Del Mar Foundation to debut event ‘New Earth Day Del Mar: Local Solutions for Global Issues’

Earth Day will be held at the Del Mar Powerhouse Community Center April 22.

The Del Mar Foundation is launching its newest community event on Saturday, April 22. In conjunction with traditional Earth Day celebrations around the world, the Del Mar Foundation will be staging its own event, New Earth Day Del Mar: Local Solutions for Global Issues at the Powerhouse Community Center. This will not be a small-scale beach cleanup and informal talk similar to what the Foundation has sponsored in past years. This new event will feature a fun, educational interactive program to appeal to all ages along with a healthy, environmentally sustainable dinner and snacks (along with local wines and beer) for attendees, all free of charge.

The program will begin at 4 p.m. Powerhouse Park will be filled with a variety of fun, interactive exhibits designed to educate young families about the importance of mitigating the effects of climate change and preserving a clean, safe environment. The family portion of the day will include games, experiments and challenges, as well as healthy snacks for the youngest citizens. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., the program turns more serious as event participants will head inside the Powerhouse for a roundtable discussion of the environmental challenges threatening the planet and courses of action. Experts from the following organizations, among others, will participate in the discussion: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Climate Action Campaign, Del Mar Lagoon and Sustainability Committees, Clean Water Program, Nature and Culture, San Dieguito Joint River Valley Conservancy, Bike/Walk Del Mar, and the Surfrider Foundation. Dinner will follow the discussion, along with an opportunity to speak to the experts individually.

New Earth Day Del Mar is the brainchild of former Foundation Special Events Chair Julie Maxey-Allison, long-time resident and community volunteer Bruce Bekkar, and current Foundation Special Events Chair Sandra Hoyle. Their committee has been hard at work for months to plan a program that will serve as a launch pad for future action. As Maxey-Allison explained, “We are all so fortunate to live in such beautiful surroundings. It is important to educate our community as to the threats to our environment, so that we can take action and preserve the beauty for future generations.”

Keep following the Del Mar Foundation’s Facebook page (@delmarfoundation) and Twitter (@delmarfound) for updates and registration information. All are invited to attend the event on April 22.