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Earth Day activities set sights on ecology and the environment

A Film Festival and Insect Fair highlight Riverside Earth Day observances.

"Picture Perfect, Riverside"looking northwest to the San Gabriels from Canyon Crest (Robert Sirotnik).

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970. Set aside as a day of education and action, thousands of organized events worldwide focus on environmental issues and solutions. Riverside celebrates Earth Day 2024 with the annual Insect Fair in the breezeway at the Main Library. The Insect exhibits and bug-centered activities attract thousands of people every year. Bugs are a creepy, fun way to introduce kids to ecology and help to demystify the yucky creatures by focusing on the essential functions they serve in the ecosystem.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival will stop at RCC on Friday, April 19, during Earth Day weekend. Ten films from around the world focusing on Nature and ecology will be screening at the Digital Library Theater. The event is open to the public; tickets can be purchased here.

Earth Day is also great for using your Riverside Public Utilities voucher for a free shade tree. Due to the Asian Citrus Psyllid, citrus trees are not available for purchase, but there are plenty of other options. The voucher was included in your March billing statement. A copy of the voucher can be found on the RPU website if you use paperless billing.

Correction - April 18, 2024 – An earlier version of the story cited the Oriental Fruit Fly, not the Asian Citrus Psyllid, as the reason for citrus trees being exempt from voucher redemption.