This story comes from THE WATCH
MONTROSE – Earth Day will be observed around the globe next Monday, April 22. In honor of the occasion, the City of Montrose has lined up a whole week’s worth of events celebrating its commitment to a cleaner, greener, healthier community and planet.
A loosely knit committee of individuals representing local entities, ranging from municipal government and environmental groups to the Montrose Botanic Gardens and Montrose Regional Library, has been gathering over the past several months to organize Earth Week Montrose 2013.
Get in a green frame of mind this Saturday, April 20, when local Girl Scouts and environmental advocates will be on hand at local shopping centers including Wal-Mart, both City Markets and Safeway, encouraging shoppers to forego single-use plastic bags and giving away reusable cloth bags.
While most folks are familiar with the environmental refrain, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” Lori Syme (Montrose’s “Bag Lady”) said she prefers to use another “R” word: “Refuse.”
“I’m tired of the rest of it,” she said. “Nothing goes away. Once you have made a plastic bag, it doesn’t disintegrate. If you just refuse it in the beginning, then you don’t have to wonder what else to do with it.”
Saturday, April 20 is also a free day at Montrose County Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a free community shred day at both Alpine Bank locations in Montrose (2770 Alpine Drive and 1400 E. Main Street) from 8-10:30 a.m. Limit five boxes per person.
Earth Week shifts into high gear on Monday, April 22 with an opening ceremony at Centennial Plaza at noon. Each day of the week through Saturday, April 27, there will be inspiring daily lectures and children’s book readings at the Montrose Regional Library with themes ranging from water conservation to recycling, “Connect with Nature” activities at Montrose Botanical Gardens, and a free mini-film festival with different environmentally themed movies screened each night at either the Montrose Pavilion or Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store Barn at 1601 North Townsend Avenue.
Among the featured movies will be Bag It, a light-hearted and eye-opening look at how single-use plastics are affecting our health and the health of the planet. This film will be screening on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion. Producer Michelle Hill will be on hand for a Q&A afterwards to help those in the audience process what they have just seen.
Additionally, Chico Bag swag (duffels, backpacks, etc.) will be given away as prizes for those who ace a “quick quiz” geared toward measuring filmgoers’ single-use plastic IQ.
The complete Earth Week movie schedule includes Earth Days (Monday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Habitat Re-Store Barn); Bag It (Tuesday, 6 p.m., Montrose Pavilion); Living Downstream (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Habitat Re-Store Barn); No Impact Man (Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Habitat Re-Store Barn); and The Lorax (Friday, 6 p.m., Montrose Pavilion).
Admission is by donation for all screenings, with funds benefitting the Community Green Improvement project. Filmgoers are asked to bring their own chairs and a blanket or jacket for the screenings at the Re-Store Barn. Post-movie discussion will take place outdoors around a fire pit while roasting marshmallows.
As part of the Earth Week festivities, the City of Montrose sponsors its annual Spring Cleanup, Thursday through Saturday. Residents can drop off waste at a site located on the San Juan Bypass, directly across the street from the Sunrise Peak apartments. (Look for signs.) In previous years, city street crews collected acceptable items placed curbside throughout Montrose. This year, items must be brought to this single collection point on April 25 and 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Electronic waste will be accepted as well. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of e-waste items prior to the July 1, 2013 statewide ban of e-waste disposal at landfills.
Finally, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to visit to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison for free from Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26 as part of National Park Week during which there is no entry fee at all national parks.
Visit www.watchnewspapers.com or www.cityofmontrose.org/earthweek for a complete Earth Week Montrose 2013 schedule.