This Sunday is Earth Day, an annual observance where people all over the world focus on raising awareness of environmental issues. The first Earth Day was in 1970 and was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson in an effort to start a grass roots movement that would bring important issues like sustainability, saving energy and using less water to the forefront of peoples’ minds. Since then, this national observance has grown tremendously with 17,000 partners in 174 countries participating. According to the Earth Day Network, a non-profit that coordinates Earth Day activities, over 1 billion people are involved annually.
There are so many events to cover but we wanted to highlight a few that caught our eye. To learn more about additional events in your area visit www.earthday.org.
NYC Green Festival
The eco18.com team is very excited to be attending the first annual Green Festival to take place in New York City. The event will feature national and local speakers like Russell Simmons, Van Jones, Amy Goodman, Francis Moore Lappe, John Perkins, Katrina Van Den Heuvel and Dylan Ratigan. There will also be an eco-fashion show presented by Conscious Living TV, DIY workshops, an organic beer and wine pavilion, locally grown organic food and a unique marketplace of over 300 eco-friendly businesses.
Javits Center North (655 West 34th Street, New York, NY)
Saturday, April 21 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 22 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: $15 per day, $25 for a weekend pass (FREE admission for bike riders who park with bike valet!)
Earth Day on National Mall: Mobilize the Earth (Washington, D.C.)
This event, which is free and open to the public, is a great way to spend Earth Day with thousands of like minded people. The event will feature musical performances, guest speakers including government officials, members of Congress, athletes, celebrities and the organizer of the first Earth Day. There will also be interactive exhibits in the EcoVillage for attendees to check out. The event will take place at The National Mall , which is a park that stretches two miles and is situated between the White House, the U.S. Capital Building and the Lincoln Memorial.
The National Mall (7th Street Northwest, Washington D.C.)
Sunday, April 22 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Boulder’s 10th Annual Earth Day 5k
If you’re in the Boulder area and looking for a fun Earth Day activity the whole family can participate in, check out the annual Earth Day 5k. The race supports the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder, CO, which helps to empower the community to conserve resources. There is free alternative transportation to the race to cut down on cars on the road, and there will be prizes for all participants who go green. Following the event there is also a free Green Kids Run.
University of Colorado Research Park (4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO)
Sunday, April 22 10:00 am
Cost: $15 – $30
Tadasana International Festival of Yoga and Music
A day of yoga at the beach? Sign us up! The Tadasana International Festival of Yoga and Music will have 60 yoga teachers, 32 musical performances and 40 speakers for attendees to enjoy on Earth Day weekend. Besides enjoying yoga and musical performances, attendees can walk through the Eco-Village that will have over 70 vendors and refuel at the Organic Food Court. The festival is partnering with Sustainable Works to ensure a zero-waste event, complete with recycling, and composting and free transportation.
2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA
Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Cost: $99 per day
Comment below to let us know what you’ll be doing to celebrate Earth Day!