Every day should be Earth Day! However, at least there is a designated day, week, and month that focuses on celebrating and protecting Planet Earth. Earth Day was officially founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970. It was birthed as a day of education about environmental issues. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans filled the streets and parks to demonstrate a healthy environment. It made such an impact that important federal environmental laws emerged, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Today, Earth Day events showcase a plethora of educational and practical activities focused on green living.
The following are just a few of the many family-friendly Earth Day events happening all over the Sunshine State on April 20th (and there are two on April 27th and one of April 28th, too)!
14th Annual Central Florida Earth Day, Lake Eola Park/Orlando
The Central Florida Earth Day 2019 celebration is the largest and longest-running Earth Day festival in all of Central Florida. Activities begin at 10am on Saturday, April 20th and go until 6pm at Lake Eola Park. The event is family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol free, smoke-free and is FREE! It’s an all vegan event as well. The purpose of this event is to provide knowledge and inspiration to people of all ages through environmental and humane education. www.cfearthday.org/
Earth Day Pensacola, Seville Square/Pensacola
The theme to this Earth Day Pensacola event is energy, transportation, and sustainability. Join the city of Pensacola at Seville Square on April 20th from 10am – 4pm for activities along with an educational forum. You don’t want to miss the food, music, and water education vendors. www.earthdaypensacola.org/
23rd Annual Earth Day 5K, McCoy Indigenous Park/Key West
Join Key West in their 23rd Annual Earth Day 5k run/walk April 20th at 8am. Pre-registration and packet pick up are available the day before the race between 5pm – 7pm at McCoy Indigenous Park. It’s the perfect way to spend the morning: exercise and Earth Day education. https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/KeyWest/ED5K