Earth Day in 2018 is technically celebrated on Sunday, April 22nd and carries a significant meaning for organizers of Earth Day-related events and earth-savvy civilians.
“Together we can show progress and commitment to climate change action while strengthening our community to reach a 100 percent clean energy future,” said Colorado Earth Day organizer Thomas Riggle, in a release. “When members and leaders of the community are willing to stand up against the environmental injustices imposed by the federal government, Colorado can emerge as a leader in environmental protection and climate action.”
With policies that are not favoring environment-friendly regulation, many believe that Earth Day is as much an opportunity to make their voices heard on environmental issues, as is it to celebrate Mother Earth.
“We’re at a point where you either continue to turn a blind eye at scientific data to further your own interests, or you accept the fact that the climate is changing for the worse, the Earth is dying and we have to do something and then some to right the ship,” said Stacy Hancock, a student of environmental sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
This weekend presents a busy one for the Denver Metro area with Earth Day patrons coming out in droves to the Civic Center and beyond. With Earth Day falling on the weekend, several municipalities and communities, as well as businesses, are throwing their own celebrations of Mother Earth in a variety of ways.
Denver: Colorado Earth Day Celebration 2018
The Colorado Earth Day Celebration in Denver is expected to be the largest of the metro area’s Earth Day activities. Organized by the Sierra Club, the event will begin at 9 a.m. at Civic Center Park in Denver.
An opening ceremony by the Four Winds Native American Council will kick things off and patrons will delight in activities like yoga, live music by The Broadcast, a beer garden, a children’s zone and guest speakers including Colorado State Representative Joseph Salazar and Olympic gold medalist and coach Justin Reiter.
Cherry Creek Trail Clean-up
Just a few miles west of the Civic Center, LoDo Cares will host an Earth Day kickoff event by leading efforts to clean up one of Downtown Denver’s most commuted trails. Participants will be armed with gloves, tools and clean-up materials as they volunteer to remove trash and debris from the walking and biking paths along Cherry Creek.
“It’s a great way to do more with Earth Day rather than just, you know, acknowledging its presence,” said Ralph Warren, 27, of Denver. “I volunteered last year with a group from church to pick up trash at the Aurora Reservoir, it was a good experience.”
Though a volunteer event, attendees will need to sign a waiver. Waivers are available at lodo.org or will be present at the clean up site. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Downtown Playground on Wewatta Street and Cherry Creek Trail.
Earth Day Dig In
RiNo’s own Infinite Monkey Theorem is partnering with Slow Food Denver to stage their Earthy Day celebration at The Infinite Monkey Theorem on 3200 Larimer St., in Denver.
Activities for the event will include a screening of “Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save our Seeds” and guest speaker John Coykendall. Ticketholders will also be able to participate in seed art, write a letter to a local representative at the “take action” table, watch a seed-saving demonstration from Seeds Trust and purchase items from the Slow Food yard sale.
Tickets also include a lunch featuring traditional and vegetarian Camellia Brand red beans and rice as well as bread from the Rocky Mountain Bakehouse. Ice Cream from Frozen Matter will be available as will a drink ticket from the Infinite Monkey Theorem and TeaKoe.
The event begins on Sunday at 11 a.m. and tickets are $25 per person. To purchase tickets go to www.eventbrite.com/earth-day-dig-in.