Screw Earth Day?

Earth Day - I'm with stupid

What does Earth Day mean to you? Is it a call to action, urging each of us to respect and protect our planet? Or, is it just another marketing ploy, seducing us into buying another 'recyclable' gizmo? Some folks have grown so jaded by the commercialization of Earth Day (sound like another holiday to you?) that they are saying Screw Earth Day! Scientists and environmentalists have been ringing the alarm bells so loud and long that deafness has become an occupational hazard. Rather than pile on that bandwagon (not today, anyhow) I'm going to check out a few local Earth-loving events.

Santa Fe, NM Earth Day (Week, Month, etc.) Events

What: Coffee with Coss on Sustainability
When: Wednesday April 22nd, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: City Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 Lincoln Ave., Santa Fe, NM
Mayor David Coss will be holding a "Coffee with Coss" on Sustainability on Wednesday April 22nd, Earth Day.

What: Earth Day Celebration
When: Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Santa Fe Railyard Park, Santa Fe, NM
The event will kickoff at the Santa Fe Railyard Park with music from the Santa Fe Concert Band and Mariachi Estrella, a youth open mic event with poetry and other performance art by local youth, presentations by local dignitaries, tables with information and fun activities from local environmental and youth groups and the announcement of the winners of the first annual Sustainability Awards from the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission.

What: Tree Planting with Santa Fe Watershed Association and Santa Fe County
When: April 25, 2009, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: San Ysidro Park (along the Santa Fe River from San Ysidro Crossing to Caja del Oro Grant Road)
At 2:30 the festivities will continue with a tree planting event at the San Ysidro Park in the village of Agua Fria. Be part of this river restoration project by helping to stabilize the river banks with native plants.

What: Evening Workshop on Sustainable Santa Fe Plan Implementation
When: April 25, 2009, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Clear Light Book Store, 851 W. San Mateo Street, Santa Fe, NM
A discussion on sustainability including development of implementation strategies for the Sustainable Santa Fe Plan.

What: 5th Annual Garden Fair
When: Saturday, April 25, 10AM-4PM
Where: County Fairgrounds, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM

Free Garden Fair Presentations
10:30AM - Heirloom Tomatoes with Bob Pennington, Agua Fria Nurseries
- Season by Season Rose Gardening with Jack Ortega, Rosarian

11:30AM - Great Container Gardening with Michael Clark, Tropic of Capricorn
- Permaculture Ideas for Home Water Harvesting with Ben Haggard, Regenesis Group

12:30PM - The Garden – A Cook's Treasure (with a special nod to herbs, the lively border collies of the plant world): Lecture and Book-Signing with celebrated chef and author Deborah Madison

1:30PM - Planting for Pollinators & Beneficial Insects with David Salman, Santa Fe Greenhouses
- Tree Care Made Easy with Joran Viers, NMSU Horticulture Extension Agent

2:30PM - Save on Vegetables – Grow Your Own! with Jeff Clark, Santa Fe Greenhouses
- Medicinal Uses of Native Plants with Mark Wood, Native Plant Specialist

More Info:

Sustainable Santa Fe Awards and Earth Day Celebrations

Santa Fe Watershed Association - Tree Planting at San Ysidro Park

Santa Fe Master Gardener Association - Screw Earth Day (One day is not enough!)

The New Yorker - In The Air by Elizabeth Kolbert

Earth Day Network