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Porter celebrates Earth Day, announces tree sapling giveaway

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State Rep. Gregory W. Porter (D-Indianapolis) released the following statement in celebration of Earth Day: 

“Earth Day is our annual reminder of the beauty and importance of our planet. As an Indianapolis native, I understand how important nature is to our well-being. Access to trails, parks and other outdoor facilities are vital to Hoosier’s quality of place and health. A 10-minute walk in the park is shown to significantly improve your mental health. There are a lot of pressing environmental issues facing our world, our nation, our state and the City of Indianapolis. 

“Being environmentally conscious is vital for our future. It’s about stewardship and preserving the planet for our children, grandchildren and their children. We have to be cognizant of our actions, so we leave our surroundings better than how we inherited them. I believe any environmental act helps, big or small. A small action like cleaning up trash is just as instrumental as urging businesses to engage in sustainable practices. I hope this Earth Day reminds all of us to be strong advocates for our planet.” 

As part of local Earth Day festivities, Rep. Porter will be giving away 300 tree saplings on Saturday, May 4. The event will be held at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market (6001 N Rural St, Indianapolis, IN) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Multiple varieties will be offered,  including Bald Cypress, Oak, Black Walnut, Chestnut, Norway Spruce, Pawpaw, Persimmon, Red Oak and Sycamore. The saplings are first-come, first-served and are limited to one per family

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