PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The City of Portland celebrated Earth Day by showing off some of the organizations helping to keep the city green.
Despite the wet and windy conditions, The city held an Urban Earth Day celebration in Monument Square. It featured representatives from many of the local non-profits and environmental organizations. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, and is often recognized as the beginning of the environmental movement. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan says since then, there has been a major increase in the number of groups working to protect the planet.
"There has been a growth not only in environmental activism, but in the number of organizations that are dedicated solely to not only the purpose of protecting the environment, making the environment better, and working at both a grassroots level, at a citywide level, and a national level," Mayor Brennan said. "So I'm very excited to be here today to see all these organizations, to support all these organizations that are working to protect the environment."
The event was also sponsored by MENSKMaine, an organization that supports creative and sustainable projects.