The Community Environmental Council (CEC) will host its annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival at Alameda Park on Saturday, April 16 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) and Sunday, April 17 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.). The 2016 theme–ONE WORLD–encourages individuals, communities, and nations to come together to protect the ONE CLIMATE we all share, and urges each of us to commit to taking ONE STEP at a time to green our lives. The longest-running and most consistently held public Earth Day celebration in the country, the festival attracts crowds of 30,000 or more each year.
Join us for two full days of music, speakers, and performances on three stages, family programming and activities for all ages, a sustainable food court, a wine and beer garden, and over 200 exhibitors with a green story to share. Other festival highlights include a Kids Monarch March for Climate, an Environmental Hero Award presentation to Congresswoman Lois Capps and plastic-free advocates 5 Gyres, and the largest annual public Green Car Show on the West Coast, including a Ride & Drive of cutting-edge alternative fuel vehicles.
How Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Began
In the wake of the devastating 1969 oil spill off Santa Barbara’s shores, a group of local concerned citizens began talking about a different way of looking at environmental systems. Over the next few years, around the country the environmental movement was born – including the Community Environmental Council, which was incorporated in the spring of 1970. During that time, Senator Gaylord Nelson visited Santa Barbara to view the damage from the oil spill. When he returned to Washington, D.C., he introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the earth. In CEC’s first act as a newly established non-profit, it hosted one of the first Earth Day celebrations in the U.S. in 1970, and has held an Earth Day celebration every year since.
About the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Host, Community Environmental Council
Since 1970, CEC has been at the forefront of the environmental movement, leading the Santa Barbara region – and at times California and the nation – in creatively solving some of the toughest environmental problems. Today, CEC pioneers real life solutions in areas with the biggest impact on climate change – most notably energy, transportation and food systems.