You can SLO Down Climate Change by bicycling, carpooling or riding the bus to the 23rd Annual SLO County Earth Day, on Sunday, April 21 at El Chorro Regional Park. RTA, SCAT and SLO Transit are providing free bus rides all day long countywide in recognition of Earth Day. Earth Day is for all ages and admission is free. Park for free at Cuesta College and walk or take the shuttle into the park.
“We chose ‘SLO Down Climate Change’ as the 2013 theme because the effects are already disrupting our environment, the economy and communities locally and globally,” said Earth Day coordinator Sandra Marshall. “We want businesses, organizations, schools, college clubs and individuals to share their eco friendly and climate change messages, products, or services with the public at Earth Day”.
Here’s what you will find at Earth Day 2013
This year the Earth Day Fair has expanded to include a Music Festival. Music will be featured all day by local popular bands and performers on several stages. It all begins at 11 am with an opening ceremony by Pilulaw Khus, Chumash Ceremonial Elder, Medicine Carrier and Clan Mother of the Bear Clan of the Northern Chumash Nation. The main stage lineup begins with singer-songwriter Aaron Och, followed by Burning James & the Funky Flames, Al Millan & the Robots, Natural Incense and Funk in Public. On the acoustic stage Belly Yellers, SLO Ambassador Bentley Murdock and the Red Willows. In the amphitheater the Red Willows will go electric.
Walking or riding in on the shuttle the first stop will be at the Dairy Creek Zero Waste Park. Arriving at the Earth Day Fair you will be welcomed by your host the Earth Day Alliance. Pick up a program guide and start your tour of the fair. Exhibit hubs will include: Clean Energy Zone, Kid’s Area, Eco Marketplace, Health & Well-being Center,Food Court and the Beer & Wine Tents. Special features include Garden Tours, Climate Change slide-show in the Oak Glen Pavilion by Stephen Hansen M.D from the Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.
Attendees can enter the Dollar Drawing to win an array of donated gifts by local businesses including the grand prize, a Jamis Commuter donated by Wally’s Bicycle Works.
2013 logo: Every year Earth Day SLO introduces a new logo to the public. This year Cal Poly Senior, Justin Hauser utilized his talents to create a beautiful illustration that embraces nature and music. He was awarded a monetary gift plus published recognition for his contribution. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Hauser now lives in San Luis Obispo, where he studies architecture and graphic design. For more of his work visit: www.jchauser.wix.com/memo-graphics.
Earth Day 2013 sponsors: San Luis Obispo County Parks, RTA, SLO City Transit, SCAT, Air Pollution Control District (APCD), First Solar / MidAmerican Solar, Information Press, Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition, Dr. Dick’s Puppet Sticks, and Solarponics.