Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day tonight in Silverthorne | SummitDaily.com

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day tonight in Silverthorne

SUMMIT COUNTY – If you’re looking for ways to get a little greener, head to the Silverthorne Pavilion tonight for Summit County’s annual Earth Day Action Fair.

The event will showcase more than 25 organizations and businesses, all providing products, education and services dedicated to sustainability. High Country Conservation Center staff will be on hand to answer questions and give advice on everything from energy efficiency to recycling to sustainable food.

“It’s going to be very cool for people who have questions or want to learn more,” Conservation Center executive director Jennifer Santry said. “Even if you’re only able to stop by for 15 or 20 minutes, it’s totally worth the time.”

The first Earth Day, organized in 1970, had 20 million participants, all calling on the U.S. government for stronger environmental protections. The event is considered by many to have launched the modern environmental movement, as it catalyzed the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of a number of national environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Earth Day now boasts the participation of more than 1 billion people in 190 countries, according to Earth Day Network.

“It seems like it gets more and more popular every year,” Santry said of Summit County’s Earth Day celebration. “Overall, it’s grown so much that we had to move it to the Silverthorne Pavilion.”

In past years, the event has been held in much smaller venues. This year’s celebration will include live music, snacks, a cash bar with beer from New Belgium Brewing, children’s activities and solar energy demonstrations.

“Over 75 percent of all our lyrics, vocals and solos are post-consumer recycled material, making for a very green performance,” said local musician Moose Bednarski, who will perform at the event.

Those who travel to the Pavilion in by bus, carpool, foot or bike will have a chance to win prizes.

Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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