Volunteer for Earth Day
by Kari Gray
s this tthe year for you to get involved with San Diego
Earth Day? If it is, we can show you how to make a difference while celebrating
the 25th anniversary of Earth Day.
San Diego Earth Day is a non-profit organization dedicated
to a clean, healthy, prosperous future. With just one full-time employee
(that's me), we depend entirely on volunteers - just like you - who contribute
their time throughout the year.
We specialize in producing events designed to educate
and inform the public about a broad range of environmental issues and to
support other non-profit environmental organizations. Our EarthFair in Balboa
Park is the largest free environmental fair in the West, produced entirely
by volunteers. We also present other events and projects throughout the
year, including the Youth Earth Savers Festival in October, natural food
events, and The Environment and You lecture series.
The best way to learn what we're up to and how you can
participate is to attend one of our volunteer introduction meetings. Our
next meeting is:
We'll show you the cool Earth Day slide show and tell
you about our current projects. Here are a few:
Wednesday, April 12 · 7pm
Reuben H Fleet Space Theater
For more information about any of the above projects,
or to request an EarthFair Exhibitor Application, call (619) 496-6666. Start
today to make every day Earth Day!
- Volunteer at EarthFair'95, held on Sunday, April 23 in Balboa Park.
Whether you assist for a few hours or all day, you can help get the word
out to the 50,000 San Diegans who will attend.
- Your group, class or club can march in the All Species Earth Parade
at the EarthFair. Dress up as your favorite species (plant or animal) using
recycled or reused materials.
- Have your group build a Humanitree by writing promises for the environment
on paper "leaves" and then attaching them to a real or constructed
tree. Or, bring them to the EarthFair to be part of the Humanitree Forest
at the back of the Organ Pavilion. (see sample leaf in Program Guide, page
- If you have an environmental message, product or service, you can
become an exhibitor at the EarthFair.
- Help at the Organic Farmer's Market at EarthFair and become part of
the Campaign for Sustainable Food Choices - an ongoing project of SDED &
Mother's and Others for a Liveable Planet.
Avoid parking hassles - use the EarthFair Shuttle
or many, the fun and excitement of attending the EarthFair
is offset by the bother and frustration of fighting traffic while finding
a place to park.
Sound familiar? Why not try the simple alternative:
take the EarthFair Shuttle. San Diego Earth Day has secured a large parking
lot in Florida Canyon and will be running shuttles to and from Balboa Park
every 5 - 10 minutes. Simply drive up Park Blvd. from the Hwy 5 freeway
exits and follow the signs. The shuttles will run from 9am to 6pm. Best
of all, parking and shuttle service are free!
This year, in keeping with the spirit of Earth Day,
the shuttle busses will all be powered by non-polluting compressed natural
gas. The shuttle busses are being donated by San Diego Transit, Cloud 9
Shuttle Service and the North County Transit District.
The parking lot will be staffed by Ace Parking, and on-site guards will
help ensure the security of the parked vehicles.