MONTROSE – The Montrose City Council has proclaimed Monday, April 21 through Saturday, April 26 Montrose Earth Week. Its theme is good stewardship of our wildlife population.
Colorado is rich in wildlife, and Montrose Earth Week activities encourage citizens, and especially children, to recognize the importance of protecting the animals of Colorado and their habitat. The world’s first Earth Day took place in 1970, organized by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in hopes of raising awareness about escalating air and water pollution. What began as the idea for a national “teach-in” on the first day of spring has grown to 20 million Americans rallying, coast-to-coast, for a healthy environment.
Now Earth Day, celebrated every April 22, has since expanded to include a full week of activities promoting environmental awareness, with both Earth Day and Earth Week celebrated all over the world, with millions of participants making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Montrose City Manager Bill Bell has a special affinity for Earth Week. “Earth Week 2014 is a great opportunity for our community members to come together in a united effort to learn more about Montrose’s outdoor amenities and to focus some energy on the preservation of our local wildlife habitat,” said Bell. “No matter whether you enjoy fishing, hunting, or bird watching, Montrose is a wonderful environment in which to live, work, and raise a family.”
Kids at Maslow Academy, the 21st Century After School Program, Partners of Delta Montrose & Ouray, and the Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club have been hard at work decorating Earth Week-themed paper grocery bags donated by Safeway and City Market stores, which will distribute the decorated bags during Earth Week while supplies last.Earth Week-themed movies will run during the week, and the Ute Indian Museum will play “Voices of the Land” 10 a.m.-3 p.m., on the hour, on Earth Day, April 22. The Montrose Recycles Committee is sponsoring two movies, Bag It and Wild Horses & Renegades, at Two Rascals Brewing Company on Tuesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. On Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m. at the Black Canyon National Park South Rim Visitor Center, there will be a special screening of Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit, the new documentary film by Ken Burns, to commemorate Earth Week and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This movie will also run all day Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Montrose Visitor Center at 107 S. Cascade Ave.
For a full schedule of activities for all ages, visit www.CityofMontrose.org/EarthWeek; for more information, visit can be found at www.earthday.org.
A Post-Earth Day Montrose Arroyo Trail Cleanup
Pedaling for a Cleaner America cyclist John Deuel, who is pedaling 3,400 miles, from San Diego to Virginia Beach, will visit Montrose on Sunday, April 27, to lead a cleanup of the Montrose Arroyo Trail. Deuel has invited cities and bicycle organizations to conduct special “Pedal Up to Cleanup” events in coordination with his passing through town; to date, seven cities have accepted the challenge (San Diego, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Montrose, CO; Pittsburg, KS; Carbondale, IL; Blacksburg, VA; Richmond, VA and Norfolk, VA).
Cyclists in these seven communities will organize events aimed at reducing the more than 50 billion pieces of litter on America’s roadways. Montrose volunteers meet Sunday, April 27, at 1 p.m., in Rotary Park, to start the cleanup; a recognition party will follow, with refreshments. Deuel and fellow cyclists will conduct litter cleanups in seven cities, in the course of his 3,400-mile cross-country ride, promoting a grass-roots litter prevention awareness campaign targeting cyclists. Deuel, who wraps up his journey east at Virginia Beach oceanfront on June 29, is challenging his fellow cyclists and community leaders across the U.S. to join forces to reduce littering through prevention, as well as promoting. So far, seven cities (including Montrose) have accepted his challenge.
The Pedaling for a Cleaner America in Montrose event is the perfect wrap-up for the City’s annual Earth Week celebration and its theme of Wildlife and Habitat Conservation. For a complete schedule of related events for all ages, visit www.CityofMontrose.org/EarthWeek