We screw Mother Earth over every other day by dumping oil into the ocean and clear-cutting entire forests. And let's not get started on destructive delicacies like imported beluga caviar, which not only harms an entire species and the delicate food web to which it is essential but also has an environmental impact from transporting it half way around the world.
Why bother celebrating the Earth's bounty with one measly day? Instead, head to Visual Arts Collective on Friday, April 22, to stand in arms with those who also think that a one-day, Earth-centric celebration just isn't enough to save our beloved planet. Collapse Theater's Fuck the Earth night gets going at 8 p.m. with an absurd evening of theater, movies and music for only $5. More information at visualartscollective.com.
However, if you happen to think that acknowledging the impact consumers have is a good thing--and that Earth Day celebrations might just convince someone somewhere to reconsider their actions--we've got you covered.
The Trashion Show features up-cycled, reused and trashy duds. Hosted by the Volunteer Service Board and the Sustainability Club of Boise State, the evening also includes music by Finn Riggins and Red Hands Black Feet. Tickets are $3 or FREE for Boise State students and can be picked up at The Fixx or the Boise State info desk in the Student Union Building. The show starts at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Jordan Ballroom at Boise State.
But what about actually getting out and doing something for the Earth, you say? These two events will put you at one with nature--evidenced by the dirt under your fingernails afterward.
Head to The Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 23, to help clear weeds and litter from around the visitor's center and Lake Lowell. Light landscaping projects need to be done, too, so be sure to bring your work gloves. Call 208-467-9278 to register.
Or join the Golden Eagle Audubon Society and the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley to clean up the Black's Creek Reservoir area, which is home to wildlife and a variety of birds. Volunteers are meeting at the MK Nature Center at 9 a.m. on Earth Day to carpool to the area in Kuna. Plan on bringing gloves, a water bottle, a rake and sunscreen. The event will last until about 2 p.m. Register by emailing Sean Finn at firstname.lastname@example.org.