Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970 but it was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had become “troubled that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country”, and so he convinced President Kennedy to go on a national conservation tour. He had been thinking about the idea for Earth Day since 1962, and it finally evolved into a reality on April 22, 1970.
On Thursday, April 22 from 10-11 a.m. Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will host a live, text-based Earth Day Web chat geared toward students in third through eighth grades. The chat will feature Mike Gunson, project scientist for NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, who will answer questions about how NASA is studying Earth’s climate.
On Saturday, April 24, Pasadena will offer a bicycle tour of the city’s green projects at their Greening the Earth Day 2010 celebration to be held at Memorial Park and the Armory Center for the Arts from 10 AM to 4 PM. The streets between Memorial Park and the Armory Family Arts Festival located on Raymond Avenue, between Walnut and Holly streets will be closed to through traffic. Families will be able to come out and enjoy live music, an interactive drum circle, dance performances, interactive arts and crafts, and be able to visit with wild animals from the Wildlife Waystation and Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Vendors of everything from solar power to green products, and lots of food will be offered at booths throughout the fair. For more information, you can call 626-744-4721 or visit Pasadena’s website.
Los Angeles venues and outlying areas
Los Angeles City College will be hosting their Earth Day celebration on April 22 with vegan food, live music, booths with local green businesses, demonstrations of green living, offering information and resources, a recycling drive and an e-waste collection drive on the campus at 855 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90029.
The City of Atwater Village is proud to present its very first Earth Day Festival on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village on April 22, 2010.
On April 23, the Metropolitan Community Church will be hosting an Earth Day open mic at 4953 Franklin Blvd. in Los Angeles 90027 from 7 PM to 10 PM. For more information please e-mail Darren at Darren@outvisionart.com.
EARTH DAY XL will be held April 24, 2010 starting at 4:00 pm in Los Angeles, CA. This huge celebration will be hosted by Broccoli City Organic Lifestyle Group. Broccoli City Organic Lifestyle Group is geared towards bridging relationships between companies featuring green products and mainstream multi-cultured consumers. Some of their members include: LA Green Block Party, LA Eco Salon, The LAx Paperboys, and Jenesis Magazine.
Open to the public free of charge, the event will take place both inside and outside of Margo Studios, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, CA at 1354 Margo Street.
The event will offer: green lifestyle products, art, music and food for the attendees; green companies to showcase their products; artwork by local artists that conceptually deal with the environment; a fun zone so guests can play sports, games, and interact with each other; a concert, speakers, and a panel speaking on all types of environmental awareness; healthy, gourmet organic food which attendees can purchase at the event.
EARTH DAY XL will feature live performances by: DOM Kennedy, Pac Div, OverDoZ, TIRon and Fear & Fancy.
The event will also promote this year’s Earth Day Network initiatives, including: BUILDING A GREEN ECONOMY; A BILLION ACTS OF GREEN, BCTV (which will film guests who would like to share their personal acts that support the environment); and THINK BROCCOLI, which will offer the educational side of the green movement by bringing community groups and non-profits to share their message.
Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL) will join the Earth Day celebration at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA on April Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will include exhibits and handouts on NASA’s Earth science research.
On April 25th the Cahuenga Public Library, located at 4591 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles will present the Cahuenga Green Stage Festival a “non-traditional ecological celebration of life and land” that will offer a tour of historic sites and cultural destinations. The entire 4550 block of Santa Monica Blvd. will be closed to offer this unique use of both the arts and humanities to the viewing public.