Earth Day events a chance to celebrate and do good
Marchers gather in Snohomish and utilize a megaphone alongside First Street as part of the 2017 Earth Day March, which attracted 60 participants.
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Earth Day turns 48 this year and Snohomish County civic groups are hosting a diverse selection of activities to mark the anniversary.
Amidst all the work parties, marches and gatherings, one band of community activists says it has had enough.
Of straws that is.
Snohomish Rising isn’t just marching for Earth Day but planning for “Snohomish’s Last Straw.” Member Lya Badgley said group members are working on an educational campaign to share with restaurants and bars to reduce the use of plastic straws.
The project aligns well with the origins of Earth Day, an event that empowered millions to demand environmental protections in answer to the pollution spewing from an industrialized nation.
The first Earth Day in 1970 was the brainchild of past Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. Nelson was inspired to create change in the wake of Southern California oil spills and by channeling the energy of Vietnam War protestors.
Months after the marchers went home, government replied with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Beefed up Clean Air and Clean Water Acts followed as did the 1973 Endangered Species Act.
However locals mark the event for the planet, they will have lots of company: The Earth Day Network estimates more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate.
Marches and Gatherings:
* April 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Earth Day Celebration, Snohomish County Campus Plaza, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett. Informational booths, giveaways, food trucks, electronics recycling, and more.
* April 22, 1 to 3 p.m. March with Snohomish Rising to celebrate Earth Day. The group will gather at Angel Arms, 230 Ave. B in Snohomish, then march and rally at 1101 First Street, near Proper Joe Coffee at 1:30 p.m. Bring a poem, song or rant to share. They will then march on First Street to the Centennial Trail and end near the Boys and Girls Club. Bring your own sign or flag. This is a rain or shine event.
* April 22, 10:30 a.m. “The Dawning of Hope” talk by Jackie Minchew at Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1607 4th St, Marysville. Sponsored by local environmental activism group 350 Everett.
* April 22, 3 p.m. Gather at Everett Community College at the Wetmore Avenue parking lot in preparation for a peaceful, non-confrontational climate march at 4 p.m. The march will walk Wetmore Avenue to the Snohomish County Courthouse where
there will be a short rally. “The purpose of a climate march is to keep awareness in the public eye and to push for action on climate change,” said Pam Kepford, one of the march’s organizers. To complete the day, local band
Junior Geezer performs a benefit concert at Tony V’s Garage at 6 p.m., 1 716 Hewitt Ave. in Everett. The money raised by the concert will benefit the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy as well as event sponsors 350 Everett.
* April 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary Tree Planting, 6900 Seaway Boulevard, Everett.
* April 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Clean up event. 600 128th St SE, Everett. Meet by pool entrance. Bring lunch, rakes, clippers/loppers. RSVP to Wes Chester at email@example.com.
* April 22, all day. Free park entry. Visit Washington State Parks without an entrance fee. More free days are listed at www.discoverpass.wa.gov
* April 22, 9 a.m. Trail leadership course. Lord Hill Regional Park, 12921 150th St., Snohomish. The day will involve one to three miles of hiking, kneeling, lifting, pushing, pulling,
digging and chopping. Discussions will cover meeting the standards of different types of trails. Bring a day pack, long sleeve work shirt, long pants, sturdy boots and gaiters, gloves and eye protection, along with lunch, snacks and drinks. Maps, tools and helmets provided. Go to www.mountaineers.org for more information.
* April 21, noon to 2 p.m. Frog Fest at Evergreen Arboretum in American Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd. in Everett. “The Frog Lady” will show participants how to create a frog habitat. In honor of Earth Day, students will plant native plants in a new Native Garden and take a plant home.
All EvCC events are at 2000 Tower Street in Everett:
* April 18 and 19, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whitehorse Hall critique space. Earth art contest display. See original designs comprised of more than 75 percent reclaimed materials.
* April 18 and 19, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Solar panel tours on the Liberty Hall roof. See EvCC’s 19-kilowatt rooftop solar project with a guided tour. Contact Pat Snowden at 425-388-9483 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour.
* April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Electronics Recycling in parking lot F near Glacier Hall. Drop off old computers, printers, cell phones and other electronics for free. Recycling provided by 3-R Recycling. See www.EverettCC.edu/EarthWeek for a list of acceptable items.
* April 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jackson Conference Center. The Coast Free Community Film Series features the ocean exploration film “Chasing Coral.” Tickets suggested, RSVP through
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