Northwest Campus to host Earth Day activities April 21

By Laura Halverson

If you haven’t gone green, now is the time with Earth Day just around the corner on April 22.

Pima Community College Northwest Campus will host its annual Earth Day activities on Wednesday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Denise Meeks, science department chair at Northwest Campus, said the campus Earth Day events in April and Earth Science Day activities in October help promote environmental awareness.

“The events provide our campus community and the public with opportunities to learn about protecting planet Earth,” she said.

Organizations that participate provide information about the desert ecosystem, including water, air, night skies, plants and animals.

April 21 Earth Day event participants can look through solar telescopes, ride a bike that generates electricity, taste food cooked in a solar oven, use the Northwest Campus giant sun dial and learn about bike safety.

Students can also find out more about majors in science, technology, engineering, technology and math. In addition to PCC representatives, advisers will be on hand from University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Phoenix.

For additional details, call Meeks at 206-2247 or e-mail demeeks@pima.edu.

Other area events that will celebrate Earth Day include the 16th annual Tucson Earth Day Festival and Cyclovia Tucson.

The Tucson Earth Day Festival will be held Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Reid Park. The free festival features hand-on activities, displays, music, dance and food. For additional information, visit tucsonearthday.org.

Cyclovia Tucson will take place Sunday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of Bike Fest 2010. A five-mile loop of city streets near the University of Arizona will be closed to cars so people can socialize and enjoy non-motorized transportation. For further details, visit cycloviatucson.com.

Tucsonans, including PCC student Andrea Rumic, participated in Earth Hour on March 27 at 8:30 p.m. Earth Hour encourages people across the globe to turn off their lights for one hour to conserve energy.

“I went to bed early and turned off all my lights to help do my part,” Rumic said.

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