Columbia Gorge Climate Action Network (CGCAN) is coordinating a series of Earth Day events on Saturday, April 25 in Hood River to celebrate and connect Columbia Gorge residents around Earth awareness. The morning will start at the Hood River Waterfront Park near the playground area at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and gathering circle. Following this will be a riverside clean up along the banks of the Hood River under the direction of Columbia Riverkeeper from 10 a.m. to noon. All are invited to meet at the Hood River Spit parking area with gloves in hand.
At 11 a.m. at the Hood River Waterfront Park playground, the Mama Bears (MamaBearProject.com) will focus a Procession of the Species in costume or in the spirit of a being you are drawn to represent. This is an activity where even younger children can join everyone in the awareness of our responsibility to steward the planet for all beings. This will transition to a parade lead by the Hood River Valley High School Climate Club at noon that will journey from the playground area through Hood River to the Riverside United Church of Christ at 4th and State Streets. All are welcome to join in.
Lunch will be served for participants at 12:30 p.m. at the church, and materials from Earth centered businesses and organizations will be available to connect people with ongoing ways to be involved in our local community.
At 2 p.m., photographer and naturalist Darryl Lloyd will share a remarkable collection of photos and stories about climate effects on Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood. Following this, wildlife biologist Bill Weiler will present “Global Warming in the Gorge: Potential Impacts to Fish and Wildlife, and Hopeful Solutions.” Earth inspired activities for children will be provided by Generation Earth during these afternoon programs.