Georgia to Host Earth Day 2011 Observances

Earth Day 2011 is on the horizon, and Georgia residents are gearing up to celebrate with a variety of environmentally-oriented activities. This year, Earth Day will be observed on April 22.

Earth Day was founded by the late U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI), who was troubled that the condition of the environment was a non-issue in national politics. Now celebrated around the world, the annual event evolved over a period of seven years, beginning in 1962. A number of events are planned to mark the day.

During Earth Week 2011, Kaiser Permanente will host three events designed to link business leaders to environmental organizations.

  1. The Corporate Green Day Challenge is scheduled for April 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will offer employees a chance to experience firsthand what EarthShare of Georgia’s environmental member organizations do to preserve the environment, as well as area parks’ “green” efforts to care for the air, land and water. The locations will be throughout the Atlanta area. Companies must be a 2011 Earth Day sponsor to participate. Tickets range in price from $60 to $200.
  2. The second event is the 9th annual Earth Day Leadership Breakfast, on April 20 from 8-10 a.m., in the Oceans Ballroom at the Georgia Aquarium. Business and nonprofit leaders from Georgia and beyond will gather to celebrate their sustainable business. The keynote speaker for the breakfast will be Rhett Turner, a filmmaker, photographer, and president of Red Sky Productions, an international film production company. Turner will explore creative ways business leaders can invest in their communities and promote environmental sustainability. A limited number of tickets are available at $100 each.
  3. Also, the 15th annual Earth Day Party is scheduled for April 21 from 7-10 p.m., at Summerour Studio in Atlanta. The celebration will showcase the contributions local companies and nonprofits have made to preserve and protect Georgia’s natural heritage. There will be music, dancing, food, and beverages. Guests are invited to bid on the “Eco-silent auction” stocked with deals on eco-products, trips, jewelry and more. The evening’s proceeds will benefit EarthShare of Georgia, Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund. Tickets are $60 per person.

For more information on the Kaiser Permanente events: (404) 873-3173.

Also coming up:

  • On April 20, the “Do Da Jam” Earth Day festival, billed as “a festival for the spirit and the earth,” will be held at the Etowah River Campground in Dahlonega. The five-day music event will feature 50 bands playing on five stages. Some of the bands scheduled to play include New Riders of the Purple Sage, the Yonrico Scott Band, The Mantras, Blue Haired Ladies, Freezerburn, Concrete Jumpsuit, Gooseberry Jam, and Back City Woods. Tier I tickets are sold out, but Tier II tickets are still available, for $59. For more information: (609) 363-2526.
  • The Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island will hold its fourth annual “Shell-e-brate Earth Day” family festival on April 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features recycled crafts, plus activities and entertainment for the whole family. No reservations are needed, and the event is free with general admission to the center. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and free for children 3 and under. For more information: (912) 635-4444.
  • Also, the City of Savannah will have its annual Earth Day Savannah Festival on April 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Forsyth Park. The theme will be “Conserve, Recycle, Grow.” The festival will feature a “Recyclerama” and educational exhibits, as well as workshops on beehive keeping, composting and urban gardening, permiculture, and city chickens. It is billed as the largest Earth Day environmental education and outreach event in Georgia, with 10,000 attendees and over 90 exhibitors. For more information: (912) 651-2221.

There are plenty of other community activities to celebrate Mother Earth this year. Find one and participate in Earth Day 2011, to give back to the planet that sustains us and gives us life.

Sources:
http://earthday.envirolink.org/history.html
http://earthsharega.org/EarthDay/tabid/75/Default.aspx
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/4/prweb8257083.htm
http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org/special-events/
http://earthdaysavannah.org/node/11

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Credit: Rich Carriero
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Caption: Aspen trees changing their colors in September. Kenosha Pass, Colorado.
Create Date: 09/28/2010