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earTh Day ever We’ve made great progress in the 47 years since the first Earth Day was held in 1970. But forces in our government today are threatening to reverse the tide of progress and turn factbased science into a divisive issue.

“Earth Day never has and never should be a partisan event, but rather a positive affirmation of the beauty of nature and our obligation to work sustainably with it,” says Cory Warshaw, a representative for the Sacramento March for Science, which will be held Saturday, April 22. “That is not a Republican or Democratic idea, that is a humanfocused idea. For we all need water to drink, clean air to breathe, and solid ground to live on.” Now more than ever, those who support science and conservation

are needed to take a stand. It will take more than a holiday or a march, more than a hashtag or a button on your jacket. Saving the Earth requires action, in ways large and small. In this guide, we’ve gleaned insights from local environmentalists on why this Earth Day matters and how to take action. We’ve also compiled Earth Day events and workshops where you can get together with your fellow humans and explore ways to do your part.

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sierra College Earth Days Sierra College Campus, 5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., www.sierracollege.edu Enjoy demonstrations, artwork, music and activities presented by student clubs and businesses. Check out the plant sale for flowers, vegetables and herbs for your garden.

saTurday, april 22 sacramento March for science Starts at Southside Park, 2115 6th St., Sacramento, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., www. marchforsciencesacramento.com Anyone who benefits from scientific innovation (hint: that’s you) can stand in solidarity with science and scientists. Marchers will gather at 10 a.m. at Southside Park. The march starts at noon and ends at the steps of the State Capitol around 1 p.m. with a rally and speakers. While you’re there, use the hashtag #SacramentoScience. Water Wonderful World Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael, 10:30 a.m., www.creekweek. net, 916-489-4918 Explore what lives in our local riparian ecosystem and how keeping our waterways clean benefits humans and wildlife alike. Donations are welcome, space is limited and sign-ups are taken the day of the event. Earth Day storytime South Natomas Library, 2901 Truxel Road, Sacramento, 10:30 a.m., www.saclibrary.org/ events, 916-264-2770 Celebrate the Earth with fun stories about the great outdoors. Stay and make your very own creations with recycled materials.

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Earth Day Benefit Concert Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd., Sacramento 12-5 p.m., www.sacramentovalleyconservancy. org, 916-974-4330 Enjoy live music benefiting the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. This family- and dogfriendly event features live music by Taki Runa, Swamp Zen, Achilles Wheel and more, as well as local brews and food. Tickets are $22 at the door. arcade Creek Exploration Del Paso Regional Park Natural Area, 3565 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., www. creekweek.net, 916-454-4544 Curious about what lives in and around our waterways? Ask a biologist! Explore the creek zone and uncover the natural wonders living in our own backyards. Earth Fest Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., www.saczoo.org, 916808-5888 Take part in hands-on activities, “Keeper Chats” and stage shows. Drop off your used printer cartridges, cell phones and prescription glasses at the recycling station. Stuffed animal not feeling so well? Have it examined at the Stuffed Animal Clinic. General admission $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children under 11. Earth Day Event Sacramento Children’s Museum, 2701 Prospect Park Drive #120, Rancho Cordova, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., sackids.org, 916-638-7225 Take the kids out to this free public event. Make a flower seed bomb and challenge yourself to a reduce-reuse-recycle version of Mission: Imagination! Celebrate the Earth Festival Mahany Regional Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., roseville.ca.us, 916-7745200 Enjoy Wild Things animal shows, Mad Science, live music from Ant Bee and demonstrations from Roseville Police Department’s K-9 units. And the best part? It’s all free!

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Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14 Whole Earth Festival One Shields Ave., Davis 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, wef.ucdavis.edu; 530-752-2569 What started out in 1969 as an art happening has grown into one of UC Davis’ largest annual events, attracting over 30,000 visitors over Mother’s Day weekend. This year marks the 48th Whole Earth Festival, a free, familyfriendly event that aims to educate the public and get people more involved in environmental issues and activism.

