Posted May 5, 2016 by Indy Quillen. Categories:
On Saturday April 30th, DPC was delighted to participate in the El Centro Southwest High School inaugural Earth Day Event, put on by Southwest High’s student group, Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP). LEAP’s founder Frances Nicklin, a Southwest High School senior, invited us to set up a table informing attendees about the wonders of the desert. Most popular at our display table was the “desert matching game” whereby children (and their parents) matched the correct name of desert plants and animals onto our display board.
We chatted with a good number of Imperial Valley residents about their environmental and social justice concerns. There were a few lively discussions about the alternative types of renewable energy production, including the impacts of industrial-scale desert solar and wind development on desert habitat, plants, animals and air quality.
We exchanged ideas and information with representatives of other organizations as well, including the El Centro Wastewater Division, Comite Civico del Valle, the El Centro Community Garden people, the Crafty Recyclables table, and a member of the Imperial Irrigation District.
We also enjoyed hearing the concerns of high school and college students. It was heartening to listen to their eloquent expressions of desires to implement actions to protect and preserve the resources we have for future generations.
The range of groups displaying their materials and offering ideas to help protect mother earth was excellent. A school garden manager talked to folks about ‘waste diversion’ and demonstrated how to turn green waste into compost. Children were able to plant seedlings in small pots of composted soil to take home with them.
In conversations with LEAP members, they expressed enthusiasm about participating in desert hiking with us next fall. Nothing can beat a walk in the desert for increasing awareness and enjoyment of the desert’s magnificent, restorative beauty…and for developing new desert protectors!