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Watts Earth Day 2018

LOS ANGELES, C.A. -- Tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, the Watts Clean Energy and Air Committee will host their inaugural Earth Day Celebration at Watts City Hall The centerpiece of the event will be the groundbreaking of the MegaWatts Solar Project, a 6 kilowatt solar installation that is the first phase of a larger project to bring solar power to the community. The panels will be installed by GRID Alternatives on the north structure of the Church and will generate enough electricity to cover 85% of St. John’s average utility bill. The celebration will also feature informational booths, a teach in about home gardening and recycling in Watts, and speeches from leaders in South LA.

What: The Watts Clean Air and Energy Committee presents Earth Day 2018

When: Saturday, April 20 from 10:00AM-3:00PM

Where: Watts District Office
        1513 E. 103rd St.
        Los Angeles, CA 90002 
        Phone: (323)-568-2083

Who: Speakers include:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commissioner Bill Funderburk

GRID Alternatives Executive Director for Greater Los Angeles Michael Kadish

St. John’s United Methodist Church Pastor Larry Dozier

Sierra Club National Board Vice President Susana Reyes

Watts Clean Energy and Air Committee member Shirley Gamble
Watts Neighborhood Council member Mac Shorty

Attendees enjoy a free lunch while children participate in arts and crafts at the Watts Earth Day Event. (Photo: Adrianna Robakowski)

“It means a lot to me, the community,” Frazier said. “This is something I have always longed to be a part of, to partner with other community members to enhance our community, to have better things for our community, to educate our community on who they are.”

The United Methodist Church in Watts hasn’t announced yet when the new community garden on its property will be up and running. But introducing their plans at the first annual Earth Day event was the seed to set the process in motion, and with care from the community, the hope is that it will thrive.