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In Celebration of Earth Day 2010 American Embassy Hosts Cleanup Campaign for School Children at Sahab Traffic Park

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Amman – In celebration of Earth Day, the U.S. Embassy in Amman, in cooperation with the Jordan Environment Society and Entity Green, today hosted a clean-up campaign with 75 school students at Sahab traffic park.  Following the cleanup, the students worked with students from the College of Arts and Design at the University of Jordan to transform garbage into artwork, which is going on display in the park.

U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft joined in the cleanup campaign, noting that this event funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to build awareness among youth and foster increased environmental stewardship among the leaders of tomorrow.  Addressing participants, Ambassador Beecroft said: “We are here to show that children can make a change.  While engaged in activities, think of the amount of waste produced daily, and how much goes unused or un-recycled. Be champions of change and start a greener lifestyle -- new habits that will save Jordan’s precious resources. Be mindful of your water usage, turn off the lights when you don’t need them, and keep your parks and schools clean by not littering.”

Representatives from the Greater Amman Municipality, the Jordan Environment Society (JES) as well as employees from the U.S. Embassy also attended the cleanup campaign.

The United States has a long history of supporting environmental causes in Jordan, in cooperation with the Government of Jordan and non-governmental organizations in areas such as water resource management, sustainable development, waste management, recycling, marine conservation, and environmental protection. 

Earth Day is observed annually on April 22. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which started in 1970 in the U.S.  It has since evolved into a worldwide campaign to protect our environment.