Like Everything Else in Texas, Earth Day Celebrations are BIG!

Source: flickr/jarche

Source: flickr/jarche

This coming Wednesday will be the 45th annual Earth Day, and its growth over the years has been nothing short of remarkable. It started as a 20 million person demonstration across America in 1970. And it is now the largest civic event in the world, with more than one billion participants in 192 countries.

In Texas, there will be a multitude of Earth Day events celebrating our green planet. Since Earth Day lands on a Wednesday, some events will happen before Earth Day and others will occur the following weekend. Here are a few events happening in central Texas:

Austin: The Capital of Texas is once again putting on its annual Austin Earth Day Festival, Saturday, April 18th from noon to 6pm at the Historic Browning Hanger. This event is free to the public and complete with drumming activities, an opportunity to hear major environmental figures speak, a Kid Zone, a chance to recycle your E-waste, and so much more. Austin Earth Day Festival is also a committed zero waste event.

There is another family friendly, Earth Day Fair in Austin at the Wildflower Church on Sunday afternoon, April 19. There will be tables by organizations like Save Our Springs, Faith Community Garden, Tecolote Farm, and more with information on a wide range of green topics. Activities for children and free food will  be available. 

Dallas: Texas’ largest city is putting on an all-day three day event, April 24, 25 and 26th at Fair Park, the heart of Dallas, and EDF is excited to participate! This free family-friendly event gathers corporations, academics, and nonprofits to talk to Texas families on why moving to a greener lifestyle can help save money, improve health, and benefit the environment. Other events include art exhibitions, eco-conferences, political leaders speaking, rides in Tesla cars, and more. While you are here, download the EDTx Event & State-Wide Environmental Information App. It engages Earth Day participants with current environmental information as well as the latest news, schedule, and maps for the event. Oh, and be sure to stop by EDF’s booth and say hello!

San Antonio: Alamo City will be celebrating Earth Day April 18, from 9am – 2 pm at Woodlawn Lake. Festivities will kick off with a 5K run and the rest of the day will be filled with music, dancing, vegetarian food, and educational booths on energy saving tips, proper recycling, water saving advice and more to help San Antonio citizens protect and preserve the environment.

El Paso: This West Texas city is celebrating Earth Day all month! El Paso has events all throughout the month of April to express its excitement for a clean, healthy world. The next event coming up is Party for the Planet at the El Paso Zoo, April 18th-19th.  It is cited at the largest combined Earth Day event in North America with games, activities, and special animal encounters. There is also an artist and farmers market downtown El Paso every Saturday of the month.

Take a moment to celebrate Earth Day this year – whether it is at an event in your city or in your own home. Recycle a water bottle, turn off an extra light, plant a flower, or talk to a friend about how you can be more sustainable. In the words of Lady Bird Johnson, “The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; is it the one thing all of us share.” Happy Earth Day!

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