Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated, April 22nd, 1970? Today, some 47 years later, almost 1 billion people participate in Earth Day events and activities around the globe.
I have had the distinct pleasure these last few months of being a part of Sustainable Cherry Hill, a 501c(3) non-profit community outreach and educational organization that fosters the global sustainability movement at a local level. Sustainable Cherry Hill is a grassroots, action-oriented organization dedicated to:
- Partnering with and empowering local constituencies to enact environmentally positive practices and principles
- Educating the community on practical, cost-effective ways to forge a sustainable path into the future
- Advocating for legislation and practices at all levels of government that balance ecology, the economy and the long-term needs of a healthy society
Cherry Hill is situated in southern New Jersey, about 8 miles from Philadelphia. A town of over 71,500 people and established in 1844, this community boasts an easy commute to the big city, great shopping and some wonderfully preserved parks. You know me, I’m all about the green space!
Sustainable Cherry Hill in partnership with the Township of Cherry Hill puts on an amazing event each year; Earth Festival. Coordinated by event planner extraordinaire, Brenda Jorett, the Earth Festival is celebrating its 8th year next weekend. With several dedicated individuals and help from the local schools, we will be hosting over 100 displays from vendors, school groups, sponsors and many other associations. Entertainment, food and even a visit from the famous team mascot for the Philadelphia Major League Baseball team (for all you non-sports folk 😉 ), the Phillie Phanatic, will bring in thousands of people to the Croft Farm area. The 8th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival is also going to feature a bike valet to encourage people to ride their bicycles this year to the event. The festival has grown over the last several years from 20 tables in a school yard, to over 100 tables and displays this spring at the beautiful 3 acre facility of Croft Farm. And with Brenda Jorett at the helm, I’m sure it will continue to grow and be a wonderful learning experience for all ages.
She says it’s hard sometimes to keep up with what needs to be done to keep it a sustainable event, so we will depend on the environmentally conscious citizens of Cherry Hill to bring their own water bottles, carpool or bike to the event, and to keep trash to a minimum. Speaking of trash, if you come, be sure to bring your hard-to-recycle materials for the recycling drop off (unfortunately, no tvs or computer monitors accepted at this time, but feel free to bring rechargeable batteries, plastic bags, non-power hand tools, gently used shoes and used books) to keep them out of the landfills. There will be a plant swap, a composting demonstration, delicious food for sale, entertainment and much more throughout the day. The Family Fun Bike Ride is another way to participate – if you’d like to register, please visit the website and enjoy a leisurely ride through the beautiful surrounding neighborhoods.
My personal hope is that the festival will be educational and inspiring; drawing adults and kids alike towards a common goal to help preserve our beautiful planet for future generations. If you’re not in the area, I encourage you to attend your own local Earth Day festival and support the vendors and volunteers that work hard hosting celebrations like this. Many towns and municipalities have events going on all month long, so consult your local newspaper’s schedule of events or check out the Earth Day events locator here on Earthday.org to find one close to you. And if you’re nearby, please come visit me, Brenda and many other volunteers at south Jersey’s largest Eco Event, the 8th Annual Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival this April 29th.
Saturday, April 29, 2017; Croft Farm, Cherry Hill – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – rain or shine
Click here for the official link and for more details: Earth Festival
And last but not least, it wouldn’t be complete without offering you a list of our top green tips that will be posted on signs throughout the festival. In partnership with Brenda Jorett and Sustainable Cherry Hill, I am pleased to offer this printable pdf for you to download and use at your leisure. Of course, please use 100% recycled paper if you must print it out. 😉
Click below for your link and enjoy this beautiful, spring day!