March 29, 2017

by Kristina Miller

For the Davis community, Earth Day is a big deal. Another big day for the Davis community? Picnic Day. This year, these two special celebrations land on the same date!

One of our most beloved traditions — the annual UC Davis Picnic Day — is the largest student run event in the nation. Over 200 events will take place on campus, like the Battle of the Bands, the Doxie Derby Race, the Chemistry Magic Show, the Fashion Show, and the opening morning parade.

Cool Davis will be participating in the morning parade with a float and signs promoting clean energy and environmental awareness.

PICNIC DAY 2016 Whole group
Picnic Day 2016 Cool Davis crew was the best!

Picnic Day, an event for all ages, is especially kid friendly with face painting, shirt tie-dying, and many more fun events for the whole family. This year’s theme is Growing Together which not only reflects UC Davis’s strides towards sustainability but also celebrates Earth Day. Find out more information about Picnic Day.

Earth Day, founded in 1970, continues to broaden and diversify each year, and the environmental movement has expanded worldwide to address the continuing climate crisis. The Earth Day theme this year, Environmental and Climate Literacy, reflects common goals to educate people around the world about the impacts of climate change, threats to our planet, and effective actions for environmental protection.

Event organizers believe that increasing education and awareness will encourage green voters to advance climate friendly laws and policies, as well as accelerate green technologies and jobs. Read more about the events this year at the Earth Day Network website.

March for Science

Earth Day is special this year for another reason dear to the Davis community. A first ever international Scientists March or March for Science will  follow in the footsteps of the Women’s March held January 21. The Scientists March is a volunteer effort with nearly 400 marches in 37 countries currently scheduled with more joining every day. The current list of supporting organizations is approaching 100 and growing.

The March for Science will release a series of videos centered around the theme of “Science Serves” to raise awareness about environmental issues and kick off the marches.

To donate or to find out more information about how to get involved in a local march visit the online site.

Earth Day Concert with MaMuse

Other events in Davis for Earth Day include a concert at Davis Community Church, a Cool Davis partner, on 412 C Street from 7pm-9pm (tickets $15) featuring Mamuse, a duo of brilliant and haunting harmony and an entire family of acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and flutes. These two powerful women embody a love for all of life! The synergy that is created is palpable.

MaMuse will be featured at an Earth Day concert at Davis Community Church April 22. Courtesy photo.

Despite the flurry of activity, our local Farmers Market will be held as usual that Saturday.

No matter where you are in Davis on April 22, 2017, there are sure a lot of fun events that you can be a part of!

Links to related articles on climate change and recent or upcoming local events:

Theological Ethicist Reveals Blueprint for Climate Action

Humphrey Fellows Awaken to Climate Change Adaptation

March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice on April 29