Nashville Earth Day Festival 2019
In many cities, Earth Day features a series of smaller clean-up events, fairs, and festivals, But, Nashville's Earth Day, scheduled for April 20th, 2019, is done on a grand scale, with a huge event in Centennial Park. Read on for information regarding the premier event, as well as volunteer opportunities.
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970.
Clean Air Act
Earth Day's introduction focused on the Clean Air Act. But it was also prompted by protests of pesticides, the loss of wilderness and wildlife, and oil spills. It's probably not a coincidence that Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi was a big hit in Canada, Australia, and Britain.
While Earth Day was initially a US initiative, by 1990 it went global with 141 countries participating in various activities.
Just as the concept was circling the globe, it also evolved to focus on what supporters wanted from a cleaner earth, rather than fighting against the unwanted. Recycling was one of the prominent programs.
Another decade later, and the internet boosted participation. Activists had an instant platform to expand Earth Day's presence and to share ideas and innovations.
Green New Deal
In recent years, global warming and clean energy moved to the top of the list. This upcoming April 22nd Earth Day may have an even bigger spotlight shining on it. Some United States' politicians have been very vocal about a "Green New Deal."
The Green New Deal is closely associated with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). However, there is a much larger contingency of Democrats that support stimulus programs to advance the US into an economically stable economy revolving around social and ecological reforms.
Earth Day has traditionally focused on a healthy, sustainable environment. The Green New Deal focuses on renewable energy, a green economy, carbon neutrality, and green job creation. All initiatives have the underlying goal of reversing the effects of climate change.
April 22, 2019
Whether you've participated in Earth Day activities for years or the Green New Deal and current environmental conditions have piqued your interest, keep April 22nd open. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities and celebrations going on across the country, and around the world.
You certainly don't have to limit your involvement to April 22nd either. We look forward to sharing volunteer opportunities and eco-friendly news and events throughout the year.
For other Nashville Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Nashville Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Nashville Earth Day
A Free, Family-Friendly Event
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly event with live entertainment throughout the day celebrated each year in April. This year it’s happening Saturday, April 20th from 11am – 6pm.
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival features exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment and living green. With over a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, Earth Day is a fun festival for all ages.
Earth Day 2019 Returns to Nashville’s Centennial Park on Saturday, April 20
Nashville Earth Day Festival returns to Centennial Park on Saturday, April 20, 2019. This free, annual, family-friendly event, organized by the Nashville Parks Foundation (www.NashvilleParksFoundation.org) and presented by Piedmont Natural Gas, is open to the public from 11am CT to 6pm CT.
Entertaining and educational
“The 17th annual Nashville's Earth Day Festival will once again highlight interactive, educational opportunities focused on caring for our planet and our community as well as providing fantastic, local entertainment.” said Brian Taylor, Chair of the Nashville Parks Foundation. “On behalf of the Nashville Parks Foundation, we are honored to be the lead organizer of this city-wide signature event to embrace, enhance, and preserve our natural resources by supporting Metro Parks and its outstanding recreational programs.”
Festival highlights for 2019 include music from Nashville’s own Sam Bush Band and a kid’s music program hosted by Rock and Roll Playhouse aimed to inspire creativity in children through music and movement.
The Global Education Center, an anti-bias, multicultural education center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight the commonalities of all people and to promote cross-cultural understanding and respect, will present a dance performance combining African dance, Latin dance, Polynesian dance, Flamenco, as well as World percussion performances.
Throughout the event, guests can enjoy fare from local food trucks, products from the Green Market, as well as locally brewed beer and wine.
VOLUNTEER!! Earth Day Festival Rubbish Wranglers Wanted!
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly event with live entertainment throughout the day, that is celebrated each year in April and we need Rubbish Wranglers to help out at the event!
Rubbish Wranglers are volunteers who have a passion for recycling! Each year we look for a select group of volunteers to help us reach our goal of reducing any land-filled waste. Rubbish Wranglers will be stationed at each of several recycling/composting/trash collection kiosks located across the festival grounds and will interact with and educate folks as they dispose of their waste. The job will be to make festival attendees aware of what can be recycled and/or composted at our event (Answer: almost EVERYTHING!) and to make sure that they in fact recycle and/or compost everything possible.
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival features exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment and living green. With over a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations, and government agencies,
Earth Day is a fun festival for all ages. For more information click here.