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Bay County Celebrates Earth Day in Panama City

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Green was the theme in Downtown Panama City Saturday afternoon as hundreds of people got together to celebrate the area's natural resources and beauty.

Bay County Commissioners declared Saturday "Earth Day" to bring focus to the environment.

"Earth day was sort of the culmination of a whole lot of years and whole lot of people trying to bring attention to the fact that we were destroying the environment we are living in," said Henry Lawrence, co-chairman of the Bay County Earth Day event.

Enthusiasts set up displays at McKenzie Park to show community members some of the many ways they can help keep Bay County beautiful.

But, Lawrence said sometimes it's the simple things that make the biggest difference.

"We need to be more givers and less takers, and that's what's happened. We've created this taking kind of society, and we need to learn to be givers again and learn to give back," said Lawrence.

Former President Gerald Ford established Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970. More than a billion people across the world are expected to observe Earth Day this year.