A New Earth Day for Ojai

Saturday April 22nd in downtown Ojai

Earth%20Week.pngWith spring comes new life and new hope. With the rich green spring this year in Ojai will come a new and reinvigorated celebration of our planetary home -- Earth Day. Instead of a one-day event at Oak Grove School, there will be events taking place throughout the Ojai Valley over the course of the week. The big events this year will take place in downtown Ojai, and will happen throughout the day on Saturday. We at the Green Coalition have worked hard to make this a fun, enjoyable, and informative set of activities designed to enliven and inspire action for the sake of our world -- please come help us express appreciation for our precious home.


 

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Saturday Events
at the Ojai Valley Woman's Club
441 E. Ojai Avenue

10 am: Opening Ceremony
Our Sacred Earth: Sacred Water

Marilyn Miller of the Center for Spiritual Living will head an interfaith discussion with Rev. Dr. Greg Kimura, of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, and Rabbi Michael Lotker, of the Jewish Community Center, of Ojai. The focus will be on finding the sacred in our planet and its water, and turning that awe into action to protect our future.

11 am: Our Water Future
Experts on local water and water security in Ojai

The presentation will begin with a screening of a half-hour documentary by Ojai filmmaker Elizabeth Pepin Silva Slow the Flow. This will be followed by a panel discussion of our local water supply and the question of water security featuring Bert Rapp, General Manager of the Ventura River Water District, Connor Jones, of the East End Eden Permaculture Authority, and Paul Jenkins, of Surfrider Foundation and the Matilija Foundation.

1 pm: Island Earth
(new film release)

A new hour-long documentary film, Island Earth will screen, followed by a dialogue with director Cyrus Sutton.

 

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meanwhile outside... in the Woman's Club garden:

10 am to 4 pm

Earth Friendly Demonstrations and Activities

10:00-10:30 am: Especially for kids, Bugs in the Garden, featuring Jordan Crow

10:00-4:00: Electric vehicle show, featuring the Electric Vehicle Advocates of Ventura, demonstrating their personal vehicles and answering questions.

10:30-12 noon: Straw Bale Gardening, featuring Master Gardener Lee Rosenboom, of the UC Hansen Agricultural Research Program

2:15-4:00 pm: David White, of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture, will discuss healthy soils and composts for making a vigorous, verdant garden.

 

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and before the Earth Day events, at Libbey Park:

Scientists, educators, students, and concerned citizens will rally to demonstrate their commitment to verifiable truth and the scientific method as part of the national March for Science on Saturday morning April 22nd in Ojai.

The rally will begin at the fountain in Libbey Park at 9:00 am. Ojai speakers scheduled to talk briefly about the importance of the scientific method for finding truth include lead organizer Peggy La Cerra, an evolutionary neuroscientist, Jim Bailey, a biology teacher at the Rock Tree Sky school, Heather King, of the Once Upon a Watershed environmental education non-profit, James Mallinson, a chemistry teacher at Ojai Valley School, nature educator Lanny Kaufer, physicist, geologist Smitty West, and Rabbi Michael Lotker. After the rally the crowd will march through downtown Ojai to the Woman’s Club at 441 E. Ojai Avenue.

“This rally and March for Science isn’t meant to be controversial,” said La Cerra. “It’s meant to be a celebration of science as a means of getting to the truth. We are living in a post-truth environment, and I think all the speakers, whatever their individual orientation, are in agreement that the future of the earth, science, and our way of life is very much at risk today. We all have biases, but science is a way to factor out our individual biases, and get to the core of that which is immutably true.”

Check this EPA site out!
Ojai and Ventura County's
environmental conditions ...

EPA My Environment: Ojai, CA

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