Earth Day Festival in Washington DC
The first Earth Day was April 22nd, 1970, when 20 million people demonstrated across the U.S. in the name of conservation. Back then, repeated oil spills, toxic pollution, and wilderness destruction were commonplace. That first Earth Day got the attention of Washington DC, resulting in widespread policy changes. Today, Earth Day is celebrated across the capital in numerous ways. Here are just a few:
E.P.A National Sustainable Design Expo-National Mall, between 13th & 14th Streets- April 18th 11am-6pm and April 19th 9am-6pm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsors hands-on sustainable fun, while college students compete for the EPA P3 Award in “green” innovation
United States Botanic Garden- April 19th 10am- 2pm. Cooking demonstrations fill Conservancy Terrace with the delicious aromas of local chefs preparing organic, seasonal, and locally sourced produce.
Earth Day at National Aquarium- April 21st 12-4pm. Families play games, make Earth Day art, and hear about man’s impact on sea creatures.
Earth Month at Union Station: April 1st-30th- Instead of 1 day on the National Mall, Earth Day 2013 lasts all month in Washington DC! With a film festival, farmers market, fashion show, and live entertainment occurring throughout Union Station, over 100,000 people a day will be exposed of conservation, Most events are free to all ages