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Celebrate sustainability under the ‘SuperMoon’ Saturday

Cassie Pence
newsroom@vaildaily.com
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyCassie Pence
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On Saturday, the moon will hit its closet point to earth in its elliptical orbit and emerge as a “SuperMoon” in the sky.

It’s a good night for evening recreation, and you can enjoy the big show during a 5K charity snowshoe race in Cordillera. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, a non-profit dedicated to making our community greener.

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Alliance, they are the good people who first launched Eagle County’s recycling program – now run by the county. Next, the Alliance is hoping to step the county closer to a commercial composting facility, and through their Energy Smart Business Program, the Alliance is assisting small- and medium-sized businesses in Eagle County cut their energy use. The program’s goal is to save energy and provide energy efficiency expertise to business owners or managers.

In the coming months, you can expect to see Alliance programs also focused on food sustainability and the resurgence of Green Drinks. Green Drinks is when people who care about the environment get together once a month to drink and chat and maybe even plan the happy future.

But enough about the Alliance, what about that SuperMoon?

The phrase “SuperMoon” is coined by astrologer Richard Nolle. He describes it on his Web site (www.astropro.com) as: “A new or full moon that occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.” In short he writes, “Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.” It can happen from a few times to a half-dozen times a year.

The SuperMoon, this Saturday, is attracting a lot of attention for two reasons.

According to some sky gazers, the moon will not only hit its closet point to earth in its elliptical orbit, but it will sweep closer to Earth than it has been in 18 years. (Nolle disagrees with the 18 years part.)

SuperMoon also brings up possible connections to the earthquake in Japan, which is why the recent media coverage. SuperMoons – that special alignment mentioned above – are noteworthy because of their close association with extreme tidal forces, affecting earth’s crust, oceans, and its human inhabitants, like you and me.

“From extreme coastal tides to severe storms to powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the entire natural world surges and spasms under the sway of the SuperMoon alignment,” writes Nolle.

Nolle sites plenty of SuperMoon connections to major storms and seismic events in his book “Interpreting Astrology (published by the American Federation of Astrologers.) A recent connection is Hurricane Katrina. Nolle says it spawned from a tropical depression formed within three days of the Aug. 19, 2005 SuperMoon.

But some scientists disagree with the most recent earthquake, saying the oncoming SuperMoon and Japan’s earthquake are not connected.

So whether it’s a SuperMoon or a SuperDuper Super Moon (closest to earth in 18 years), I don’t want to miss it. I can’t think of a better way to spend it than doing the SuperMoon Shuffle: snowshoeing up in Cordillera, sipping hot chocolate and raising money for a greener community. See you there.

Freelance writer Cassie Pence is passionate about living a more sustainable lifestyle. She and her husband, Captain Vacuum, own Organic Housekeepers, a green cleaning company. Contact her at cassie@organichousekeepers.com.


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