Miami-Dade County celebrates Earth Day by cleaning up and planting in Crandon Park – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There’s still time to offset some of the impacts of heavy industry and pollution, it’s part of the message behind Earth Day.

This year, Miami-Dade officials have focused on Crandon Park, an area that serves not only as wildlife habitat but also as a barrier island.

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“In the future, I hope everyone will clean up and I won’t see any pollution in the water,” said Charlotte Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is only 8 years old, but it’s crystal clear that waste needs to be disposed of properly. “I really hope there is nothing under this water that can pollute it.”

She joined her mother on the beach as part of the county event where volunteers picked up trash. “The animals could die because the grass could die, because of the waste they could eat it and they don’t know any better,” she explained.

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The volunteers have also planted sea oats on the shore, this helps anchor the soil and lessen the impact of strong winds.

“When we have parks, we have the possibility of water flowing in different directions, Maria Nardi, director of parks, recreation and open spaces for Miami-Dade County.

Maintaining green spaces and parks like Crandon protects residents from major storms and plays a vital role in preserving the earth. “We are the green ribbon that wraps around the whole city, that mitigates flooding, that provides places to go for water,” she added.

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As a reminder, Earth Day can be any day, Gonzalez pointed out for people to do their part, “People can always clean up the trash.”

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