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Earth Day- Your Day to Help!

This article appeared in the April 22, 2016 edition of the Davis Enterprise.

Earth Day- Your Day to Help!

Photo by Kirby Araullo

 

By Lisa Justice

Special to the Enterprise

 

Earth Day, that annual celebration of the planet we call home, is almost upon us. Celebrate this year by joining Explorit Science Center in beautifying and caring for our own little corner of the world—Mace Ranch Park!

 

Explorit will be honoring Earth Day with some extended public hours on Friday, April 22, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. when we will be hosting a clean-up of Mace Ranch Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Come discover new ways of recycling, repurposing and conserving our resources.

 

You can also keep the Earth Day sentiment going by contributing your thoughts to our “Earth Day Dreams” mural. Join us to show your love of Planet Earth and do your part for our local environment.

 

Earth Day began in 1970 as an environmentally themed teach-in on university campuses and at primary and secondary schools. The idea came from U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson who went on to win the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

Although it began as a U.S. event, in the last 46 years, Earth Day has grown to an international phenomenon observed in nearly 200 countries. Currently international Earth Day events are coordinated by the Earth Day Network who have established the goal of planting 7.8 billion trees over the next 5 years in anticipation of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary.

 

In addition to being beautiful, trees help combat climate change by absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. They also help purify the air we breathe by filtering out pollutants.

 

Check out www.earthday.org to read more about the Earth Day Network and how Earth Day will be observed all over the world. One very important Earth Day event this year will be the anticipated signing of the Paris Agreement.

 

The Paris Agreement is a global environmental pact from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Paris Agreement addresses carbon emissions, a key factor in climate change, setting global goals for the next five years.

 

Nearly 200 nations have contributed to the crafting of this document and on April 22, 2016 the Agreement will be open for signing. It is hoped that over 120 states will sign the Paris Agreement, pledging ambitious and progressive reductions to their carbon emissions.

 

So on April 22nd, as the world comes together to protect and celebrate Planet Earth, plan to join Explorit in our own Earth Day festivities and clean-up. Participation in this, and all of Explorit’s extended public hours events, is free to members and with paid admission to the museum. You can see a full list of all of our extended public hours events at http://www.explorit.org/programs/extended-public-hours.

 

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Explorit’s coming events:

 

  • Explorit’s Exploration Gallery is open to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and every Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00 per person; Explorit members, teachers and children 2 and under are free. Come check out the new Nano Mini Exhibition!
  • Join us May 3 for another free, family-friendly talk at DMG Mori’s auditorium “Wildfire: the Good, the Bad, and the Misunderstood,” at 7:00 p.m.
  • Summer Science Camp registration is open now! Visit www.explorit.org for all the details.  Interested in volunteering at our Summer Science Camps?  Call Explorit now!
  • Interested in membership?  Think your Explorit membership may have lapsed?  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 to check or sign up!
  • Birthdays are back at Explorit!  Call Explorit at 530-756-0191 for more information or to book your party.

 

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Explorit Science Center is located at 3141 5th St. For more information call (530) 756-0191 or visit http://www.explorit.org, or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/explorit.fb.

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