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The Tech Celebrates Earth Day, April 19

Press Release Date 
Thursday, 10 April, 2003
Environmental sustainability encompasses everything from the basic needs of earth's most primitive species to more complex issues like the social implications of global warming. Explore your place on earth and discover how you can help sustain it with a day of activities and speakers provided by The Tech, Coral Reef Alliance, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, NBC11, Surfrider Foundation, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Santa Clara Air Quality Resource Team and Monterey Bay Aquarium. More information available at www.thetech.org/earthday.

· Start by riding your bike or taking VTA Buses or Light Rail to The Tech. Save $1 off gallery admission by showing your VTA pass or bike valet parking ticket.

· Experience Smogzilla, a performance that highlights the role air quality plays in our environment and teaches kids why clean and healthy air is important. Conducted by The National Theatre for Children, and produced by The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the 25-min performance starts at 12:15 p.m.

· Check out clean fuel vehicles like electric scooters, cars and trucks. Find out about Flexcar's innovative car-sharing program.

· Become an advocate for the day with opportunities to influence lawmakers who are working on environmental policy.

· An evening benefit for The Tech and Coral Reef Alliance features a screening of The Tech's new IMAX film, Coral Reef Adventure, hosted by William Shatner, with special guests Howard and Michelle Hall (stars of the film). Air District Board Member and Sunnyvale Mayor Julia Miller discusses the causes and health effects of air pollution and what individuals and organizations can do to prevent it. Talk begins at 1 p.m. Special guest speakers, Howard and Michele Hall, Director of Underwater Photography/Production Manager of The Tech's new IMAX film, Coral Reef Adventure, share their experiences in film and with marine wildlife. Talk begins at 2 p.m. Tanya Streeter, World Champion Freediver breaking both the women's and men's No Limits Freediving World Records and the Variable Ballast record, shares stories of extreme diving. Talk begins at 3 p.m. When: Saturday, April 19, 2003 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. All activities are free with paid gallery admission to The Tech.

Where: The Tech Museum of Innovation 201 S. Market St., Downtown San Jose

Located in downtown San Jose, CA, The Tech Museum of Innovation, a non-profit organization, engages people of all ages and backgrounds in exploring and experiencing the technologies affecting their lives and aims to inspire the young to become innovators in the technologies of the future. For more information, www.thetech.org or (408) 294-TECH.