“What’s Earth Day?” My son asked this morning after I told him today was a special day.
I said it’s a day when we tell the Earth we love her.
“The Earth is a giiiirrrrllll?” he said in that ‘girls are gross’ voice he’s developed recently.
“The Earth is more like a mommy.” I explained. He smiled. He still loves his mommy.
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. Every year on this day communities band together to promote recycling, renewable energy, water conservation and other important environmental topics. I’ve always considered Eastern Iowa an environmentally conscious area, and we certainly have a number of events planned to celebrate!
Unfortunately a lot of the events happened last weekend, but if you’re looking for something do this evening or tomorrow, here is a list I’ve compiled. If you have something to add, feel free to leave a comment!
Iowa City’s Earth Day Extravaganza!
The Iowa City Public Library will hold a screening of the documentary “Global Warming: The Signs and the Science” narrated by Alanis Morissette on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 6pm – 9pm. A discussion of the film and its issues will follow. Guest speakers include Sharon Benzoni, Rich Dana, Michelle Kenyon Brown and they will be avialble to answer questions following the film. This event is sponsored by Iowa Global Warming, The Iowa City Area group of The Sierra Club, and I-Renew.
Discuss Cedar River Water Quality
How safe is the water in the Cedar River? Find out at this educational event at the Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center in Toddville. The Iowa DNR Water Monitoring Coordinator will discuss the history and future of water quality in Linn county. Cost is $2.50 per adult, $1.00 per child (16 and under) or $5 per family.
Kirkwood Iowa City Campus To Celebrate Earth Day Apr 23
Calculate your carbon footprint, check out environmental volunteer and internship opportunities, watch environmental films, enjoy the noontime BBQ, and enter several drawings for cool prizes all at the Iowa City Kirkwood Earth Day Event on April 23 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Iowa City Campus.
Kirkwood Iowa City student displays will run the environmental gamut with information on various local parks, Frisbee golf courses, biking and hiking trails, home gardening, alternative energies, a homemade solar oven (& possibly S’mores!), eco-friendly houses, recycling, water quality, organic food samples, and more. Participating city, county, and community groups include Iowa City’s Landfill and Recycling Center, Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District, New Pioneer Co-Op, Transition Ecology, and Scattergood Friends School Farm.
Great American Cleanup!
Help cleanup Interstate 380, county roads, trails and the riverfront. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. Coordinated by the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Solid Waste Agency. Register today www.litterfreelinncounty.org or call Stacie Johnson at (319) 377-5290.