By Allen Webb

Join in on Kalamazoo Earth Day, Saturday April 20, noon to 5 pm in Bronson Park!

Three years ago, myself and a group of people concerned about climate change decided to resurrect Earth Day in Kalamazoo and make it a fun and educational event where people could learn about the dangers facing our beautiful planet.

This is the third year running celebrating Earth Day in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park. On April 20, there will be music, food trucks, environmental art displays, children’s activities including animal-themed face painting, electric cars, a bio-diesel bus, speakers, and nearly 100 booths of local organizations and environmentally friendly businesses.  Performers include children from El Sol school, and students from Kalamazoo Central High School.

People’s Church is an official sponsor and the Green Sanctuary Committee will have a booth. Eddie and Andrew from church will lead environmental activist training.

The theme for this year is 101,000 Acts of Green!  There are 101,000 households in Kalamazoo County. We want to encourage and celebrate the many things people are doing, and could be doing, to protect our environment. We will be collecting lists of pledges to enact Acts of Green from now until next year’s Earth Day, which will be Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! (First Earth Day was in 1970.)

Three years ago, a local artist who goes by the name “Bonus Saves” created a compelling set of Earth Day murals depicting two futures—with vs without action to prevent climate change. This year, Bonus Saves is creating a third mural illustrating the Green New Deal!

Many local organizations are helping to make Earth Day happen: City of Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Library, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, Better World Builders, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Plaza Corp and many more.

We need over 100 volunteers to help us! To volunteer, have a booth, or register your own Act of Green go to Kalamazoo Earth Day page on the Kalamazoo Nature Center website.

Share the Kalamazoo Earth Day Facebook Event Page with friends.

See you on Earth Day!

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