Tampa Bay Earth Day 2019
Tampa Bay Earth Day festivities are in full swing leading up to April 22nd! 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 Tampa Bay Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Tampa Bay Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Tampa Bay Watch Earth Day CleanUp at Bartlett Park
Tampa Bay Watch, in partnership with Florida Conservation Voters, is recruiting volunteers to participate in a cleanup in honor of Earth Day. The event is scheduled at Bartlett Park on Monday, April 22 from 10 am to noon.
The meeting location will be 647 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg. Volunteers will need to wear clothes and shoes that they don’t mind getting wet and dirty as the majority of the trash is found within mangroves/marshy areas.
Click here to register to volunteer.
Ecofest 2019: Earth Day Tampa Bay
Ecofest 2019, the official Earth Day for Tampa!
This is our 10th Annual event and we have big plans to make it shine! Saturday, April 13th 10am-3pm. The event is brought to you by Learning Gate Community School, USF Health & the City of Tampa.
New location- we will all be enjoying the beautiful riverfront and downtown views at the new Julian B Lane Park! 1001 North Boulevard. Tampa, FL 33606.
We will have an American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course, a Yoga Zone, over 100 vendors, live music, food trucks & more! So, check out the Ecofest Earth Day Tampa Bay official page:
Ecofest actual event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/647157739047602/?ti=ia
St. Petersburg's Sixth Annual Earth Day Festival In Historic Williams Park
On April 13, 2019, St. Petersburg will celebrate Earth Day with a community celebration to be held in Historic Williams Park. Earth Day is celebrated by over a billion people in hundreds of countries around the globe. By celebrating Earth Day we join with others, as well as share our common reverence and respect for this beautiful but fragile planet.
Let's Save The Planet Together!
Ecofest Tampa Bay Earth Day Celebration
EcoFest 2019 is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and USF Health. Its purpose is to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the Principles of Sustainability, Ecology, Equity, and Economy.
There will be live music, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products, and services. Also, some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance.