SILVER CITY – This year, Gila Earth Day will be celebrated in conjunction with the Continental Divide Trail Days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday April 23 at Gough Park.
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, Gila Earth Day returns as an in-person event featuring over 30 organizations and businesses showcasing their mission, services or green products for your garden, home and entertainment. outdoors.
This year’s theme, Investing in our Planet, emphasizes the need to address the rapid onslaught of climate change.
“Government and business must accelerate the response now, as the climate crisis is increasingly hurting economies, increasing scarcity, draining profits and affecting us all. But citizens must be the driving force for change,” said event organizer Doyne Wrealli, program coordinator for the Gila Resources Information Project. “What can we do, individually and as a community, to invest in our planet, both locally and globally? We will get answers from our local experts.
The collaboration with Continental Divide Trail Days is new this year, but organizers say it makes sense because both organizations care about conservation and community.
Trail Days will take place over five days and begin Wednesday, April 20 with an introduction to the Continental Divide Trail and its relationship to the Gateway Community of Silver City at a Lunch & Learn event with the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning at WNMU. Global Resource Center. On Friday, a series of speakers will be held at the Old Post Office building and there will be a fiesta at MainStreet Plaza. The Gear Show/Conservation Celebration in partnership with Gila Earth Day will take place on Saturday April 23rd and community hikes will be offered on Sunday April 24th.
This year, Gila Earth Day is sponsoring a found object art contest for area students in grades K-12. Found objects used can be man-made or derived from nature, and works of art can take any form. Local artists Marti W. Lew and Jean-Robert P. Be’ffort of A Space Gallery are participating in this venture. Prizes will be awarded to the top elementary, middle and high school submissions that bring attention to a local or global environmental issue, as decided by a panel of judges. Submissions will be displayed at the park.
Other Gila Earth Day activities include a community trash cleanup with Pick It Up – Toss No Mas and Big Ditch Park planting projects with the Silver City Watershed Keepers.
To participate in the Community Trash Cleanup, meet the Pick It Up – Toss No Mas team in the parking lot on the south side of Gough Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 and pick up trash bags, gloves, litter pickers and snacks. Volunteers will spend the morning cleaning up trash at a location of their choosing, then return to Gough Park between noon and 1 p.m. to drop off trash and recyclables and record their cleanup results. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will collect the waste and transport it to the landfill. Recyclable materials will be collected by Silver City Recycles.
The Silver City Watershed Guardians is also hosting a Volunteer Planting Day as part of its Big Ditch Park Revitalization Project. With funding from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and The 30Something Grant and in partnership with the City of Silver City, Silver City MainStreet, Lone Mountain Natives Nursery, Aldo Leopold Charter School Youth Conservation Corps and Stream Dynamics, rain gardens have been constructed in the park to capture stormwater runoff and prevent erosion on steep slopes. Volunteers will help establish plantations using drought-tolerant native species.
Volunteers will meet at Big Ditch Park at 9 a.m. for bagels and coffee before starting work in the planting areas. Volunteers should wear closed shoes and bring gardening gloves, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. Gardening tools will be provided.
“We still have plenty of room for vendors, and would love to hear from anyone interested in sponsoring the event. These funds help keep vendor fees low and subsidize advertising, which draws more people to the park,” Wrealli said. Volunteers will also be needed for the day of the event, and there is still time to participate in the planning committee.