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Earth Day celebration coming to the Promenade in Santa Monica

March 25th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Could there be a better place to celebrate Earth’s sunshine and breezes than the Santa Monica Promenade?

"Nate the Walking Earth" plays with kids at Earth Day on the Promenade

"Nate the Walking Earth" plays with kids at Earth Day on the Promenade

Organizers of the 3rd Street Promenade certainly don’t think so. They’ve planned a packed day for celebrants at the 7th Annual Earth Day on the Promenade 2010, set for April 17 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The free, kid-friendly event (on the Promenade between Wilshire and Broadway) will feature more than 60 exhibits featuring organic food, solar power, green gadgets, gardening supplies and eco-friendly toys. Organizers expect thousands to attend.

A “Sustainable Transport Village” will showcase high mileage and alternative energy cars, including Toyota and Ford hybrids, electric bikes and scooters. Speaking of — festival participants are encouraged to walk, bike, talke the Big Blue Bus, Tide Shuttle or Metro to get to this event, which is set up for pedestrians.

The festival will offer many options for kids, who will have a chance to bang a drum, pet a llama, adopt a shark, or sit in the driver’s seat of a Big Blue Bus powered by cleaner-emitting natural gas. The entertainers and exhibits for the younger set will include:Free to Be Me Drum Circle; Stuart Wilde’s trekking llamas, Star Eco-Station’s and Children’s Nature Institute’s wild animals; California Science Center’s exhibits, Heal the Bay and Surfrider. Nate the Walking Earth will be there from noon until 5 p.m.

Exhibitors at Earth Day LA's Santa Monica festival.

Exhibitors at Earth Day LA's Santa Monica festival.

“We are pleased to return to the Promenade and bring so many family oriented exhibits to Earth Day, because kids can encourage parents to buy environmentally friendly products, which reduces pollution and global warming, making a healthier future for all of us,” said Environmental Consultant to Earth Day LA, Jim Stewart, PhD.  “Earth Day helps people learn about environmental solutions already in the marketplace and learn effective ways to take action.  This year we are urging everyone to go to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s website to and see how they can become ‘carbon neutral’ and reduce their carbon footprint.”

Live music will be presented by Mamapalooza!; Women-empowered, Mom-branded Entertainment & Activism for a greener planet, featuring among others Stacy Robin and the Mama Earth Band, Sabina with “Free To Be Me Drum Circle” and other award-winning singers & songwriters

For more information visit the Earth Day on the Promenade website or call 866-295-8372.

The festival is one of two organized and sponsored by Earth Day LA, a non-profit. Earth Day LA’s other festival, in July, is set at Venice Beach.


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