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Button up your Earth Day pantsuit

EARTHA STEWARDspecial to the daily

It’s that time of year again, when communities across the nation participate in activities ranging from nominally earthy to extremely earthy celebrations in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. In the Spring of 1970, when my mom was sporting a flower her in hair and a “disco sucks” tank top, Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin created Earth Day as a way to “force this issue onto the national agenda.” That year, 20 million American flooded the streets and demanded environmental accountability from leaders in Washington. Since then, annual Earth Day celebrations have mobilized people throughout the world to demonstrate for a more healthy and sustainable environment. If you choose to button up your Earth Day pantsuit each and every day … all the more power to you. Here at the Conservation Center, we encourage everyone to practice treading lightly all year round. For those of you Earth Day critics in need of a few good reasons to join the forces and make some extra noise during earth week, here you go: Earth Day events, specifically the Earth Day Action Fair, are fun, informative, and will be sure to make you crave your car less and vegan cupcakes more. And for those of us who have a particular dislike for vegan cupcakes, these celebratory and educational events help raise environmental awareness for folks who have yet to tune in. Plus, there’s plenty we have to learn from one another. Kick off your own Earth Week observance next Monday with “Creating the (first) LEED Platinum Living Homes: High Design; Low Impact” spring luncheon at the Senior & Community Center in Frisco from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Tuesday, April 20, join an Earth Week showing of “Food, Inc.” and food panel Discussion at the CMC auditorium in Breckenridge at 6:45 p.m. On Wednesday, April 21, attend the “pharmaceuticals and personal care products” Summit Speaker Series also at the CMC Auditorium in Breckenridge at 6 p.m. And last but not least, on Earth Day, April 22, celebrate the 40th anniversary in style at the Earth Day Action Fair at the Silverthorne Pavilion from 6-8:30 p.m., where you can come learn about simple and effective actions you can take to reduce your impact. The celebration includes demonstrations, booths, music, cash bar, and good ol’ family fun. For more information about Earth Day activities, visit our website at http://www.highcountryconservation.org.Whether you choose to start small with your eco-actions during Earth Week or go big all year round, we thank you for all you do to make our mountain community a cleaner, greener place to live. Eartha Steward is written by Jennifer Santry and Erin Makowsky, consultants on all things eco and chic at the High Country Conservation Center, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community. Eartha believes that you can walk gently on our planet, even if you’re wearing stylish shoes.Submit questions to Eartha at eartha@highcountryconservation.org or to High Country Conservation Center, PO Box 4506, Frisco, CO 80443.

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