Happy Earth Week, Colorado!
As I'm sure you are well aware, April 22 is Earth Day. What exactly does this mean? Why should we dedicate an entire 24 hours to our irreplaceable home? (That was a rhetorical question.)
What I want to know is, why is there only one day for the celebration and regard of the planet and the ecosystems it contains? Shouldn't every day be Earth Day, as we as humans wouldn't and couldn't be here without it? Regardless of my opinion, Earth Day is important because it forces everyone in the U.S. to acknowledge (by the simple act of glancing at their calenders) that the planet is special enough for one day of special attention. It reminds us that we are an integral part of nature and aren't above or outside of an abstract "environment". This day helps us remember be a little more conscious of how our daily decisions impact the whole world.
Because April 22 falls midweek, most Earth Day events are taking place this Saturday, April 18. Boulder is hosting a festival dedicated to the health of the environment, appropriately called Earthfest 2009. Festivities commence at 9 a.m. at CU Research Park (4001 Discovery Drive, near Colorado and 33rd) and will run throughout the day, snow or shine.
Some of the highlights include the EarthDay 5K, Dirt Day adventure challenges and mountain bike race, and, of course, a parade! Live music begins at 11 a.m., showcasing four local bands. The Expo consists of over 100 booths by vendors of green-wares and organic food, as well as interactive educational booths by local nonprofits. The event is zero-waste, with compost bins and compostable utensils used throughout.
The fun doesn't stop here, oh no. An 18+ after party is provided by KBCO at the Boulder Theater, commencing at 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $18.50 at bouldertheater.com