 schedule; "Our Island, Our Future" theme links environment and economy

The future of Guam is in your hands
The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today announced the schedule for Earth Week 2004, which will be celebrated from April 17 to 24. This year's theme is "Our Island, Our Future," or "I Isla-ta, I Lina'lå-ta." The theme highlights the connection between the health of our island's environment and the health of our economy.

"Earth Week is an opportunity for island residents to take pride in our environment, to recognize the importance of protecting our island's precious natural resources, and to learn about what we can do as a community to shape the future of Guam through the choices we make today," said Guam EPA Administrator Fred M. Castro.

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 (listed below). A regularly updated calendar of events for Earth Week 2004 is available on the Earth Week page.

First Lady Joann Camacho is serving as Honorary Chairperson of the Earth Week 2004 Planning Committee.

MEDIA EVENT: To officially designate Earth Week 2004, Governor Felix P. Camacho will sign the Earth Week Proclamation on Tuesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. at the Guam EPA main office, located at 17-3304 Mariner Ave. (across from the Department of Revenue & Taxation) in Tiyan.

On Saturday, April 17, Guam EPA and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) are teaming up to organize the Na' La Bonita Cleanup, starting at 7 a.m. Groups and individuals who wish to sign up for a site to clean may call DPR at 475-6288/89/96. The full list of cleanup sites will be released soon.

On Saturday, April 24, Guam EPA, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association (GHRA), and DPR are organizing the Earth Week Island Pride Festival at Ypao Park in Tumon. The day will begin with a beach and road cleanup in Tumon at 7 a.m. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include a youth/school parade at 10 a.m., food, entertainment, interactive displays, games, contests, and lots of prizes. Schools that wish to participate in the parade and banner contest for a chance to win a school beautification prize should contact Dina Tenorio of the Department of Agriculture at 735-3958/86/87 to reserve a space.

Details on the Earth Week Poster Contest, the "Name the Fish" Contest, the Governor's "Green School" Award, and other Earth Week activities are available on Guam EPA's Web site at guamepa.govguam.net/earthweek/.



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