The Central Colorado Climate Coalition has announced the speaker lineup for the annual Earth Day parade and celebration Saturday, April 22.
The event begins with the Parade for the Species starting at 11:00 a.m. from Alpine Park down F Street to Riverside Park. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite creature.
After lunch, the Act Locally Speaker Series will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Scout Hut featuring local leaders and organizations addressing how to support local sustainability efforts.
Speakers will include County Commissioner Keith Baker explaining the workings of county level sustainability programs; Julie Mach, founder of Elements Composting on connecting community composting; John Armstrong, founder of B-1 Energy speaking on building a recycling facility for the Arkansas Valley.
An intermission will feature free music by local musicians Bruce Warren and Andrea Coen.
At 2:00 p.m. speakers will include native plant and permaculture expert Merry Cox creating habitat in your yard for native plants, animals, and pollinators. This will be followed by John McGowan, co-founder of Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water on ditching bottled water by building free community water stations.
Tom Plant and Ark Valley Energy Members will speak about working for renewable energy and sustainable practices in the Sangre De Cristo Electric Co-op and beyond.
Central Colorado Climate Coalition members will talk about the future of their organization in the community and attendees will have the opportunity to visit information tables and speak with the presenters about getting involved with sustainability efforts.
For more information, visit the CCC website.