Earth Day celebrated at college |

Earth Day celebrated at college

Chilly weather Tuesday couldn’t stop the Lake Tahoe Community College Environmental Club’s second annual celebration of Mother Earth.

From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., LTCC was filled with live music, informative speeches and booths providing various information about the environment. And though snow flurries kept participants indoors for most of the day, there was a “Whole Earth Celebration Circle” outside. Participants held hands, as environmentalist Hillary Bittman gave thanks to the Earth.

Her husband, keynote speaker Stewart Bittman, presented “Healing the Planet Through Healing Ourselves.”

“Stew’s whole thing is if we’re more aware of our internal environment, more balanced with it, then we’d be more in tune with our external environment,” Hillary Bittman said. “If we are more loving with ourselves, then we’ll make more loving choices.”

Stewart Bittman said the Earth Day celebration provided a “great, little sense of community.”

“We are here as the divine spark and everybody’s got gifts and talents that they’re meant to share and give away,” he said. “Remember, every choice we make, everything we do, everything we say, affects everything, which in turn, affects us. Start working within to find the answers.”

Bittman had some advice to offer people who want to make a change.

“Live your passion. Live your purpose,” he said. “Don’t worry about what’s in it for you. For some people that’s a real (challenge,) but it is possible.”

Local environmental organizations and businesses, including the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Sierra Club, Tahoe Wilderness Institute, Tahoe Hemp Company, Meek’s and Alpen Sierra Coffee Company took part in the event.

In addition, Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe, Rude Brother’s Bagel and Coffee Haus and Alpensong Healing Arts donated prizes.

For those who missed out on Tuesday, there is still a chance to participate in Earth Day festivities.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe and other groups have organized an event on April 22 at South Tahoe Middle School.

April 22 marks Earth Day’s 30th year as a nationally recognized event.

For more information, call (530) 541-5388.

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