TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — “On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate on behalf of a healthy, sustainable environment. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people from 141 nations participating. Earth Day is now widely celebrated around the world as a collective expression of public will to create a sustainable society and inspires changes that bring ongoing benefits to the community.” — Earth Day Network
The 2014 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival will once again return to Squaw Valley Saturday, April 19, one of the largest environmental education events in the area.
The goal of the Earth Day Festival — a volunteer run, nonprofit event — is to recognize, celebrate and promote the region’s unique beauty and educate the public regarding how to preserve and protect local and global natural resources.
The free community event will take place in The Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone will have an opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy.
At a diverse array of earth-friendly booths, participants can get dirty in the “composting zone,” explore new ways to recycle, learn about solar energy, and check out the “EarthCapades” — a series of environmental presentations designed to teach viewers ways to protect and preserve Earth’s natural resources.
The event also boasts live music, raffle prizes, a dance presentation, “Trashion” show, and free community recycling event to collect old or used household batteries.
The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is free to the public. T.A.R.T. will offer free return bus services from the festival to North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.
The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Foundation is also working to increase the effort around solid waste management and will continue to work toward its goal of hosting a zero waste and carbon neutral event. Food and biodegradable waste will be collected by volunteers and Incline Village General Improvement District’s (IVGID) Waste Not to be composted.
In addition, all food vendors will use biodegradable take-out containers.
Past events have yielded up to a 95 percent diversion from landfill.
The North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day festival is hosted primarily by Tahoe Earth Day Foundation volunteers with the support of nonprofits, local agencies, businesses and dedicated supporters.
Helping the Wild
Helping the Wild started in November 2012 by 8-year-old elementary student Siena Lopez. Today there are 32 students who create wildlife artwork to bring awareness to threatened and endangered wildlife. The theme guiding their work is “For in the end we will conserve only what we love, We will love only what we understand, We will understand only what we are taught.” — B. Dioum
Helping the Wild, a program of Trails & Vistas, will have hands-on crafts at the Earth Day celebration. Attendees can learn more about the 10th anniversary art hike.
For more information on the Earth Day Festival and a full schedule of events, visit tahoetruckeeearthday.com.