Earth Day is April 22, an annual commemoration created in 1970 as a day to shine a light on environmental issues and celebrate all things “green.” Here in Reno-Tahoe, there’s lots to celebrate: A once-thirsty Lake Tahoe is filled to the brim, tulips are pushing out of snow-speckled lawns and green hillsides are rushing back to life.
To help mark the day, we’ve rounded up seven ways to party down for Mother Earth with a bit of local flavor.
Check out Reno Earth Day
Take note: The annual local Reno Earth Day celebration will be held on April 23 (just a slightly belated birthday, if you will) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Idlewild Park. This year’s theme is “The Natural World, Clean and Green Technologies and Many Cultures.” The free annual event features booths offering conservation tips, activities, arts and crafts, live music and food and aims to encourage folks to employ Earth-friendly practices into their everyday lives. Visit www.renoearthday.org.
Tahoe-Truckee’s got a party, too
The Village at Squaw Valley will play host to this year’s Tahoe Truckee Earth Day, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 22, featuring live music, entertainment and information on how to preserve and protect local and global natural resources. This zero-waste event encourages people to bring their own reusable water bottles, cups or mugs and will provide water refilling stations throughout the venue.
Ride a bike
Spring is here -- sometimes -- and the time is right to dust off your beach cruiser for some alternative transportation. Consider this: Cycling requires no fuel, bikes take less energy to build than a car, and it’s a whole lot healthier for you. Plan errands close to home, or even ride your bike to the Earth Day festivities at Idlewild.
Take a selfie with Mother Earth
At the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, you can gaze at a (way) scaled-down version of Earth and it neighboring planets. In the Planetarium Exhibit Hall, check out how our planet looks from orbit, learn its relation to other bodies in our solar system, and how our planet’s conditions, quite simply, make life on Earth possible.
… even if just for the day! A growing body of research suggests the environmental impact of meat consumption is kind of a big deal. Livestock alone accounts for more than 15 percent of global greenhouse emissions, researchers say. And ditching meat, even sporadically, is good for you, too. According to the Mayo Clinic, people who eat only plant-based foods -- aka vegetarians -- consume less calories and fat and weigh less overall.
What’s an Earth Day without tie dye?
For the littles, the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum will host “visiting tinkerer” Sarah Lillegard, who will give a hands-on workshop on shibori, a unique Japanese fabric drying technique. Children 6 and older can learn how to twist, fold, tie and bind fabrics while working with indigo, said to be one of the oldest natural dyes. The program is included in museum admission (free for members), and preregistration is recommended.
Take advantage of our region’s long, wet season by placing rain barrels in your yard. Why? They collect water from roof runoff and have quite a list of advantages, including collecting water for landscaping all while reducing flooding, erosion and run-off pollution. Find the rain barrels at most home improvement stores as well as online.