What is Earth Day, Anyway?
We hear a lot more about Earth Day as awareness around global issues arise. Locally, Earth Day is a great chance to brush up on what's new in the Environmental scene.
First, a little history, though. Earth day is celebrated on April 22 every year. It's celebrated on both hemispheres, though in the north it's a spring thing and in the south it's a fall celebration. It was founded by U. S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental education day in 1970 5 months after an article in the NYT sparked an environmental movement. This lands the actual conception of the idea in the historical year of love, 1969. Earth day even has it's own symbol.
Here's where to find Greenling this week:
Shop Austin - (www.thelonestarladies.com)
While this event doesn't directly relate to Earth Day there are few things as environmentally responsible as shopping locally. This independent craft, design, and fine art show captures everything that is Austin and Greenling will be there handing out snacks.
- Saturday, April 18th 11am-5pm $10
- Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin Earth Day - (www.austinearthday.com)
Austin Green Art presents the Gateway to the Green Economy this Saturday, April 18th at Republic Square. Join thousands of people and celebrate the Sustainability Revolution! Products, services, food, kids activities, music, art, and more. FREE for all
- Saturday, April 18th 9am-3pm
- Republic Square
Austin Green Art Movie Screening - (www.austingreenart.org)
On the actual Earth Day, AGA will be at the Triangle celebrating and screening King Corn, a fast-paced documentary about the health and economic impacts of industrial agriculture.
- Wednesday, April 22 4pm-10pm (moving starts at dusk)
- The Triangle
Austin Eco-Social Launch - (www.ecosocials.com)
Greenling is excited to be a part of this new event benefitting Urban Roots. The goal is simply to promote socializing among eco-conscious people and help out local environmental charities.
- Thursday, April 23 5:30pm-8pm
- Jo's Coffeehouse, 1300 South Congress