Ask Eartha: Earth Hour, Save Our Snow both promote environmental awareness in Summit County
I know that Earth Day is in April, but are there other environmental awareness days in the spring where we can raise awareness in our community and take action for change? — Jen M., Breckenridge
I’m so happy that you asked about environmental awareness days in the spring, Jen, because there are two wonderful events coming up on Saturday, March 28, that do just that! While Earth Day is the official celebration of the modern environmental movement, there are many spin-offs that focus on particular topics and issues related to the environment and conservation. Some events focus on local issues and some are more national or international in scale. Regardless, you can still participate in a variety of ways and make your voice heard.
The first event on March 28 is the Save our Snow Celebration at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Now in its seventh year, the Save our Snow event’s theme this year is “Power to Save the Powder” and exhibits the sustainability initiatives of A-Basin and green partners Patagonia, Snowriders International, Summit Soap and Clifbar. The event also showcases products from Never Summer Snowboards, Meier Skis, Faction Skis, Skilogik Skis, Albritton Skis and Unity Snowboards. You can demo skis and snowboards by making a donation to the event’s beneficiary, the High Country Conservation Center. Live music from the Big Onion takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the base area. There will be a silent auction and prize drawing at 2 p.m. Come and rub elbows with A-Basin’s Green Team and learn how the ski area is taking the initiative to reduce their waste, greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and more. Staff from the High Country Conservation Center will also be on hand to answer questions and be a resource for those looking to become more involved in conservation in Summit County.
The second event on March 28 is Earth Hour. Join millions of people around the world who participate from 8:30–9:30 p.m. local time in raising awareness for climate change by cutting the lights and harnessing the power of the masses. This year, join HC3 at Foote’s Rest in Frisco for a bonfire, libations, s’mores and general good company as we turn off the lights and recognize the importance of conserving our resources for future generations. While Earth Hour is a specific event, its impact is felt worldwide by 162 nations and over 7,000 cities, towns and municipalities. Projects that have spun off of Earth Hour include “Lights Off for the Reef” in Australia, “Blue Sky” pollution awareness in China, “Stop the Killing” wildlife campaign in Singapore, youth movements to reduce carbon emissions in Indonesia, high-efficiency cooking stoves in Madagascar, endangered species protection in Russia, and a ban on plastic bags in Ecuador to name a few. If you can’t come out to Foote’s Rest on Saturday, consider turning off your lights and electronics from 8:30–9:30 p.m. to better understand that reducing your energy consumption can have a global impact on our environment.
Save our Snow and Earth Hour are just two of many opportunities for you to take action in your community. If you can’t make these events, consider a donation to a local nonprofit in support of their community efforts. Volunteer your time for a cause you care about. Organize an event, write a letter to the editor of your local paper, or weigh in to your state representative on an issue that is important to you. Whatever you do, don’t rely on other people to do it for you. Don’t put it off for another day. Stand up and make your voice heard for a better future. Chances are that someone is listening.
To make it easier for you, I’ve listed the contacts for our U.S. congressman and Colorado state representative for Summit County. For more information on how to contact your representatives, visit the take action section of http://www.highcountryconservation.org.
2015 U.S. House of Representatives
Jared Polis, Congressman
Visit https://polis.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/ to submit an email
2015 Colorado General Assembly
Mille Hamner, State Representative
Ask Eartha Steward is written by the staff at the High Country Conservation Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to waste reduction and resource conservation. Submit questions to Eartha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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