Earth Day 2021 theme is ‘Restore Our Earth’
April 22 is Earth Day, and Earthday.org, the largest international coordinating body for Earth Day commemorations, chose “Restore Our Earth” for this year’s theme, focusing on the need to “restore the world’s ecosystems.”
A focus on restoration seems appropriate as parts of the world emerge from pandemic-related isolation, and Earthday.org estimates more than 1 billion people worldwide annually participate in Earth Day activities, making it “the largest civic observance in the world.”
One upcoming local event, organized by the city of Moorpark with several corporate sponsorships, will feature a community yard sale. Yard sales are a great way to promote reuse and avoid waste, and on May 1 from 9 a.m.to 1 p.m., in parking lot D of Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Road. According to the city’s promotional material, “We’ll celebrate our beautiful Earth with a community yard sale, crafts, demonstrations, giveaways, and more!”
The event, to be held in accordance with current health and safety guidelines, will be free to shoppers. Until April 23, sellers may reserve booth space the size of two adjacent parking spaces for $15 and double booth spaces for $25 through the city’s web site for the event.
Parking for the event will be available in lot C. Items for sale must be appropriate for a family audience, and sellers provide their own sales items and change fund. More information is available by contacting organizer Stephanie Anderson or the city’s Recreation Division at 805-517-6300.
Also in the east county, the city of Thousand Oaks will host a non-traditional Earth Day activity. According to Rod Cordova, an analyst with the city’s Public Works Department, the city invites the public to “participate in our Climate and Environmental Action Plan stakeholder meetings via Zoom.” The next meeting is April 28.
Stakeholders will discuss water, solid waste, recycling and quality of life issues. Register to participate at https://bit.ly/3rN3CGG. Additionally, the city’s annual Earth Day proclamation this year will focus on the climate action plan.
On the other side of the county on Earth Day, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Ojai’s Libbey Park, the Ojai Land Conservancy and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host a ceremonial tree planting. Representatives from the organizations will promote volunteer opportunities ranging from public outreach to habitat restoration. For more information, contact Assistant Public Works Director Alma Quezada at 805-646-5581 x 209.
The city of Oxnard is celebrating Earth Day this month by conducting an outreach campaign promoting the free motor oil recycling kits, free deskside recycling boxes and free bags of Agromin compost available year-round at the city’s Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station. The first two items are available to Oxnard residents only, and one compost bag per day is offered to anyone using the buyback center.
All this month and possibly into next month, the Ventura County Community Foundation will host an “Environmental Listening Tour.” According to Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lambert, “In a recent series of confidential interviews with VCCF donor-clients, approximately 75 percent identified environmental issues as one of their most important giving priorities.”
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In response, the foundation is scheduling meetings with nonprofits involved in environmental work. Through “listening sessions” with groups of approximately five people at a time, foundation staff will determine “gaps in funding and services that philanthropy can fill,” according to Lambert.
The foundation will provide professional advice to the nonprofits and provide information about the non-profits to their donor-clients. Lambert noted donors like the foundation to act as their intermediary, providing donor…
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