From South Park to the Kansas University campus, Lawrence residents will be getting down to earth in coming days.
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, which is Sunday, local activities are being planned to fit in with the national theme of Earth Day 1990: "Think globally, act locally."
Lawrence environmentalists say they hope the celebration will influence local citizens to think more about Earth.
Mike Horan, a KU senior and president of the campus environmental group Environs, said he hoped there will be a big turnout for Earth Day activities in Lawrence.
"We hope that a lot of people will come to all of the activities," Horan said. "Hopefully everyone will learn something about the environment. But it's not a one-day type of thing. We hope that everyone will continue to live in the spirit of Earth Day, because everything people do has an effect on Earth."
Pat Marvin, recycling coordinator for the city, also said she's hoping that the events would make people think. She said Earth Day should be the day that people start dedicating themselves to doing something more for the environment.
ALTHOUGH THE celebration centers on Earth Day, not all of the events in Lawrence will take place Sunday. Events are planned throughout the week, leading up to the Earth Day festival at South Park, which will be from noon to 5 p.m. Rainout date for the festival is April 29.
Several local groups are sponsoring activities at the festival, which will feature educational displays by about 35 local organizations and businesses and departments of city government. There will be live music, local arts and crafts, children's activities and refreshments.
Highlights include folk music and a parade that will start at Buford Watson Jr. Park at 2 p.m. The parade will end at South Park, where participants will join the festival.
Other festival activities include a speech by environmental architect Victor Papanek, a program on mushrooms by Bruce Horn and a presentation by the local Recycling Task Force.
Community organizations planning informational displays include Environs, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Youth in Action, Kansas Natural Resources Council, the Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods, Wildcare, the U.S. Geological Survey, Bluestem Energy Co-op, Amnesty International, the Lawrence Humane Society, National Organization of Women and the Wakarusa River Greens.
FOLLOWING is a schedule of local activities that are related to Earth Day.
TODAY: 7 p.m. Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. A forum titled "Successful Environmental Campaigns: Local Groups Do Make a Difference." The forum will include a discussion of campaigns for recycling, finding alternatives to Styrofoam and ending incineration of chemicals and other wastes. It is sponsored by KU Democrats.
7 p.m., 300 Strong Hall. A debate on ozone depletion, co-sponsored by KU Democrats and KU Republicans.
7:30 p.m. Presbyterian Manor, 14th and Kasold. "The Environment and the 1990 Farm Bill," Jerry Jost, Kansas Rural Center. The forum will be sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society.
7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free State Brewery, 636 Mass. Pancake breakfast with proceeds to benefit Kansas Natural Resource Council.
9:30 a.m. Wildflower Walk. Sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society. For more information, call Joyce Wolf at 749-3203. Other field trips include a program on butterflies and bees at 12:30 p.m. and a program on shore birds at 4 p.m. Participants need to pre-register for the field trips.
10 a.m. Clinton Reservoir Cleanup. Meet at 10 a.m. at Overlook Park. For more information, contact Jackie Hurst at 843-7665.
1 p.m. Rails to Trails Walk. Sponsored by Landon Trail Coalition. For more information, call 842-3458.
9:45 a.m. Information fairs at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vt., and First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.
10 a.m. Flint Hall, Kansas University. The 21st Century Society will sponsor a rally and organizational meeting.
Noon to 5 p.m. South Park. Earth Day festival.
2 p.m. Earth Day parade from Buford Watson Jr. Park to South Park. Parade will begin at Seventh and Kentucky and end at South Park. For more information, contact Bruce Blanc at 841-0662.
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kansas University's Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Anthropology will feature activities related to nature for Museum Day, an annual celebration of museums' contributions to communities and their role in preserving natural and cultural heritage.
5:30 p.m. Douglas County Fairgrounds. Community dinner and program. Local organizations will make presentations from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Scott Campbell will speak about "Eagles on the Wind" at 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY
The Jayhawk Audubon Society will sponsor a series of seminars at the Lawrence Public Library. All of the seminars will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Monday: "The Last Biology Lecture," Thor Holmes.
Tuesday: "Sacred Ground, Sacred Sky," Dan Dancer.
Wednesday: "Natural Landscaping," Gus Vander Hooven.
Thursday: "Americans and the Land," Donald Worster.
Pywacket's, 10 E. Ninth. "Prairie Night."
7:30 p.m. KU's Dyche Hall. "Planting in the Dust," poetry sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kansas River area cleanup at three sites. Contact Patricia Marvin at 842-7385.