For all those who might have missed Earth Day this year, there is a chance to make up for it.
This Saturday the Campus Center for the Environment (CCE) and the External Affairs Commission (EAC) will be kicking off their fourth annual Music on the Green event at Central Park from 5 to 8 p.m.
Several campus organizations including ASUCD and the CCE are working in partnership to put on the event, which is meant to promote environmental awareness among both the students and the community.
Sophomore political science major Brendan Repicky serves on the EAC of ASUCD and helped plan Music on the Green.
“We’re hoping for an event that will give students and members of the community a chance to relax and enjoy both local music and the beautiful spring weather of Davis,” Repicky said.
Music on the Green is a free event that will feature performances by Thao Nqyen, The Lounge Lizards, and Seamoose among others. There will also be several booths set up to educate people about green living and to provide entertainment like a sustainable children’s craft table. Food booths will also be set up to provide refreshments.
Environmental Policy and Planning Commission chair Darwin Moosavi said he hopes the event will bring unity to our community.
“Environmental issues are important to promote because they are often overlooked,” said Moosavi, sophomore environmental policy analysis and planning major. “The vital connection between our surroundings and our daily lives and ways of living is often lost or overlooked.”
The event encourages people to do tasks in a sustainable manner, such as by recycling and composting. To that end, the performing artists will speak about their own efforts in sustainability and encourage environmental advocacy in others.
EAC chair and junior political science and communication double major Dana Percoco said she enjoyed the diversity of the people working on this project.
“This was always going to be a project for EAC, but it has turned out even better now that all these different groups are working together,” Percoco said. “We want to bring environmental awareness to our community, and make the event bigger than it has been in years before.
First-year international agriculture major and CCE member, Andrew Carstens, said he was inspired to help out with the event in order to gain practical experience planning a student event and also out of appreciation for the environment.
“We hope to promote city and campus relations and environmental advocacy by having environmentally conscious entertainers, booths for city and campus advocacy groups, and zero waste efforts,” Carstens said. “I hope people will walk away motivated to compost.”
Sophomore political science major and EAC member Bihter Ozerdirne helped organize food vendors and worked with the city and county to get permits.
“Seeing everything come together has been really great,” Ozerdirne said. “So many people have been working on this event and it’s really exciting that it’s almost here.”
JANE TEIXEIRA can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.