Celebrates Trails & Rivers; Explores Climate Change
Originally settled by pioneers in the late 19th century, small towns and cities scattered throughout rural Utah are gateways to some of America’s most magnificent public lands. Over the past dozen years, Amazing Earthfest has helped bring awareness to their unique position as desirable places for people who love natural beauty to relocate. By celebrating national and state parks, national forests, monuments, and public lands in a seven day festival of learning, arts, and outdoor adventure featuring over 30 events, one small city, Kanab, Utah, is becoming a destination for people interested in quiet, self-directed exploration, and emerging environmental and sustainability awareness.
Themes for the 12th Annual Amazing Earthfest 2018, taking place May 13-19, include commemorating the 50th anniversaries of the National Historic and Scenic Trails Act, and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, along with immersion in some of the darkest night skies to be found anywhere in the lower forty-eight. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nationaltrailssystem/index.htm. With adventurous hikes and bike rides, informative lectures, music, and star parties, Earthfest helps re-establish spiritual connections to the natural world that are so essential for holistic fulfillment. Kanab’s bakeries, galleries, and restaurants supply the nourishment, artistic and gastric, to go the distance!
And what may our changing climate hold in store for the beloved red rock landscapes we celebrate at Earthfest? Are our cherished public lands, and all the wild creatures that live on them secure?
Drought, insect damage, wildfire, heavy downpours, and flooding are occurring with greater frequency in the high desert regions of the Intermountain West. The state of Utah forms the heart of this region. What other trends are likely to manifest across the Colorado Plateau in a steadily warming world? The Plateau is home to an astonishing number of parks, forests, monuments, wilderness areas, historic and scenic trails, and districts of public land with world-class cultural, wildlife, geophysical, scenic, and recreational resources. What impacts might America’s federally managed estate likely anticipate for animal and plant species, timber and rangelands, water resources, recreation, and rural economies? What would a proactive response look like for Utah? How can we help craft one?
Sunday, May 13, volunteers from the worldwide Climate Reality Project, an organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore to inspire and quicken the transition to renewable sources of energy, offer ideas, and perspective at our opening event exploring sustainability concepts for the 21st century. A Climate Reality leader will deliver the keynote address, describing the state of the climate change movement across the world and how you can get involved. Don’t miss southern Utah’s 12th Annual Amazing Earthfest.