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
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.);
High School, (E. Colfax Ave. at Josephine
St.). See list of acceptable items: denvergov.org/kdb.
large rigid plastic household items on April 6, 9a.m.-2p.m., as well, at four
Thomas Park (26th Ave. & Quebec St.); East High School; North
High School (W. 32nd and Clay St.); and Cherry Creek Transfer Station.
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.
information: visit denvergov.org/denverrecycles.
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
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:
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.).
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.
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.
Digs Trees is a program of The Park People. Info: theparkpeople.org, 303-722-6262.
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.
for 5K: runningguru.com. Advance prices:
$30/adults, $15/kids (12 and under), $25 seniors (age
60+). All prices increase $5 on event day.
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.
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.
accepted: air conditioners, large appliances, vacuum cleaners, car batteries or
household batteries (rechargeable batteries are okay).
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
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.
call Pat Lovett, 720-529-5941.