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Make Every Day, Earth Day: Forums, Film And Festivals | Print |  E-mail

by Ed Schott

It has been 43 years since Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson proposed a national teach-in taking up environmental issues to shine a light on challenges facing our planet and its beings, and to demand action from our governmental representatives.

Decades later, as we approach Earth Day 2013 our challenges have never been greater. Events will take place throughout the month honoring the planet, with the goal of again bringing attention to imminent environmental threats and stimulating a more vigorous local and national dialogue.

The Great American Cleanup offers convenient disposal of home and yard waste at locations across Denver on Sat., April 6, 9a.m.-2p.m. NO televisions, tires, hazardous waste, auto parts, or appliances with freon. Goodwill Industries will collect reusable items. Close-in drop-off sites: Cherry Creek Transfer Station, (S. Quebec St. and E. Jewell Ave.); and East High School, (E. Colfax Ave. at Josephine St.). See list of acceptable items: denvergov.org/kdb.

Recycle large rigid plastic household items on April 6, 9a.m.-2p.m., as well, at four locations: Fred Thomas Park (26th Ave. & Quebec St.); East High School; North High School (W. 32nd and Clay St.); and Cherry Creek Transfer Station.

Acceptable items include: plastic outdoor furniture; empty plastic buckets (5-gallon or larger, no metal handles); rigid plastic kids toys; laundry baskets; storage containers; garbage cans and diaper pails; plastic pet carriers and litter boxes; plastic soda and milk crates; and plastic shelving.

For information: visit denvergov.org/denverrecycles.

The University of Denver will host a number of Love Your Mother events on the Driscoll Bridge spanning E. Evans Ave., Mon.-Thur., April 15-18, 10a.m.-4p.m. The following day, April 19, volunteer for Metro CareRing, one of Denver’s largest food pantries. Gary Brower will co-ordinate a group to work 9a.m.-noon. Info: email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

As part of a national day of action focused around political corruption and climate stalemate, join a nationwide screening of the powerful film The Island President, April 17, 5p.m., in DU’s Sturm Hall, Davis Auditorium, 2000 E. Asbury Ave. Free and open to all. Information: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

As one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The Island President links the struggle for democracy and human rights with the fight to stabilize the climate. Screening will be followed by a live webinar with former UN Deputy Permanent Representative to the Maldives, Thilmeeza Hussain and executive director and cofounder of 350.org, May Boeve.

Replenish our urban canopy with low-cost shade, ornamental and fruit trees at the Denver Digs TreesEarth Day Tree Sale, Sat., April 20, 9a.m.-noon., at Sloan’s Lake (entrance on W. Byron Pl. between Wolff St. & Winona Ct.) and City Park Greenhouse (2500 E. 23rd Ave.).

Fruit tree options include: Honeycrisp Apple, Stanley Plum, Montmorency Cherry and Red Haven Peach. Shade and ornamental trees: Artistocrat Pear, Norwegian Sunset Maple and Spring Snow Crabapple. Prices: $45 for bare-root stock and $65 for balled-and-burlapped or container trees.

Trees purchased through the Denver Digs Trees Earth Day Tree Sale must be planted on private property. Proceeds support the annual distribution of hundreds of free street trees to Denver residents.

Denver Digs Trees is a program of The Park People. Info: theparkpeople.org, 303-722-6262.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership and Bluff Lake Nature Center are teaming up to put on the Race for Open Space 5K Walk/Run, Sat., April 20, 9a.m. The day’s events include a Kids Fun Run and an Earth Day Festival featuring live music, food trucks, environmental crafts and games, and a live raptor presentation; $5 suggested donation for festival.

The beautiful 5K course will wind along Sand Creek through Denver and Aurora. The race begins and ends at Bluff Lake, 3400 Havana Way.

Register for 5K: runningguru.com. Advance prices: $30/adults, $15/kids (12 and under), $25 seniors (age 60+). All prices increase $5 on event day.

Denver Department of Environmental Health will host an Earth Day Fair in the City and County Building plaza, 1437 Bannock St., on Mon., April 22, from 10a.m.-2p.m. Planners promise a zero waste event showcasing the latest in near-zero-emissions electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles; and information on local food production, solar power and numerous companies that practice or provide environmentally-friendly and sustainable services and products. As a bonus: visit a junk-mail reduction station, a free yoga class and some of Denver’s favorite food trucks on site to satisfy your appetite. 

In case of rain, the Earth Day Fair will move inside to the Wellington Webb Municipal Building atrium, 201 W. Colfax Ave. Info: denvergov.org/earthday.

Welcome to the Environment and Sustainability – learn more at the next Social Forum, Wed., April 24 at the Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., 6-9p.m. Join an expert panel discussing issues critical to the health of Planet Earth and our community. Free and open to all. Information: Roya, 720-771-7400.

Recycle old electronics at a Denver Recycles Eco-rally on Sat., April 27, at University of Denver. You must make an appointment, 9a.m.-3p.m. Reserve a time at denvergov.org/ecorally.

Accepted: televisions, monitors, CPUs, laptops, printers, scanners, faxes, keyboards, mice, stereos, hard drives and storage devices, cellular phones, telephones, DVRs, VCRs, digital cameras, video recorders, MP3 players, wires, cables and some small appliances – i.e. microwaves.

Not accepted: air conditioners, large appliances, vacuum cleaners, car batteries or household batteries (rechargeable batteries are okay).

Bring recyclable electronics to the parking lot just north of Buchtel Blvd. and S. Josephine St. The $5/vehicle fee covers two “screens” (televisions, monitors or laptops) and all other peripheral items. Extra screens, $5 each. No commercial devices.

While you’re in recycling mode, shred sensitive documents at University Neighbors Shred-a-thon, Sat., April 27, 9a.m.-noon, at Asbury Elementary School, 1320 E. Asbury Ave. Household and business records welcome for $5/bunch donation, boxed optional. Proceeds benefit community projects of University Neighbors, a registered neighborhood organization. Vinyl or plastic products as well as electronic media must be removed from the paper to be shredded.

Info: call Pat Lovett, 720-529-5941.

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