October/November Events at Kanab’s 14th Amazing Earthfest 2020

The nonprofit Amazing Earthfest, based in Kanab, celebrates land and life on the Colorado Plateau through it’s 14th annual festival of learning, discovery and the arts. This year’s festival is being delivered entirely online to keep participants safe from Covid 19. All activities are described in detail at www.amazingearrthfest.org where you can register for free to attend the events you choose.

For October and November, Amazing Earthfest delves into the climate crisis, perhaps the single most important issue of our time, and one that is seriously affecting Utah’s public lands.

Deepen your understanding of the world’s climate crisis with an important conversation recorded at the Post Carbon Institute and a TED Talk by the renowned climate scientist and woman of faith,Katharine Hayhoe.

Most of us understand that humanity will only be able to address the climate crisis if we all work together. But how can we engage with people whose values, background, or interests we share, but who aren’t currently invested in tackling the climate emergency? In United by the Climate Crisis, Dr. Hayhoe explores ways to discover common ground with uncommon allies by sharing stories of introducing climate science to people who, on the surface, seemed too disinterested to engage with the issues. Learn how to make connections in unexpected places, and why it’s crucial to unite beyond politics, religion, and culture to address the climate crisis. 

How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years, says this climate scientist. In her inspiring, pragmatic TED talk, The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Fight Climate Change, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion — and to prompt people to realize that they already care about the changing climate.  “We can’t give in to despair,” she says.  “We have to go out and look for the hope we need to inspire us to act — and that hope begins with a conversation, today.”

After watching the online climate presentations, hop on Zoom at 7:00 PM Mountain Time for an Amazing Earthfest audience discussion of each on October 17 and November 8 respectively.

Continuing through November, Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory and the University of Utah South Physics Observatory collaborate with Amazing Earthfest to bring you two fascinating astronomy presentations, scheduled for and beginning at 6:00 PM, Mountain Time, on Facebook.

Sunday, October 18, The Dark Side of Light Pollution explores sky glow over cities around the West. Learn the adverse effects of the ordinary light pollution we experience each night as it impacts human health and safety, wildlife, science, and the economy. Discover simple steps you can take to help!

On Sunday, November 17, Deep Sky Imaging with Astrophotography, explores what the night sky has to offer in ways that your eyes simply cannot see. We’ll use the University of Utah’s 32-inch high precision fork mounted Cassegrain telescope atop 9,600-foot Frisco Peak in Utah’s West Desert at the Willard Eccles Observatory to peer deep into the cosmos at a few select objects, obtain images, and view details our own eyes never could. We’ll discuss the best amateur class telescopes and cameras for viewing the night sky and taking photos right from home. This event will be re-scheduled if weather is cloudy.

Paul Ricketts, director of the South Physics Observatory (SPO) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and the department of Physics and Astronomy’s Interpretive Specialist in astronomy, will deliver the programs.

Kanab’s nonprofit Stellar Vista Observatory provides weekly sky reports. Visit www.stellarvistaobservatory.org to learn more about its exciting initiative to build and operate an educational astronomical observatory in Kanab. Amazing Earthfest online events require registration to attend. Visit the Amazing Earthfest website or Facebook page for details and links. Consider a voluntary donation to support this unique educational festival!

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Amazing Earthfest delivers 16 free virtual events this year over Zoom and Vimeo, beginning May 7 and running through May 15, for your learning enjoyment in five distinct categories; arts and culture, community, documentary film, outdoor adventure, science and land,…

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