This Saturday (April 22) marks the 47th year of celebrating Earth Day. The holiday got its start with protests on the streets and activists in the halls of Congress lobbying for more protections for natural resources, such as land, air and water. In the ensuing decades, the holiday has morphed into a variety of activities, from tree plantings to roadside cleanups. Here’s a roundup of just some of the Earth Day events happening in Taos County this week.
April 21 — Taos County cleanup
The Taos County Solid Waste Department and the town of Taos are jointly hosting a roadside cleanup Friday (April 21). Volunteers are encouraged to wear gloves and brightly colored clothes. Volunteers are gathering from 8:30 to 9 a.m. for a safety meeting at Filemón Sanchez Park (on Salazar Road between Camino de la Merced and Bertha Street). Cleanup will go from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a picnic lunch for volunteers from 1 to 3 p.m. This is the second annual event. Last year, 2 tons of trash were collected in just a few hours.
April 21 — Taos High School tree planting and Natural Resources Career Expo
The Taos High School class of 2017, as a parting gift to future generations, has provided trees for a school orchard at the high school’s agro-ecology field. Students are encouraged to drop in and plant a tree during their lunchtime or science class. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include presentations from Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, University of New Mexico-Taos Climate Change Corps, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, PPC Solar, Earthship Biotecture and local agriculturalist Miguel Santistevan. To volunteer as a presenter, contact David Gilroy at (575) 770-8898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 22 — Questa tree planting and celebration
Trees, seeds and a picnic are going to be the highlights for Questa’s Earth Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Questa Public Library (6 1/2 Municipal Park Road, Questa). Trees will be planted for beauty and shade at the library and park. Participants should bring a shovel and gloves. Folks are also invited to bring seeds saved from last year’s garden to help jump-start the new seed exchange at the library. Lunch is slated to last from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Call LEAP at (575) 586-2362 for more information.
April 22 — Taos March for Science
Join students and staff at the Taos Integrated School of the Arts on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a March For Science. The march begins at the school, 210 Bendix Street, and continues down Paseo.
In additon, a March for Science is planned in Santa Fe. Building on the energy of the Women’s March in January, Saturday’s Santa Fe march will feature Los Alamos scientists Nina Lanza, Bette Korber and Todd Ringler; U.S. Sen. Tom Udall; U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján; and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales. Scientists and non-scientists alike are encouraged to participate. A march is set to depart the Santa Fe Plaza at 10:30 a.m. and end at the Roundhouse around 11 a.m. Speakers and celebrations are planned until 2 p.m.
April 25 — Alianza Agri-Cultura spring celebration and fundraiser
Alianza Agri-Cultura, the group formerly known as the Taos County Agricultural Resolution Team, will be celebrating its incorporation as a nonprofit Tuesday (April 25) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing Tap Room, 201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. Music will be provided by Dread Fermata. The organization will be highlighting the brewery’s “grain-to-glass” endeavors. A portion of all sales of the New Mexico Commons beer, brewed with both local hops and barley, will go to Alianza Agri-Cultura. The group is soliciting donations to pay for the incorporation process and operating funds moving forward. The group’s vision statement states, “We envision a future in which Taos County is home to a resilient local food, farming and ranching community; where food and agriculture play a holistic role in the vitality of our land and water, culture, community and economy.”
— Compiled by Cody Hooks