Posted: April 4, 2000
Environmental concerns will be in the spotlight during upcoming events at California State University, Sacramento. Two weeks of activities will include a riverside cleanup project, the annual Earth Day celebration and a three-day wilderness conference.
At 8 a.m., Saturday, April 22, the University's Alumni Association will launch a restoration of Alumni Grove, a picnic area on the banks of the American River on campus. At least 50 volunteers are needed to help with clean up and to plant native trees along the riverbank. Work gloves are recommended but all other supplies will be provided. Volunteers can sign up by calling the Alumni Association at (916) 278-6295 or (800) SAC-GRAD.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., also on Saturday, April 22, up to 7,000 people are expected to attend a free Earth Day 2000 celebration in the University's main quad. Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader will kick off the event at 11 a.m. on the main stage. There'll be a human-powered vehicle parade, music by local favorites Mumbo Gumbo and plenty of food, including an organic Farmer's Market. There will also be more than 100 educational booths and displays, a wildlife stage, environmental films and speakers, and volcano and earthquake demonstrations by the University's geology department. For details, call (916) 480-4567 or visit www.earthdaysac.org.
And on May 5 - 7 the University will host the California Wilderness Conference in the University Union. Panel discussions will address such issues as the 1964 Wilderness Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Other topics to be discussed include grassroots organizing, land management issues and wilderness on the national level. For details call (916) 278-6620 or visit www.calwild.org/cwconf.
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