PCC Desert Vista Campus

PCC Desert Vista Campus

courtesy of Pima Community College

Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus is celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, with a day of free activities, food and presentations, plus a talk by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

Mayor Rothschild will speak and answer questions starting at 2 p.m. Presentations by such groups as Slow Food Southern Arizona, Sustainable Tucson and Watershed Management Group will take place in the Ocotillo Room in the Pueblo Building, the H-110 in the Mesa Building and F122 in the Plaza Building. The presentation schedule, which still is being finalized, is:

 The fair also will offer live music and a blessing of the earth, as well as exhibits on the Patio, in the Cafeteria and adjacent to the Campus Garden by various groups, including Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage), Pima County Food Alliance, Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and Tucson Electric Power. In addition, PCC's Center for Training and Development Culinary and Food Industry Training Program students will offer samples of mesquite muffins and tepary bean salads that they have prepared, as well as some indigenous foods.

According to Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.

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