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Once we get their butts in the seats, the biggest thing we hear from people is how fun electric vehicles are to drive (visit our calendar at www. saceva.org for upcoming test drive events). EVs are quiet, so you can talk on your Bluetooth and enjoy the radio without the rumble of an engine. They handle like a dream (more on that later). And let’s face it, going to the gas station isn’t fun at all.

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If you are facing an expensive auto shop bill to keep your current gas car alive, consider getting an EV instead. If it’s your only car, get a plugin hybrid so you can use all electric power for your local driving and switch to gas for your annual family trip to Disneyland. If you are a two-car household, you can extend the life of your working gas vehicle by putting those miles on your EV. Don’t overlook a used EV — with so many returning from leasing, there are some real bargains out there.

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There are more than $10,000 in incentives just waiting for you to claim them. There’s the federal tax credit of up to $7,500, California’s $2,500 rebate and other incentives, like SMUD paying for your EV’s first two years of electricity (around $599). Oh, and you won’t be buying gas!

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If you already get a new phone or computer every year, why are you still driving the automobile equivalent of a Commodore 64? The technology used in electric vehicles is charging forward every year. For this reason, the Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association recommends leasing instead of buying. That way drivers can reap the benefits of newer EV models (things like better range and faster charging). Many new EVs can lease from $60 to $250 per month.

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ECO-EXPERTS BERnadETTE dEl ChiaRO Executive Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association Why is this the most important Earth Day ever? I like to think of every day gO SOlaR as Earth Day, and truly each day, as the sun rises, we have another opportunity to solve our most stubborn environmental problems such as air pollution. What’s one thing people can do to protect the planet? Going solar at your home or business has never been easier or more affordable. Over a million California consumers have invested in their own solar energy system to heat and power their homes or businesses, which is driving a thriving, mainstream market. With solar energy, everyday Californians can wake up knowing they are doing right by the environment.

Bill MagavERn Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air Why is this the most important Earth Day ever? This year on Earth Day millions of people around the world will pour into the dRivE lESS public square to demand that governments take action against climate change, air and water pollution, and destruction of wildlands. In the U.S., people will rally against the dangerous fossil-fuel-fired agenda of Donald Trump and his billionaire cabinet. What’s one thing people can do to protect the planet? Most air pollution comes from transportation, so everyone can help clean up the air by driving less — and, when you do buy or lease a car, choosing an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or the cleanest car that meets your needs.

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Senior Counsel, Friends of the River Why is this the most important Earth Day ever? This is the most important Earth Day ever because the SavE dire straits our planet is ThE Bay in worsen every year with population growth and resource depletion and destruction. What’s one thing people can do to protect the planet? The big thing people can do here to protect our planet is to save our San Francisco BayDelta from the assault on it by agencies trying to develop the Delta Water Tunnels and further reduce freshwater flows through the Delta.

CORy WaRShaW Sacramento March for Science representative Why is this the most important Earth Day ever? We at the Sacramento March for Science are advocating for what ASK previously seemed to be an quESTiOnS uncontroversial statement: that evidence should be a cornerstone of our policy. Yet when the EPA’s budget is being slashed and NASA can no longer research climate change, it is clear that the current administration’s relationship with evidence is tenuous at best. Not since the original gathering in 1970 have we seen such a brazen disregard for the clear trends the data present. This is a clear inflection point, where we can allow the gains of the past 47 years be reversed, or we can stand up and let the world know that we demand the overwhelming scientific consensus be heard. What’s one thing people can do to protect the planet? One of the best things people can do to protect the planet is to get informed and ask good questions. It can often be daunting as there is so much information, but you don’t need to be an expert to have an intelligent opinion.

hEidi SanBORn Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council Why is this the most important Earth Day ever? diSPOSE Our government is MEdS not going to save our environment, so now is the PROPERly time for citizens to take action by being thoughtful about what we buy. People vote every day, not just every two years, through what they buy and “vote with your dollars.” More than ever this Earth Day, becoming a thoughtful consumer is critical. What’s one thing people can do to protect the planet? Please do not flush your medicines into the water system because water treatment plants cannot remove all the medications. Instead, use safe medicine collection bins installed throughout the community. Visit www. dontrushtoflush.org for a map of locations near you and information on the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

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