Under the threat of nasty weather, a few of the Tarrant County Greens participated in the Cowtown Cleanup on April 1. They met at the historic North Side High School at 8 a.m. with other local groups to pick up litter in the surrounding neighborhood and to capture as much recyclable material as possible.
Several student groups from North Side, including a faculty sponsor and some parents, covered the neighborhood wearing their orange t-shirts donated by local event sponsors.
Other groups joined as well, including a local church group and a college sorority. Dozens of bags were collected, about 90% of which was recyclable.
Following the 3-hour cleanup, all Cleanup groups throughout Fort Worth met at the beautiful Fort Worth Water Garden for the annual Earth Party. There was plenty of food, music, and fun, including local vendors and organizations meeting with the crowd under tents, signing people up for their various causes. The Green Party members mingled with the crowd to pass out flyers and introduce themselves to local residents.
The event was well-attended after the morning clouds had dissipated. Well over one thousand people were in attendance. Green Party participants discussed the need of having their own booth next year, saying, "This is perfectly in line with our key values as an organization. Where else in Fort Worth can we find over a thousand local residents in one place who are there because they care about the environment!"