The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. We’ve come a long way since then, but we have a long way still to go, and lately the road seems to be a little up-hill. We will have an opportunity to reflect on how far things have come, and to learn about how to take the next steps, just in time for this year’s Earth Day.
The second annual Renewable Energy Festival will take place two weeks from now, Friday and Saturday 20 and 21 April, at Northern New Mexico College. It’s organized by Renewable Energy Action, a loose coalition of people mostly located in Rio Arriba County united by a shared concern for the environment. They set a concrete example of the principle “Think globally; act locally.”
Friday evening there is an opening kickoff event with a reception at 6:00 pm and entertainment beginning at 7:00: live performances by the flamenco company ‘La Emi’ y Compania, Justin Sanchez (winner of the 2017 Teen New Mexico Hispano Music Award), the Ohkay Owingeh Butterfly Dancers, and others.
Saturday there is breakfast and registration from 8:30 a.m., an opening keynote address at 9:30, and seminars beginning at 10 a.m. Topics include
- solarizing your home
- financing renewable energy systems
- how to make your house more energy-efficient
- community solar gardens
- renewable-energy legislation in New Mexico
- electric cars
The transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources will take some time and effort, but it will happen, either gracefully and with planning or abruptly and chaotically. This festival is a chance to learn how to make it graceful.
Information and a link to pre-register is available at the Renewable Energy Action NM web site, https://renewableenergyactionnm.org/.
Hope to see you there!