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Rally the Vail Valley troops this Earth Day

Cassie Pence
Greener Pastures
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado –Leading up to Earth Day, which is Thursday, there’s always a lot of chatter about simple things you can do to help the environment. Many people pledge an action, whether it’s to use canvas bags at the grocery store or to ride a bike instead of driving.

A personal commitment is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. It’s one small step in your daily life, but together, a huge step for the health of our planet and its people. For this Earth Day, however, I have an additional idea.

Make your change, write it down on a piece of paper, place it in your pocket, and then head out of your home and into the community to talk about it at an Earth Day event. There’s power in numbers, and what better way to show your support for the environment and meet others who share in your passion than at a fun event.

After all, the original Earth Day 40 years ago was all about rallying the troops in support of our planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment.

“Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values,” writes the Earth Day Network. Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, initiated the gathering “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.” “It was a gamble,” he recalls, “but it worked.”

Following are several local Earth Day happenings. Go to one, go to several, go to be social, go to have fun, but absolutely go to plant the “seed” that the Earth is important. We only have one – let’s celebrate it and protect it.

The Bookworm of Edwards, along with the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, presents an Acoustic Green Drinks on Earth Day Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Once a month around the world, people who are into the environment meet at bookstores, bars and restaurants for informal gatherings called Green Drinks to rap about the planet (and catch up with friends.) This is a very special open mic Green Drinks, and local musicians and performers are invited to bring their guitars, bongos, flutes or poems to share. Sign up starts at 5:30 p.m., and The Bookworm will also serve free organic appetizers, $3 organic beer and $4 YB Wines, crafted from 100 percent organic hand-picked grapes. For more information, visit http://www.bookwormofedwards.com or call 970-926-7323.

Buckle your sea-worthy thinking caps and build a life-size boat out of trash, recycling, scraps and found objects for town of Gypsum’s first ever Trash ‘n’ Splash Earth Day celebration Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The vessels will be tested in the Gypsum Recreation Pool, and winners will receive cash prizes. The event will also host activities and an Earth Expo. For more information or to register your boat, call 970-777-8888.

The Eagle Valley Library District is hosting an on-going Earth Day film series showing free movies about the environment and sustainability. On April 28 at 6 p.m., Avon Public Library will screen “The Cove,” a documentary that embarks on a secret operation to Japan to stop the killing of dolphins. For more information on the series, visit http://www.evld.org.

The Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability (EVAS), Gore Range Natural Science School and KZYR -the good folks behind Party for the Planet – understand that mountain weather in April is a bit dicey, so they’ve moved their Earth Day party to May 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when people can enjoy our environment outside at Brush Creek Park. The mission for Party for the Planet is to entertain, educate and engage valley residents with a sustainable vision for our community. Attendees are encouraged to walk, board, bike and skate to the party carrying your favorite reusable beer or water mug. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company will pour its suds. There will be live music by Hardscrabble and Frogs Gone Fishin’, and kids can choose from many activities, including a bike obstacle course, hula-hoops, recycling relay, worm eating and three-legged races. A recycled art exhibit will be on display, as well as yoga taught by Yoga off Broadway and martial arts taught by Inyodo. Talk “eco” with vendors and rounding out the education portion of the event will be nature walks and workshops on composting, water bugs, wetlands and good riddance to GMO’s 101. For more information, contact the EVAS at info@eaglevalleyalliance.org.

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. She is interested in hearing your company’s sustainable success stories. Contact her at cassie@organichousekeepers.com.

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