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The City of Moab will host a community Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 21, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center. The city’s sustainability department and Moab Arts, along with the National Park Service, Moab Dark Skies and the Canyonlands Solid Waste Authority, will offer a variety of activities for children and adults.
Safely view the fascinating features of the sun through the National Park Service’s solar telescope; learn about the beauty and value of dark skies; create wildflower seed bombs to add color to your landscape; and find out more about recycling while playing fun games. Refreshments will also be provided.
“Earth Day is a day we celebrate our home. Carl Sagan dubbed Earth our pale blue dot as it was visible in the 1990 Voyager image from the edge of our solar system—"a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,’” said Moab City Sustainability Director Alexi Lamm. “With blue skies and white clouds towering over resplendent rusty rocks, the planet is easy to appreciate from billions of miles or Main Street Moab. That appreciation is apparent in our actions.”
Lamm noted that Moab became the nation’s first EPA Green Power Community in 2004. Since then, the city has continued to pursue sustainability through goals to source 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2040.
“We are a Tree City USA and working toward becoming a Dark Sky Community. Just looking at the volunteer opportunities on the community calendars, it’s obvious Moab embraces work toward becoming more sustainable and resilient,” Lamm said. “Let’s do that and relish our Earth along the way.”
Kids and adults alike are invited to come by the MARC on Friday, April 21, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to celebrate planet Earth and learn more about the city’s initiatives.