Each year on April 22, the world celebrates Earth Day. This holiday started in 1970 in the United States. It is now celebrated in over 175 countries around the world. Its primary goal is to inform, and inspire the world about the Earth’s environmental issues and our natural resources. On the first earth day in 1970, over 20 million people participated. Now in 2011, approximately 500 million people are involved in the holiday. Every year Houstonians come out in full force to show their support. Below are some of the largest Earth Day events and celebrations in the Houston, Texas area for 2011.
Air Alliance Houston – Earth Day Houston 2011
Saturday April 11, 2011, from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., you can join Houston’s largest Earth Day celebration. Taking place at Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston, this is the third annual event. Admission to the festivities are free for all. If you park on the street be sure you read the signs and pay attention to the parking meters. Even though the event takes place on a Sunday you need to be sure you are parking legally. Over 15,000 Houstonians are expected to attend this year.
This one-day festival will be full of interactive activities to help the public appreciate our resources such as air, water, land and renewable energy. They will have different zones for each resource for guests to visit and learn more about each one. Urban Harvest Farmers Market will be there so you can support local farmers and buy organic foods. For children H.E.B is sponsoring a Kids Energy Zone with a stage and fun activities for all ages. Your family will enjoy live music and there will be concessions available. New this year the event will feature some latest green products, including gardening and household items. There will be many opportunities to learn about eco-friendly practices in a fun way.
Kendall Library Planting Day
If you are looking for an early Earth Day activity on March 19, 2011 you can come out for the Kendall Library Planting Day. It is sponsored by the Energy Corridor District and takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. My husband’s employer Citgo Petroleum is active with many activities sponsored by the Energy Corridor Group and the Green Initiative. It is a wonderful program helping Houston all year long. This volunteer event for Earth Day awareness includes planting trees and shrubs and weeding. Volunteers will be treated to snacks and drinks graciously provided by the Energy Corridor Group. It is a wonderful way really to dig in and make a difference for our environment locally.
The Children’s Museum Of Houston
Houston, Texas 77004
If you have not been in a while, take the opportunity to bring your family. The entire week of the Earth Day holiday, they will be having activities to teach our children about the Earth and its natural resources. They are closed on Mondays.Starting Tuesday April 19, for the entire week in the main Kid’s Hall, they have a few green projects for children. They will be able to create Earth buttons about something that inspires them. For a fun craft project, they can make coffee filter butterflies. In addition, even participate in a game of Earth Day dominoes. Another week-long eco-friendly activity is taking place in the adventures section. Children five and older will be able to re-use and recycle everyday items using their imagination.
On April 18 and 19, you can bring your younger children to The Tot Spot to read Earth inspired books. The books will teach them about gardening and taking care of our planet. Babies and children up to 36 months are allowed in this area. The books are available all day on both days. Also all day on April 18 and 19 out side in the eco-station children can participate in crafting projects. They will learn about the busy life of butterflies and then be able to make bracelets and bags. If you still have, enough energy head indoors to the Science Station on those two days and learn about our planet’s natural resources. This exhibition explores our natural resources and highlights alternative energies. These fun activities are the perfect way to educate our children about environmental issues. It will help show them how they can make a difference for the Earth.