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Wausau’s Earth Day celebration set

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Wausau’s second annual Earth Day Celebration will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 22 at Marathon Park.

The celebration will begin with the dedication of an oak tree by Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger. Following the dedication,  the gathering will walk from the park to the Wausau YWCA, 613 North 5th Street, where the celebration will continue with speakers and refreshments. No prior registration for the event or the walk is required, and there is no fee for participation.

Private transportation will be available back to Marathon Park after the event; a sign-up sheet will be available at the YWCA.

The keynote speaker will be Scott Coenen, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Conservative Energy Forum and former aide to State Senator Howard Marklein. Mr. Coenen’s topic will be  “Keeping Wisconsin Competitive in the New Alternative Energy Economy”.

Other speakers will address composting techniques, the PACE Program designed to create business loans to install solar panels, the effects of climate change on farming, and “Driving My electric Car,” a  talk about exploring and enjoying electric car ownership.

Highlights of the event include a performance by the Hmong dance troupe, Nkauj Hmoob Paj Tshua Nplaim, and a display of electric cars in the Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot across the street from the YWCA where electric car owners will be available for questions.

Egg rolls will be sold by the Hmong dance troupe as a fundraiser; beverages and cookies will also be available as refreshments.

Sponsors of the event include Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Wausau/Marshfield Chapter, Citizen Action of Wisconsin/North Central Organizing Co-op, and the YWCA of Wausau.

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