View Mobile Site

Ask the Expert

Signal Photos


SCV prepares for Earth Day events

Activists want participants to get involved with the movement and ‘Think locally, act globally’

Posted: April 18, 2009 10:59 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2009 4:30 a.m.

This week, Wednesday is more than hump day. It’s the 39th observance of Earth Day.

Observed around the world, Earth Day was founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisc., and coincided with the formation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

In an article marking the 10-year anniversary of Earth Day, Nelson wrote that his main objective in planning it was to show the political leadership of the nation that there was broad and deep support for the environmental movement.

Two thousand colleges and universities, 10,000 high schools and grade schools and several thousand communities in all — more than 20 million Americans — participated in one of the most exciting and significant grassroots efforts in the history of this country.”

Today, the informal holiday is observed in the U.S. and countries around the world every April 22.

The EPA was established Dec. 2, 1970, with a goal of consolidating a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection, according to information on the agency’s Web site.

The city of Santa Clarita kicked off its observance early with Saturday’s Earth Day and Arbor Day Festival at Central Park in Saugus.

On Earth Day, College of the Canyons is hosting several events focused on sustainability.

At 11:15 a.m. in room 105 of Boykin Hall, Duane Morton of 1-800-Got-Junk will give a 20-minute presentation called “It’s All Junk,” which will be followed by a screening of “The Story of Stuff.”

The documentary explores the connections between environmental and social issues.

Between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. residents can plant sunflowers and poppies in biodegradable cups that will be available outside the Student Center.

At 1 p.m. in Hasley Hall room 234, geology professor Vincent Devlahovich will lead a panel talk on “learning community and sustainability.”

At 2:30 p.m. in room 105 of Boykin Hall there will be a screening of the Academy Award-winning animated film “Wall-E.”

There will be raffle prizes throughout the day.

“I am thrilled to see our students take interest in environmental matters and to see them share their knowledge with the community,” Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine said in a statement. Cheng-Levine is co-chair of COC’s Sustainable Development Committee.

College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus is located at the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road. For more information call (661) 362-5806.

“The old Earth Day admonition to ‘Think locally, act globally’ is not a tired truism,” local environmentalist Lynne Plambeck wrote in a column in Thursday’s edition of The Signal. “It is a mantra we should repeat every day with real action. It is time to remember that each of our actions multiplied by the millions of our fellow humans has a significant effect on our environment.”

At the national level, the Mall in Washington, D.C. will play host to today’s Earth Day concert. Oklahoma rock band The Flaming Lips will headline, and speakers include conservation filmmaker Philippe Cousteau, grandson of explorer and scientist Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

The concert is a big thank-you to thousands who volunteered to improve parks and schools in 10 cities.

The events were coordinated by the Green Apple Festival and Earth Day Network, which grew out of the original Earth Day.

Organizers are planning an even larger series of events in 2010 under the theme “Green Generation” to mark Earth Day’s 40th anniversary with a focus on renewable energy and green jobs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



Most Popular Articles

There are no articles at this time.
Commenting not available.
Commenting is not available.


Powered By
Morris Technology
Please wait ...