On Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Community Environment Council (CEC) hosts its 2017 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival at Alameda Park (1400 Santa Barbara St.).
Celebrating its 47th year, this festival is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country, and is presumed to be one of the largest Earth Day festivals on the West Coast, attracting national media, celebrity attention and local crowds.
On Sunday morning, a public forum and discussion concentrated on climate action and innovation will be hosted by LoaTree, inviting participants to listen, discuss and engage. In the days preceding the festival, CEC and its partners will provide a series of Earth Month events, including the yearly Earth Day Green Drinks hosted by LoaTree on March 29.
This event comes after Santa Barbara Earth Day won a sustainability award from FestForums Conference, a bi-annual festival industry conference held in New York and Santa Barbara, demonstrating the festival’s greening efforts, such as demanding that all food vendors use locally grown ingredients, annually recycling or composting more than 93% of all waste, and reducing overall waste by almost 30% in 2016 by means of water refill stations and reusable beer cups.
CEC shared the FestForums stage with famed groups, including Jack and Kim Johnson, who also received a 2016 sustainability award. Drawing over 30,000 people in 2016, the Earth Day festival features celebrity appearances, recently including Environmental Hero Award recipients Van Jones, scientist and TV host Bill Nye, Director James Cameron, actress Daryl Hannah, ocean activist Marcus Erikson and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Some other festival highlights include the annual Green Car show, a free Bike Valet, a Homegrown Roots zone, two full days of music on the Main Stage, a Food court with local, sustainable and organic menus, a Beer & Wine Garden, a Kids Corner and a Great Outdoors zone.
Encouraging guests to discuss how they #actonclimate, the 2017 festival will illuminate the necessity for pressing grassroots action on climate change and evoke the activist energy that caused the first Earth day in 1970.
For more information, visit www.SBEarthDay.org.