Truckee Meadows Earth Day Celebration
Hundreds of people made their way to Mayberry Park, for the first Truckee Meadows Earth Day celebration. The event brought conservation to a higher level.
Hundreds of people made their way to Mayberry Park on Sunday, for the first ever Truckee Meadows Earth Day celebration. The event brought conservation to a higher level.
“We had strict criteria of how we chose our vendors. We really wanted artisans who either made things locally or used recycled materials. We really wanted to get away from the mass consumption,” said Truckee Meadows Earth Day organizer Rebekah Stetson. “We are taking aluminum donations from the community and we are going to hold workshops. We want to help empower people to turn that recycled waste into other things. Specifically our organization is turning it into pendants, and distributing the pendants,” said Scott Fraleigh from the Key Bearer Project.
The Key Bearer Project is just one of 40 vendors and non-profits participating. Even the food trucks are conducting business with conservation in mind. “We had our food trucks do use reusable items that we purchased. So there won't be any paper waste,” said Stetson.
Non-profit booths at the event provided instructional lectures and demonstrations on conservation and the environment. “We really wanted to offer opportunities where people could learn how to take these things back into their everyday life,” said Stetson.
Demonstrations and activities brought families together and educated kids. “The kids need to learn about how to better our environment and learn how to clean up after ourselves. They need to learn how to plant trees. This is a great environment for them to learn all about it,” said event attendee Rachel Robison. “It’s important to teach my kids about the earth. It’s our home and it’s the only one we have,” said event attendee Danna Hook.
Organizers of Truckee Meadows Earth Day say the event was created in response to the fact that Idlewild Park was not having an Earth Day celebration this year.