In 1970, the first Earth Day was organized in response to a massive oil spill off of the coast of Santa Barbara, along with the alarming effects of cumulating pollution in America generally. Due to a massive public outcry, later that year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was signed into law by President Nixon.
Today, despite the many important jobs the public expects that agency to perform for our health, safety, and to try to make our part of the world better than we found it, we've seen an unprecedented recent push in D.C. to defund and hamstring that work. This Earth Day, many Americans are sending a big message that this is not what Americans want. We made these laws for a reason: we want our food to be safe to eat, water clean to drink, and air fit to breathe.
Here are the two big Earth Day events going on this weekend:
Sacramento March for Science – Saturday, April the 22, from 10 a.m. at Southside Park to 3 p.m. at the Capitol.
The march starts at Southside Park at noon and ends at the Capitol about an hour later, where there will be a rally and speakers. Show your support for science-based decision making about environmental issues, and against ideological denialism and inaction. Learn more at www.MarchForScienceSacramento.com and www.Facebook.com/events/1788453908141585.
Sacramento Earth Day – Sunday, April the 23,rd from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Southside Park.
This is Sacramento’s 47th annual Earth Day celebration, hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento. Organizations host information tables about a variety of environmental issues and causes, but there are also fun musical performances and great food! Learn more at www.Facebook.com/events/565402206993851.
There are many other fun Earth Day events going on too, though, such as:
Saturday, April the 22
Water Wonderful World – 10:30 a.m. at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Explore what lives in our local riparian ecosystems and how keeping our waterways clean benefits humans and wildlife alike. Learn more at www.CreekWeek.net/activities.html.
Arcade Creek Exploration – 10 a.m. to noon at the Del Paso Regional Park Nature Area
Curious about what lives in and around our waterways? Ask a biologist! Explore the creek zone and uncover the natural wonders in our own backyard. Learn more at www.CreekWeek.net/activities.html.
Earth Day Storytime – 10:30 a.m. at South Natomas Library
Celebrate with fun stories about the great outdoors, and make your own creations with recycled materials. Learn more at www.SacLibrary.org/events.
Earth Day Benefit Concert – Noon to 5 p.m. at Camp Pollock
Enjoy live music, along with local brews and food. Family- and dog-friendly! Learn more at www.SacramentoValleyConservancy.org/calendar-detail.asp?event_id=1493.
Sunday, April the 23
West Sacramento Earth Day Celebration – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Sacramento City Hall
Learn a few environmentally friendly gardening and cooking tips while the kids enjoy interactive activities. Learn more at www.WestSacRecycles.org.
Living In Water – 1:30 p.m. at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center
Go on a catch-and-release safari and get hands-on with water bugs and polliwogs! All ages welcome. Now, more than ever, we need to have our voices heard about the importance of protecting the environment for ourselves and for the people that come after us! Learn more at www.CreekWeek.net/activities.html.
Now, more than ever, we need to have our voices heard about the importance of protecting the environment for ourselves and for the people that come after us.