by Elena Freeman
Earth Day is coming up on April 22. See below for a listing of local events scheduled to observe the 40th anniversary of this global day that has been set aside to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is a time to celebrate the Earth and to reflect on the future of our environment. What can you do, or change, in your daily life to make our planet healthier? Here’s some food (or drink?) for thought on water and the environment:
It takes about 6 gallons of water to grow a single serving of lettuce. More than 2,600 gallons is required to produce a single serving of steak. (Source: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) website)
U.S. consumption of bottled water in 1978 was 415 million gallons. By 2001 it was 5.4 billion gallons. That’s an increase of 1,300 percent, equaling about 43 billion 16-ounce plastic bottles! (Source: Water Follies: Groundwater Pumping and the Fate of America’s Fresh Waters by Robert Glennon, 2002)
Earth Day Events
Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering on the beautiful Mt. Tam Watershed! Help MMWD remove invasive periwinkle from the shoreline of Phoenix Lake. Meet at the log cabin by the lake. For more information visit www.marinwater.org or contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 945-1128.
Saturday, April 17: Friends of Corte Madera Creek will host its annual Earth Day cleanup at the Kentfield restoration project. The cleanup begins at 9:30 a.m. For information, call 457-1147.
Thursday, April 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.: “Our Local Foodshed: The Hidden Bounty of Marin.” Learn about “foodsheds.” View the award-winning, 30-minute video documentary, Hidden Bounty of Marin. Have a dialogue with local farmers, educators and locavores. Meet collaborators and find resources. This is a fundraiser for the Novato Community Garden Project. Click here for more information.
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: A community celebration with many fun, family-oriented, free activities is planned at College of Marin. There will be music, speakers, local food, art, a puppet show and more. Visit www.earthdaymarin.org.
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. to noon: The City of San Rafael is calling on volunteers to help clean up the community in honor of Earth Day. Call 458-3407 or visit www.sanrafaelvolunteers.org.
Finally, remember to mark your calendars and reserve your spots for our final Bay-Friendly workshop of the season, “Go Natives: Planting for Pollinators” coming up May 1, and for the fourth annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour on May 15.