First Thursday is excited to announce that we are partnering with the Fayetteville Earth Days festival to kick off Earth Days: 40 Days and 40 Nights of Re:B-Earth 2.0 at April’s First Thursday.
Schedule of First Thursday Earth Day events
10am to Noon — Fayetteville Forward, Community Engagement Fair
1pm to 2pm — Fayetteville Forward Action Groups – Experience Collaboration and Appreciative Inquiry by building a Fayetteville Forward City Directory.
2pm to 6pm — ECO-TradeShow
5pm — First Thursday
6pm — Mayor Proclamation
6pm to 10pm — B-Earth Day Party / ECO-PotLuck / ECO-ArtAuction @ Matt Miller Studio next door to Jammin Java.
Here’s what the festival has to say about this exciting event:
“Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide Earth Day, and on April 22nd, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and the Endangered Species Acts. Senator Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest honor given to civilians in the United States – for his role as Earth Day founder.
Today, we invite you to celebrate with Fayetteville this amazing legacy. Celebrate of our achievements in sustainability every Earth Day to raise public awareness, as we build a cleaner, healthier world for generations to come.
Fayetteville, Arkansas was selected as one of five cities nationally by the Earth Day Network and the Clinton Global Initiative for our commitment toward a more sustainable community. ”Fayetteville is excited to partner with the Earth Day Network and the Clinton Global Initiative to further our efforts in lowering our carbon footprint as we advance our local economy” said Lioneld Jordan, the mayor of Fayetteville. For more information on Fayetteville’s commitment to sustainability, go to: www.earthday.org/fayetteville.
In 2010, on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Fayetteville unwittingly hosted the longest continuous Earth Day festival in the history of Earth Day with 20 events over 9 days. Last year we hosted 50 events over 14 days. This year we will be hosting approximately 70 events over 40 Days and 40 Nights of Re:B-Earth 2.0.
This year we kick things off with Fayetteville Forward’s Community Engagement Fair, Thursday, April 5th, 10am to noon, at East Square Plaza just east of the Fayetteville Square. The public is invited to collaborate and to learn about the award winning Fayetteville Forward and appreciate inquiry. An engaged community is a sustainable community.
Followed by an ECO-TradeShow, Thursday, April 5th, 2pm to 6pm, again at East Square Plaza. Last year, we had over 70 local green businesses representing.
Followed by a B-Earth Day Party, Thursday evening, April 5th, 6pm to 10pm at Matt Miller Studio. It’s a Zero-Waste, ECO-PotLuck, ECO-ArtAuction with live music, cake and ice cream, and certified organic libations.
Lastly, we end on the 40th night with an ECO-Awards Celebration, Monday, May 14th, 6pm to 10pm at Green House Grille, where we recognize individuals achievements in sustainability and appoint our Green Prix Ambassador to represent all things green for the next Earth Day calendar year.
Through-out the ECO-PassPort you will find farmers markets, open house tours, group bike rides, lectures, films, creek clean-ups, green tours, Green Drinks, fun runs, art openings, live music, religious observances, and green businesses with green products and services to make sustainability fun and easy.
Find your ECO-PassPort. Advance your own sustainability. Make your own Earth Day Resolutions. Help make Fayetteville the Greenest City on the planet. Have fun! Celebrate sustainability, and earn your way to your own ECO-GreenCard, TODAY!”
Find out more at www.EarthDayNWA.com for your own ECO-PassPort, to down-load registration/nomination forms, and to see the extensive calendar of events planned over the next 40 days, starting April 5th thru May 14th.
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