By Marlena Chavira-Medford
The city of Solana Beach and its Clean and Green committee are hosting a month-long series of events in celebration of March Sustainability Month.
“This event is meant to engage residents, and help them understand that the choices we make today impact the environment we get tomorrow — and we only have one chance to get it right,” said Lane Sharman, chair of the city’s annual event.
This year, the Clean and Green committee has decided to target local youths, and designed the programming with them in mind.
“We feel the environment is a multi-generational asset that we borrow and need to hand over in as good of shape as it was handed to us. Many of us [on the Clean and Green committee] don’t feel the environment is being handed over in the same condition, and that more of our youth should be involved in the environmental movement.”
Several young people, he added, are unaware of how some current Solana Beach issues could affect their future.
“Many don’t even have the [Interstate-5] expansion on their radar. There is a major project coming down the road that would forever impact the quality of life in North County. Young people need to be part of that conversation. It’s their future too.”
Engaging the youth can indeed change the future, he said, pointing to the recent uprising of youth in Egypt.
“The youth there took their destiny in their hands and shaped a new one,” he said then added. “and even here, in the ’60s and ’70s the youth achieved cultural, social, and political changes through peaceful protest and becoming advocates.”
The hope is that by educating Solana Beach’s youth about issues such as global warming and pollution, the community will benefit from a new generation of environmentally -conscious leaders.
“Through this event, we hope lots of new seedlings emerge, so we can nurture them and watch them flourish.”
March Sustainability Events:
• Solana Beach Environmental Forum, Friday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.
Leaders from the private, public, educational and nonprofit sectors will meet young people in a one-on-one setting. There will be a panel discussion, awards, and a raffle, including a Firewire surfboard. Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Debin Hall, 120 Stevens.
• Skyline Goes Green, Thursday, March 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Skyline Elementary School will host students and parents for a lively program including a movie and teacher-student projects. Skyline Elementary School, 606 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.
• Kids’ Beach Clean Up, Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Several participating Solana Beach schools will join to clean the beach. Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave.
• Solana Beach Green Fair, Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Students and local businesses will exhibit their fun and relevant projects and services to the public. There will also be magicians and jugglers for entertainment. Fletcher Cove Park, 111 S. Sierra Ave.