Springtime means celebrating the Earth and those who work to preserve it. Santa Barbara’s annual Earth Day Festival is a great way to learn about living green and how we can care for our environment amidst climate change. This year, Community Environment Council (CEC) honors the efforts of two individuals in bringing us education and environmental innovation. Van Jones and Bill Nye will receive the 2013 Environmental Hero Award, with Jones accepting the award at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, and Nye accepting his at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Alameda Park.
Jones, the first honoree, is a pioneer of the environmental movement. Writer of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream, he founded Green for All and was the main proponent of the Green Jobs Act in 2007. He has a strong passion for social justice and co-founded the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change, which tries to present solutions to some of urban America’s toughest problems.
Nye, known for his show Bill Nye the Science Guy, now hosts a show on Planet Green called Stuff Happens, where he helps consumers make responsible choices as they go about their day. He also hosts The 100 Greatest Discoveries on the Science Channel and The Eyes of Nye on PBS.
If you love the environment or want to learn more about sustainability and eco-friendly practices, this festival is the perfect place. With its Green Car Show, Clean Tech Pavilion and Eco-Marketplace, you will get a practical and lasting education — and meet a couple of environmental heroes!