Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s “Leaders Against Litter” event to take place on March 23
On Friday, March 23, hundreds of community, business and political leaders will stand in unity for a cleaner and greener Louisiana by participating in Keep Louisiana Beautiful’s signature event, Leaders Against Litter. Now in its fifth year, Leaders Against Litter is designed to educate and engage leaders state-wide in support of a litter-free Louisiana.
Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has spearheaded the initiative by inviting more than 2,000 community, business and political leaders throughout the state to one of the 27 local events to be held throughout the state on this date. Local events, organized by Keep Louisiana Beautiful affiliate organizations, will be two-fold: a morning litter clean-up event followed by a signing of the litter pledge to “Stand Up, Pick Up and Stand Up” for a litter-free Louisiana.
Following the morning’s events throughout the state, a press conference will be held at 2pm at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge. Secretaries from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Transportation and Development will join with Keep Louisiana Beautiful Executive Director Susan Russell, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain, and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser in a public show of unity for a litter-free Louisiana.
“It is critical for our leaders to be aware of the direct and indirect costs that litter has on Louisiana, and this event helps to communicate those points on a public platform,” explains Susan Russell, KLB Executive Director.
The day will end with leaders calling community volunteers to join the effort by participating in the Great American Cleanup season running from March to May. During this time, KLB affiliates will conduct cleanup and beautification projects throughout the state, working to remove litter from roadways, waterways, parks and green spaces; beautify public areas with fresh paint and graffiti removal; weed and mulch gardens; and collect recyclables and hazardous waste, resulting in more beautiful local communities. To get involved, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org.
Participating parishes and cities include - Abbeville, Baton Rouge, Calcasieu, Covington, DeRidder, East Feliciana, Eunice, Hammond, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Lincoln, Madisonville, Mandeville, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Ouachita, Shreveport, Slidell, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Union, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
Contributed by Keep Louisiana Beautiful