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QC Earth Coalition Launches

Hoping to better protect the environment and promote environmental education, some local groups have formed the Quad Cities Earth Coalition. 

The 17 departments, agencies, and organizations used to belong to the Earthweek Coalition, and put on the annual Earthweek Fair. But after ten years, Robbin Dunn, from the Davenport Department of Public Works, says they wanted to do more.

"A lot of us were kind of disconnected because all of our focus really was just on planning the Earthweek Fair. So while we were really good at doing that together, we were still missing out on some networking opportunities."

During their strategic planning, Dunn says people told them they needed to work together and become the "one stop shop" for environmental education and events in the Quad Cities.  

"You can make simple changes like picking up a piece of litter you walk by, to making actual commitments to a friends group, and doing some improvements at a local wetland, and getting people the information they need to make informed choices."

The Quad Cities Earth Coalition launched a new website this week, qcearth.org.

Among the many events on its calendar for the coming weeks are nature hikes, children's activities, making maple syrup, the annual QCCA Flower and Garden Show, and this year's Environmental Film Fest.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.