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Nevadans: Picnic or Protest on Earth Day

April 22, 2011

LAS VEGAS – Today (Friday) is Earth Day, and there's an easy way for Nevadans to get involved by getting outdoors and having a "Picnic for the Planet."

Bill Ulfelder of the Nature Conservancy says these picnics celebrate people's deepest connection to the planet – which is through our food. By filling your picnic basket with care and selecting locally-grown products, says Ulfelder, you will also be helping planet Earth.

"What we suggest people look for are things like organic foods, which are not made with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers; things that are fair-trade, which means that the producers of these foods are getting a fair wage."

In addition to helping the planet, Ulfelder says, you will also be helping yourself – studies show that getting outdoors helps keep people fit, increases attention span and even helps kids do better in school.

Earth Day is also an occasion to lodge protests in Nevada. Jane Feldman, conservation chair for the Sierra Club in southern Nevada, says her group will spend the day with a local Native American tribe, gathering letters protesting the planned expansion of a toxic coal-ash landfill.

"It impacts the health, especially of children with asthma, and it impacts especially the health of people who live very close to the coal plant. And those are the people on the Moapa Reservation, the Moapa Paiutes."

NV Energy contends the landfill will not have a significant impact on local water or air pollution. The Southern Nevada Health District's Board of Health is set to decide the fate of the expansion next Thursday.

For those Nevadans planning their picnics, Ulfelder suggests spending a few moments online before heading to the market, so you can make the smartest possible food choices.

"Making food choices can be tricky, so we're providing what we call a 'food decoder,' because when you go to the marketplace or the supermarket, sometimes it's hard to figure out, 'What should I be purchasing for myself, for my family?'"

Find the food decoder online at

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV