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Earth Day 2017: Scientists, Supporters Issue Call To Protect Planet Earth

April 22 Marches Planned In Denver, Across The Globe

VelRey Alaniz Lozano, wearing her brain hat. Look for many of these hats on parade, during the March For Science on April 22.

On April 22, scientists and their supporters will take to the streets in Denver, in Washington D.C. and 400 other cities across the globe.

Doctors, biologists, botanists, medical researchers, environmental scientists, zoologists, soil scientists, engineers, chemists, psychologists, hydrologists, ecologists, and supporters of all sciences, are planning to march arm in arm as a clarion call both to support scientific endeavors and to protect Planet Earth.

From the organizers: “The March for Science is an international movement … This movement is taking place because of the simultaneous realization by people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option.

“The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists. The incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

“The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

“We are people who value science and recognize how science serves. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.

“Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. The relationship between science and democracy must not continue to erode. The application of science to society is not divorced from politics.”

On April 22 – Earth Day – 400 marches are expected to occur in 40 countries – from Australia to Uganda, to Croatia, Philippines, Belgium, South Korea, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Ten marches are planned for Colorado – in Aspen, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Gunnison, as well as Denver.

In Denver, marchers will gather beginning at 9 a.m. at Civic Center Park downtown, with the march starting at 10 a.m. and speakers scheduled to take the stage starting at 11:30. For more information, and to sign up for alerts and notifications, check out MarchforScience.com

Recycle Your Electronics

Denver Recycles will hold an electronics recycling collection event on Saturday, April 15 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participation is by appointment only. Contact Denver Recycles at 311 (720-913-1311) or DenverRecycles@DenverGov.org to schedule your appointment. The recycled materials can be dropped off at the appointed time at Metech Recycling, 500 W. 53rd Pl., in Denver. The fee is $5 per vehicle, $10 for each television or monitor. Ask about the fee structures for other electronics, including laptops, keyboards, printers, fax machines and monitors.

Items that will be accepted include televisions, monitors, CPUs, laptops, printers, scanners, faxes, keyboards, mice, stereos, external hard drives & storage devices, cellular phones, telephones, DVRs, VCRs, digital cameras, video recorders, MP3 players, video game consoles, wires, cables and some small appliances. Items that will NOT be accepted include air conditioners, refrigerators, large appliances, coffee makers, vacuums, blenders, humidifers, toasters, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, pressurized canisters, oil or gas devices, fluorescent bulbs, neon signs, car batteries, small button batteries or household batteries. The event is open to Denver residents only. No commercial or business recycling. Be prepared to show proof of your Denver residency.

Volunteer For Home Tour & Street Fair

The Park Hill Home Tour & Street Fair planning committee is hard at work gearing up for the 39th annual event, which will take place in September. Keep an eye out for the date to be announced by the end of April. Organizers are always looking for dedicated individuals to help on the planning committee, volunteers for the day of the event, and homes to feature on future tours. If you have interest in volunteering or if you would like to nominate a home (including your own), contact Lana Cordes at lana@denversweethome.com.

Registration Open For July 4 Parade

Registration is open for the 8th annual Park Hill 4th of July Parade. The 2017 parade will occur beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. The parade route will again be on 23rd Avenue from Dexter Street to Krameria Street in Park Hill. Staging will begin at 12:30 p.m. for all participants. If you are looking for ways to make your entry more fun and festive, please check out photos from previous events at the Park Hill Parade Facebook page.

If your organization is interested in sponsoring the parade, check out the sponsor info on the website.

Visit parkhillparade.org to sign your group up today. Participation in the parade is always free! See you on the 4th!

Screenagers: The Movie

DSST: Conservatory Green at 8499 E. Stoll will host a showing of “Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age” on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-dsst-conservatory-green-2122. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and students will be selling concessions to help fund student activities at CG. There will also be a discussion period after the one-hour movie. The film covers internet, video game and social media use by pre-teens and teenagers and how parents can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. The movie reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to navigate the digital world to find balance. The movie is geared towards all parents and kids in 5th-9th grade, but can be valuable to children aged 10 and up. Visit www.screenagersmovie.com for more information.

Fiesta For A Little Help

The nonprofit group “A Little Help” is holding its annual fund-raiser on Thursday, May 4.  A Little Help works with seniors – giving them literally a little help – so they can stay in their homes for as long as possible. The fundraiser, Fiesta de Mayo, is at Space Gallery  at 400 Santa Fe Dr. from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy margaritas, or beer and wine, gourmet Mexican food provided by Appetites Catering, unique auction items including experiences and artwork, and live music. The event is being hosted by retired 9NEWS anchor Gregg Moss. Check out alittlehelp.org/events/fiesta/


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