On Saturday, April 16, Houstonians celebrated their 11th annual Earth Day at the Sam Houston Park, in the heart of Houston downtown.
“Celebrating the Earth and trying to keep it alive,” said James Williams, Vice Chair of Sierra Club Houston Regional Group Executive Committee, defining Earth Day.
Earth day Houston is a free event. It is a conscious effort by Air Alliance Houston and the City of Houston to educate and encourage locals to a lifestyle that is environment friendly and sustainable.
A day filled with fun and educational family-friendly activities and interactive demonstrations, the festival brought together numerous green non-profits and vendors such as Sierra Club, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Moms Clean Air Force, Trees for Houston, Storm Tight Windows, Goal Zero, Texas For Clean Water, Texas Environment Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s,) Viridian, Bye-You Bug and many more.
The highlights of the event also included live local music and programs, yoga and tai chi demonstration, free giveaways, art projects, on-site recycling, food trucks and water filing stations. The kid’s activities were full of colorful sand art, henna tattoo, face painting, and candle making. Bike Houston offered free bike valet to guests who biked to the event with the chance to win prizes.
According to a press release on their official website, this is Air Alliance Houston’s second year as City of Houston’s official Earth Day celebrations. The sponsors supporting Earth Day Houston includes, O’Rourke Petroleum, Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Commute Solutions, The Port of Houston Authority, Coca-Cola and Vital Allergy & Asthma. Other supporters included City of Houston Office of Special Events, Bayou Preservation Association, Bike Houston, Blackwood Educational Land Institute, Build a Better Planet, Buchanan’s Native Plants, H-E-B, Houston First Corporation, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Macys, Natural Awakenings Houston, Pat Greer’s Kitchen, University of Houston Office of Sustainability, Wells Fargo, to name a few
In addition to educating and leading towards a greener lifestyle, Earth Day Houston supports and donates proceeds to Air Alliance Houston, a non-profit organization that is working to reduce air pollution in the Houston area through research and education.