Earth Day Mobile Bay is said to be the largest and oldest Earth Day celebration in Alabama! It’s Saturday, April 18th at the Fairhope Pier from 10:00am-6:00pm. Howard McPhail from the Mobile Museum of Art tells Cherish Lombard this year marks the 25th anniversary, and the theme is ‘Every Day is Earth Day!’
The event is free and fun for the whole family! There will be live music, an Environmental Film Festival, art and educational activities, “Blessing of the Animals”, an “Aerial Silk Artist” and many meaningful experiences for you and your family. You and your pets are invited to the “Blessing of the Animals” at 1:00. If you aren’t able to take your pet, you’re welcome to take a picture of an animal you love or an endangered species in the wild.
The exhibits and hands-on activities are hosted by community groups, environmental organizations, government agencies, museums, schools, and local businesses. These earth-friendly exhibitors will showcase renewable energy and environmental technology, provide the tools and inspiration to pursue earth-friendly solutions, and introduce prominent green educators and organizations talking about green sustainability and solutions.
This year’s Environmental Film Festival will feature thought-provoking documentary films, which raise awareness of current environmental issues and help provide solutions. Films on the schedule are: “America’s Amazon”, “The Mobile-Tensaw Delta”, “Chasing Ice”, “GrowthBusters: Addicted to Growth”, “A Fierce Green Fire”, “Gasland 2″, and “Backyard”. Our goal is to not just get people concerned, but to get people motivated, by offering great transforming solutions.The Environmental Film Festival will be under the big tent and is sponsored by the Mobile Bay Sierra Club.
New 2014 hybrid and electric vehicles will be on display. Avid car enthusiasts, environmentalists and everyday consumers will be provided information about all of the green vehicles. You’ll learn about local sources for organic foods, and organizations supporting the development of a stronger local food economy. Buying food from local farmers keeps dollars in the local economy, preserves our valuable land and adds to our good health.
Recycling options will have a strong emphasis at Earth Day Mobile Bay. The City of Fairhope will sponsor free onsite electronic recycling, and you are encouraged to drop-off old TV’s, computers, cell phones and other old household electronics. Everyone who attends is encouraged to “travel green” and walk, ride your bicycle, carpool or ride public transportation. There will be a free shuttle bus service to and from the Fairhope Pier throughout the event. The shuttle pick-up parking lot is the Big Lots parking lot at N. Greeno Road.
Earth Day Mobile Bay 2014 supports the issues of our Alabama Gulf Coast, acknowledging the environmental challenges we all face, and invites the public to integrate sustainable practices into everyday life. Earth Day Mobile Bay will be observing the four-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster and will feature the many organizations that are involved in a healthy and sustainable Gulf Coast recovery.
Admission is free, and popcorn and lemonade are complimentary. Earth Day Mobile Bay is sponsored by the City of Fairhope, and Mobile Bay Sierra Club and the Alabama Sierra Club Foundation. If you need directions and more event details, please visit our Web site at http://www.earthdaymobilebay.org.
Additional Schedule information:
Outdoor Stage Performance Schedule for Earth Day Mobile Bay 2014
10:00am Mayor Kant’s Welcome and Earth Day Mobile Bay Awards Ceremony
2:00pm Hurricane Warning
4:00pm Ryan Balthrop Band
10:00am “Gasland 2”
12:10pm “America’s Amazon, The Mobile-Tensaw Delta”
1:15pm “GrowthBusters: Addicted to Growth”