It's Earth Day / Stand Up For Science Day

By George Ruger

April 22 is designated as Earth Day, and celebrations are taking place all over the state and country as people recognize how important the environment is to our overall health and happiness.  Right here in the Hudson Valley, organizations are rallying the troops to get out into nature, enjoy its beauty, and even help make our scenery a little more clean and green.

Scenic Hudson is sponsoring an Earth Day cleanup in Beacon from 10-2pm for those who want to help clean up the shoreline.   http://www.scenichudson.org/event/earth-day-cleanup-2017-04-22-140000-2017-04-22-180000

In the Newburgh area, Safe Harbors of the Hudson will host their 7th annual Newburgh Community Cleanup, with registration starting at 8am and teams going out starting at 9am.  Safe Harbors looks to inspire the community to help keep Newburgh clean and green.  After the event there will be a post-cleanup barbecue.  Start/Finish at Safe Harbors of the Hudson, 111 Broadway, Newburgh.   http://www.safe-harbors.org/events/newburgh-community-cleanup-2017/            =

In the New Paltz area, an Earth Day Fair is scheduled at the Reformed Church of New Paltz, 92 Huguenot St. from 11 to 4pm.  Educational programs and child friendly activities are planned.  http://www.ulstercountyalive.com/calendar/15th-annual-earth-day-fair-new-paltz

Many towns have events planned, so check out what your town is doing and consider taking part.  Or feel free to take a nature walk and see the beauty around you.  Perhaps you have gotten too busy to notice.

In addition to Earth Day celebrations taking place, there is also a movement to recognize the importance of science in our lives.  The March For Science was originally planned to take place in Washington D.C.  However, the movement has gained momentum and events are planned in many cities around the country.  From San Francisco to Boston, Washington D.C. to right here in our very own Hudson Valley. 

In February, I had the opportunity to attend an annual meeting in Boston at the Hynes hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the primary sponsors of the D.C. based March For Science. Part of the event focused on Family Science Days, where over the weekend 50 organizations sponsored tables with hands on activities for kids.  Check out young scientist, Natalie, in the headlining photo.

The March For Science- Hudson Valley is scheduled to begin at 2pm, starting at 253 Main St. in Poughkeepsie.  Taken from their Facebook page - In addition to a march, we are organizing a Science Teach-in at Waryas Park. The goal of the Teach-in is to create an environment in which people can learn about science in a relaxed, largely informal way. There are two parts to the Teach-in: tables and activities, and Free Range Science Q&A.  To learn more about the event, check out their page - https://www.facebook.com/events/632990203567761/

Headlining Photo: Natalie Warner trying out science experiments at AAAS meeting in Boston.