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Central Climate Change Coalition leads Earth Day 2022 Parade of the Species – Merrell Bergin photo

The Central Colorado Climate Coalition (a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit) is hosting a family-friendly Earth Day Celebration today in Salida. The event will start at 12:00 noon with the much-loved Parade of the Species moving through downtown, ending at Riverside Park.

From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the park will feature community projects and programs that focus on the environment, live music, performances by Salida Circus, and more than 20 community booths. Food trucks and refreshments will be available.

“We really wanted this Earth Day  Celebration to give participants and our organization a chance to walk their talk,” said the community organizer for the Climate Coalition Angie Thompson.

Spotted owl “flies” down F Street during 2022 Earth Day Parade of the Species Merrell Bergin photo

Among the programs in Riverside Park, are a zero-waste trash setup, compostable cups, and general public outreach by local green businesses and nonprofits.  There is an old denim, coat, and shoe recycling event at the Central Colorado Climate Coalition festival booth; with the goal of keeping these recyclable materials out of the local landfill.

Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker will be presenting information about the work on the county’s Sustainable Development Plan and an update on work on the county’s new/developing land-use code.

Corporate tycoon festooned with plastic bottles wields Blue Triton (Brand) during 2022 Earth Day Parade on F Street Merrell Bergin photo


The City of Salida is setting up a reusable water bottle refill station in the park to encourage reuse, partnering with the Unbottle and Protect Chaffee County Water group.  At 10:00 a.m., before the festival starts, there will be a general riverside trash cleanup event along the Riverside Park area.

Featured image: Ron Ferris of Boatworks dressed as an Emperor Penguin for the 2018 350 Central Colorado Earth Day parade and festivities. AVV file photo.