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“I Love Clean Air Day” this Thursday at Mobius

The Spokane EnviroKids are inviting families to celebrate Valentine’s Day and learn about the importance of clean air through fun, hands-on activities at the “I Love Clean Air Day” event this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mobius Science Center, 811 West Main Ave.

Activities include:

-Exploring what makes our air dirty.
-Investigating how air quality affects your health with pigs lungs that have been “exposed” to a lifetime of pollution.
-Learning how weather patterns can make our air dirty or clean with a tornado in a bottle activity and temperature inversion experiment.
-Discovering how trees can help keep the air clean.
-Identifying clean air actions families can take.
-Celebrating Valentine’s Day by recycling paper to make a valentine.

“I Love Clean Air Day” is an opportunity to tie-in environmental stewardship and science with the Valentine’s Day holiday, according to event coordinator Margee Chambers of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. “We enjoy teaching children, and ultimately their parents, about the world around them through fun, hands-on activities. When they understand the importance of clean air they might feel inspired to make choices that help our air,” states Chambers.

The Mobius Project dies on the vine…

Good evening, Netizens…

Let us look at the history of Mobius in retrospect for a moment. While the announcement much earlier today that the rocky marriage between the Spokane Park Board and Mobius was ending effective immediately, its failure demonstrates quite clearly the power of the Internet. For, without the groundswell of public dissension and controversy surrounding the Mobius Project, perhaps it would have gone forward, a flawed and dangerous precedent for the City of Spokane.

There were a multitude of questions surrounding not only the lease agreement, which would essentially pose questions of illegal gifting of public lands, but agreements being made in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act.

Were it not for the persistence and research done by a handful of ordinary citizens interested in the truth, the flawed agreement between Mobius and the Spokane Park Board might have moved forward.

This is not to suggest that Mobius is not still viable nor even desireable, no. It is just now that it is free-standing, not bound to the City of Spokane or its Park Board. For a better history and understanding of the issues involved, please read http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/dec/18/mobius-and-city-part-ways/ written by Shawn Vestal of the Spokesman-Review.