Sabrina Siegel

Eugene is celebrating Earth Day a little late this year. Organizers were forced to cancel the traditional event held at the downtown EWEB parking lot because of changes to the Eugene Springfield Fire Department's permit requirements. In response, activist Sabrina Siegel decided to celebrate the Earth in Alton Baker Park Saturday. She says this is a critical time for the planet.

Siegel: "Our leaders aren't caring about the planet, they're not caring about us, and they are not taking the necessary actions to preserve things and to turn things around."

Earth Day is back on. The annual Eugene event held downtown was canceled due to confusion over a tent permit advisory from the Eugene Springfield Fire Department. It is now under review. Sabrina Siegel says when she heard Earth Day was canceled; she contacted the City and reserved Alton Baker Park for April 25th.

Siegel: "I thought if any place there's going to be an Earth Day, it has to be Eugene. And so we want to have a really fun event with bands and excellent speakers and just have fun as a community and celebrate the Earth."

Photo by Desmond O'Boyle

About three hundred people attended a rally in downtown Eugene Saturday as part of a worldwide "March Against Monsanto" protest.

Concern has steadily grown over the use of Genetically Modified Organisms being used in farming practices. The agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto is the main proponent of such practices. The Oregon Senate has approved a bill limiting the ability for counties to ban the use of GMO's. Organizer and spokeswoman Sabrina Siegel says politicians need to stop taking money from big businesses.