Friday, April 20, 2012

Litter Sweep & Earth Day

Tomorrow Ocracoke residents & friends of the island will gather at the schoolhouse at 10 am to participate in the annual Litter Sweep. Ocracoke's first organized Litter Pickup was in 1974 (you can read more about that here:

This year the Litter Sweep is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and will last from 10 am to 12 noon. At the school volunteers can pick up supplies such as orange trash bags, blue bags (for items to be recycled), orange safety vests and gloves.

You can read more here:

We hope you will join a large group tomorrow to help clean up our roadways!

Sunday is the 42th annual Earth Day. Wherever you are we hope you will make every effort to celebrate and protect this beautiful planet, our home in a vast and awesome universe. Whether it is the beach, ocean, and sound...the mountains...farmland...or any other aspect of nature, we protect the earth because it sustains and nourishes us. You can read more here: .

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here:


  1. Anonymous8:53 AM

    The NC Department of Transportation is sponsoring the litter sweep! Sweet. Maybe more NCDOT "lost" signs will be discovered in the shrubury. If people really are concerned about litter, picking up trash on a woods walk should be a rote habit

  2. I agree with anon 8:53. We always picked up any litter we came across. In the early years, 1989 and into the 90's, we actually saw very little litter.

  3. Anonymous10:17 AM

    This is a wonderful community/guest activity for Earth Day. I agree with the above...everyday should be ED especially on O. We've trained ourselves to keep a box of garbage bags in the car and come back with whatever we could find. After Irene last year we found some crazy stuff! SueM

  4. Anonymous7:45 AM

    Think of the most beautiful place you have ever seen.
    Now imagine...everything was once this beautiful.
    It is never too soon to start to make a difference...
    For we never know how soon it will be too late.