Is climate change in the
environment of Planet Earth simply a theory we can affirm – or deny?
Denver’s 16-year-old Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs.
Global Warming and one of the inspiring people involved in the iMatter marches to be held across the U.S. and around
the world, May 7-14. This is a youth-inspired, youth-led call for
intergenerational justice in the face of climate change.
the iMatter March website, Loorz says that, in early May (many of the marches will be
held Sun., May 8), “We will march. The youth will rise up in our communities
and let the world know that climate change is not about money, it’s not about
power, it’s not about convenience, it is about our survival. It’s about the
future of this and every generation to come. And we
are ready to do whatever it takes to change it.”
for Global Sustainability will sponsor Denver’s iMatter/weMatter
March on May 14, beginning at noon at Cuernavaca Park (20th St. at Platte
St., north of REI – take light rail to Union Station and walk to the
park, or bike on the Platte River Greenway), gaining strength along its
two-mile route to Civic Center park, Colfax and
people will become plaintiffs in soon-to-be-announced legal and
actions against all 50 states and the federal government to force action
reduce global warming. Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez, a 10-year-old leader
Colorado-based Earth Guardian youth group overseeing the Denver march
efforts, is one of the plaintiffs.
“Our future is in jeopardy, and our Earth won’t even be worth inheriting
because of the decisions that the leaders of our country are making,”
said Roske-Martinez. “We are in a planetary crisis, and it’s
time for them to wake up and help us fight for our future.”
to be 10,000 strong for Denver’s march, young people will join with parents,
grandparents, schools, teachers, organizations, green businesses, churches and
friends in cities and communities all across the country and all around the
world. Once marchers arrive at Civic Center, speakers and live entertainment
will emphasize the importance of honestly addressing environmental and climate
crises challenging our planet.
participants include: environmental activist Johnny 5, lead singer of Denver’s
well-known band, The Flobots; Congressman Jared
Polis; Rev. Peter S. Sawtell, executive director of
Eco-Justice Ministries; Sally Ranney, co-director of
American Renewable Energy Day; and Boulder Mayor Susan Osborne.
information, or to contribute to the effort, visit imattercolorado.org.
Colorado’s burgeoning “grow local” movement takes
center stage in May when Grow Local Colorado teams with the Denver Handmade
Homemade Market for the Grow Local/HaHo May 14
Local Colorado (GLC) is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to “promoting
local food, local community and local economy.” Denver’s Handmade Homemade
Market (HaHo), is held at Green Spaces, 1368
26th St., the second Saturday of each month.
HaHo is a completely local market, showcasing
food and craft products grown and produced in Denver homes and backyards
without the high costs of commercial production. Everything offered at the
market is from a true grassroots economy, and is sold on a suggested donation
membership is required to participate in the market as a vendor or shopper,
membership is available free of charge at denverhaho.org/join-us.html.
Purchases must be made with Market Dough, sold at a 10 percent discount: $20 in
Market Dough costs $18 in U.S. currency. Bartering is also encouraged; bring
something to trade if you can.
suggested entrance fee of $5 is requested, though you will not be turned away
if you can’t make the fee. You also have the option to trade something of similar
value as your cost of entry.
GLC needs volunteers to assist with planting, maintaining and harvesting chores
in 14 vegetable garden beds they’ve established at eight Denver parks – Civic Center, Berkeley,
Observatory, Harvey, Barnum, Harvard Gulch, Huston Lake and Garfield.
coordinator Dana Miller notes, “The purpose of these gardens includes
demonstrating how beautiful edible landscaping can be, encouraging citizens to
grow food in their own gardens, and suggesting that gardeners share their
surplus with communities in need.”
year GLC donated more than 500 pounds of produce from eight gardens. “This year
we’re hoping for thousands (of pounds),” said Miller.
joining the effort for 2011 is Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The First Family’s Giving Gardens are a collaboration
between the governor’s family, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Grow Local
Colorado Campaign. Food grown in the first family’s gardens
will be used by the Governor’s Mansion kitchen staff, with the surplus
donated to The Gathering Place.
contributions are always welcome to assist with program expenses. Grow Local
Colorado is partnering with Chipotle and The Beanstalk Foundation to raise
money to support the gardens project. Chipotle has committed to doubling ing every dollar donated – two for one – so a
$25 donation can be worth $75 of seeds, seedlings and signs for veggie gardens
all over Denver. Make donations at friendsofbeanstalk.org/growlocal.
info, visit growlocalcolorado.org or denverhaho.org.