The City of Barstow held its Earth Day Celebration at the Barstow Discovery Center this past weekend. Residents of the city and surrounding areas were treated to exhibits and demonstrations that included solar cooking, recycling, backyard composting, sustainable living, desert animals and upcycling.
What is upcycling? If you were not able to attend you may not know. Upcyling is recycling useless material and waste with the purpose to create a new product that is of higher quality or higher environmental value.
One of the most popular attractions at the event was the baby tortoise. Mojave Desert tortoises are protected. It is illegal to disturb or capture them in the wild but adoption programs are available to help those already in captivity. Wild tortoise populations have been reduced by up to 90 percent in recent decades.
The Barstow Humane Society was on hand with some adorable dogs as part of its “Adopt a Pet” program. Several found their “furever” homes during the event.
Organizers were pleased with the turnout and those who attended seemed to enjoy themselves. To learn about other events sponsored by the City of Barstow, “like” their Facebook page and check it often. You can also follow city happenings on Twitter @CityofBarstow.