This April, people across the globe will be celebrating the planet on which they reside. Tucsonans will be no exception, even if they are celebrating a little early. This year, to celebrate Earth Day 2009, Tucson will be hosting their 15th Annual Earth Day Festival. This event will take place at Reid Park on Saturday April 4th, from approximately 9 am and going until at least mid-late afternoon. Reid Park is located a bit north of 22nd St., near Country Club Rd.
Earth Day is commonly considered to be April 22nd, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Some people celebrate during Spring Equinnox. To be accurate, the early Earth Days were held in late March. Whatever day you choose to celebrate, early-Spring is universally considered to be the time to do it.
You can sign up and march in the “All Species” parade, pets welcome, and even build your own float out of any non-motorized means you have. There will be a showing of alternate-fuel powered vehicles, as well as a solar model car competition. The students from the Utterback school jazz band will perform lively musical pieces throughout the Festival. Also of musical interest, Batucaxé (I believe it is pronounced:bah-tu-ka-shay) will perform various dance and drum pieces. This performing arts troupe will be performing both on stage at the Festival, and as the Parade Leaders.
Numerous exhibits will showcase different methods and theories on water conservation, energy awareness, and the importance of wildlife preserves and sanctuaries. Don’t forget to enter the “Clean Air” anti-pollution poster-making contest; the winner’s artwork will be displayed publicly! Are you interested in going, but worried you’ll get too hungry to stay all day? Don’t be. You can bring your own lunch to picnic with, and there are plenty of food vendors to satisfy any pesky hunger pangs you may experience during this fun-filled festival.
There is plenty to see and do for kids and adults alike at this wonderful and informative event, so come and join citizens from all over the Old Pueblo in celebrating Earth Day a little early at Reid Park!
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Also in Tucson this April, a public forum for discourse and education is being held to discuss the state of our climate. This ‘spotlight on climate’ event is one of 10 throughout the country that are striving to focus on climate change, and the realities we all face in regards to that. The discussion will take place on April 22nd in the Main Ballroom of the Student Union on the University of Arizona campus, and is encouraged to be used as a think-tank of sorts. Local citizens and elected officials can openly discuss the need for future climate planning and improvement.
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