In 1970, the first Earth Day was declared by the United Nations. Celebrated every April 22nd, the celebration of the beautiful planet we live on has spread to 192 countries around the world. If you’re looking to commemorate Earth Day here in Richmond, there are two main events for you to choose from this Saturday, April 26th.
The first is the Richmond Earth Day Festival sponsored by the Enrichmond Foundation and is going to be held in Shockoe Bottom. In addition to the Earth Day 5K Race Without a Trace, there will be over 100 environmentally friendly booths with displays of recycled art, home DIY project tips, a garden help desk and composting demos. In addition, fresh produce will be on sale. Coca Cola’s Recycling Education Center will be on site, as well as three different dog parks set up so man’s best friend can enjoy the festivities as well. For children, there will be a special interactive area with hands on art activities. Also on display will be Enrichmond’s (hopefully Guiness World Record breaking!) LOVE recycled can sculpture.
To set the mood, there will be live music throughout the day by Richmond groups such as the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, Blots in the Margins, Goldrush, and Robot vs Human Drummer. Food trucks from popular local vendors such as Halligan’s, The Pig and Pearl, Goatocado, Boka Truck, Soul Ice, and Thai Top Ten will be on site as well selling refreshments. If you want to get to the center of the action without the hassle of a car, a bike valet will be operating to keep your bike safe while you enjoy the festival.
Another great event is RVA Earth Day sponsored by Style Weekly magazine on Mayo and Brown’s Islands. All ages are welcome at this festival, which normally plays host to over 7,000 attendees featuring kid’s activities, river wildlife, fishing demonstrations (check out Science Matters' video below from a past year), local produce for sale as well as artists and jeweler vendors. Additionally, there will also be a Kite Festival for all ages to enjoy. This event will benefit Feed RVA, a non-profit working to bring healthy food into the Richmond area. This organization is working to make fresh food from farmer’s markets available for purchase with SNAP. In addition, RVA Earth Day will also play host to many popular Richmond musical acts such as Three Sheets to the Wind, Black Girls, Mighty Joshua, and many more. As well as music, the festival is going to play host to a petting zoo, bike valet, as well as 20 local craft beers on tap.
Article by: Margaret Carmel, an intern at Science Matters. Margaret is a Virginia Commonwealth University student studying Broadcast Journalism, Middle Eastern Studies, International Social Justice, and Global Education.