How We March for Science
On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, in Washington DC and at over 425 locations throughout the U.S. and around the world, including San Luis Obispo, a March for Science will take place.
Following a March for Science in downtown SLO, the 27th annual San Luis Obispo County Earth Day Fair will fulfill this year’s theme to Reconnect: People, Planet, Peace at El Chorro Regional Park. From 11am to 5pm, this free event, for all ages, will connect the dots between environment, science, community and action. It will bring local non-profits, student clubs, businesses, and government agencies together with the community. Each participant will share their cause, solution, or action to protect and preserve our environment, create a sustainable future and a balanced society.
Highlights of Earth Day include:
A visit by Congressman Salud Carbajal, the introduction of the Children’s Coloring Contest Winner, Mia McMullen, STEAM Trunk Tents offering hands on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and Pacific Wildlife’s screech owl, American kestrel, and the Red tail Hawk is just the beginning of a day filled with activities and fun. Look Up! Wave at the drone. We’ll be filming parts of the event. Dress up, carry a sign, this will be an opportunity to ham it up.
Starting at noon, every half hour a new 20 minute Teach In led by a notable speaker, organization or business will take place. Just to mention a few, Teach Ins will feature Dr. Ray Weymann, retired Astrophysicist talking about Climate Science, Janine Rands on Foam Free in 2018, Surf rider’s Luke Huskey on Ocean Friendly Gardens, Jeff Wade of Slow Money SLO on How to Invest Local in Small Food and Farm, Larry Kandarian on Ancient Seeds. Lindsey Collinsworth will lead an herbal plant walk around the botanical gardens at 1pm.
Learn while listening. Between powerful messages to educate and from two solar powered stages, enjoy the music of The Noach Tangeras Band, Mama Tumba, The Erin Inglish Band and other local favorites. Also performing on the stage will be Desert Coast Dance Performing Arts. Their kid’s Theater Dance group will perform a dance about the effects of the drought in California. The adult Dance Bunkai duo will perform a Tahitian inspired Warrior set to upbeat, fast drumming music. A little laughter has been added to the Earth Day with a visit from the Cal Poly Comedy Club .
Food and beverages, including beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Traveling to Earth Day:
In observance of Earth Day please carpool to Cuesta College and park in Lot 3 or ride the SLO City bus for free to Cuesta College. The Cuesta bound bus will depart from the SLO Downtown Transit Center every hour on the hour starting at 10am until 5pm; buses return on the half hour starting at 10:30am. Last bus leaves Cuesta at 5:30pm. Bicyclist can ride directly into the park.
For more information about Earth Day 2017, visit earthdayslo.org and the earthdayalliance FB page for updates.
About the logo:
Scott Kam, co-founder of Rootmental Design, created the 2017 logo design Earthday: Reconnect People + Planet + Peace. To add an element of fun Kam suggested creating a coloring contest. Children living in San Luis Obispo County, 17 years of age and younger, were eligible to submit their colored art. The winning art would be used on all official Earth Day 2017 promotional materials. The winner, Mia McMullen, age 14 of Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande was announced in March. (See photo) She will be recognized and awarded the winner’s prize at Earth Day.
About the theme: People. Planet. Peace, expresses the importance of people reconnecting with the earth, each other and taking action. Although the theme was selected in December 2016, it’s quite timely, considering the current administration’s decision to dismantle the EPA. Established by President Nixon on December 2, 1970 following the first Earth Day in April of that same year, the EPA was to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. Since its inception, EPA had been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Questions about this event, call (805) 544-8529.