Saturday, April 16, 2011

Earth Day 2K11 is On Its Way: DC Style

With less than a week to go, Earth Day 2011 is certainly on it's way. Given that, there's tons of fun going on all over the place to celebrate and commemorate our planet and all we can do to help it stay strong!!

2 Major events going on in my neck of the woods are this weekend's Washington, DC "EPA Earth Day on the National Mall" (April 16 & 17) and Baltimore's Maryland Science Center's Earth Day Celebration next Saturday (April 23rd) from 12-4 pm.

Event #1:  Washington, DC
"EPA Earth Day on the National Mall"
(This Weekend:  April 16 & 17)
National Mall between 4th and 7th Streets
Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm

DC knows how to "rock the house" when it comes to Earth Day, and has been known for holding some of the largest nation-wide ED events.  Given the government is right there, it's a grand place to root for climate & clean energy legislation.  Last year, more than 50 organizations (from non-profits to govt to business) all participated.  Other big cities like NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, LA, San Fran, Seattle and more have been known to host similar free eco-events.

This year, 40+ exhibits on all things "green" and eco will be out on the National Mall (that open, green area between the Capitol Building and the Washington Monument).  Here's a highlight of the detailed events this year, directly from
National Sustainable Design Expo where students, green businesses, and others will demonstrate what they are doing to protect the planet.

"Earth Tales," co-sponsored with The Library ofCongress, features environmentally-themed story time, read by VIPs hourly. Saturday 11-4:
     11am: EPA Assistant Administrator Paul Anastas
     12pm: Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
     1 pm: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
     2 pm: San Diego Chargers Marcus McNeill
     3 pm: Minnesota Vikings Madieu Williams
     4 pm: Olympic track star Michael Walton

"Bash the Trash" invites kids to build musical instruments from reusablees & recyclables--things that might ultimately be trashed.  “Earth Symphony” with new instruments to follow! Sunday 10-3.

On Sunday, Earth Natural Force kid rappers will perform at 12:15 and 1:45.

"Eco Art" (co-hosted by the Capital Hill Arts Workshop) is where kids can paint an Earth Day pic on a post card, and mail it right there thanks to the postal service, while they simultaneous launch their new “Go Green” stamp launch. Both days.

There will also be eco-videos in the EPA theater tent as well as the 

Cheers to DC for this annual event and here's hoping the weather cooperates!

Stay tuned for Part 2:  "Earth Day 2K11 Is On Its Way: Baltimore Style!" 

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