Celebrate Earth Week by cleaning up Tehachapi
March 13, 2021
Spring is near and Guardians Around The Earth (GATE) invites you to get outside and help beautify Tehachapi for Earth Day by gathering litter during our Tehachapi Cleanup event on Monday, April 19, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers meet at 9:30 a.m. in the lot at the corner of Dennison Road and Tehachapi Boulevard (next to Gracian’s Grill).
Tehachapi Cleanup mobilizes volunteers to remove litter along Tehachapi Boulevard from Dennison to Tehachapi-Willow Springs Roads. Water and clean up gear such as safety vests, trash bags and gloves will be provided to clean up helpers. We encourage participants to wear masks, proper attire and sunscreen. Individual and family group volunteers will be assigned clean up sections to ensure safe distancing. GATE works closely with the City of Tehachapi, Earth Day Network and other community partners to make this event a success.
Impacts from this cleanup go far beyond Tehachapi. Wind plays a large part in the attraction and pollution of Tehachapi Corridor. Trash left uncollected within our city continues to tumble wind-blown onto agricultural areas in neighboring mountain valleys and outlying wilderness areas. Particulate plastic from trash impacts wildlife, agricultural soils and groundwater. Environmental Health News reports more plastic pollutants are found in farm soils than in our ocean. Microplastic fibers also occur in tap and bottled water, fruits, vegetables and other food sources.
“One person, one action can change our world,” said Marisa Folse, co-founder of GATE. “When we work together, each act creates positive impacts. Tehachapi Cleanup is a great opportunity for families and friends to get out and give back to this community we love. Our efforts Keep Tehachapi Beautiful.”
Guardians Around The Earth is a Tehachapi-based 501(c)(3), nearing 15 years of education and service to Kern County. GATE’s goal is to grow future environmentalists for Earth.
GATE seeks motivated volunteers to join us and spread GATE’s mission of environmental education and action. To register as a volunteer or sponsor future events, visit http://www.guardiansaroundtheearth.org or sign up at this event.