This year marks the first year the festival is produced by the Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition (SCSC) with the support of the City of Savannah and other sponsors. The SCSC is a non profit that is committed to collaborate with our businesses and organizations to secure a sustainable future for all of the people in our community.
The theme for this year’s event is “Zero Waste” - this theme is in tandem with Earth Day Network (www.earthday.org) them - “End Plastic Pollution”. There will be exhibits throughout the festival in Forsyth Park that raise awareness of the amount of plastic that we use in our daily life.
In addition to these exhibits, there will be a large scale sculpture made of recycled plastic bottles created by an artist collective The Revival Society. These artists have been traveling to schools to engage the students in the bottle collection by creating Trash Monster Cans designed by students. www.therevivalsociety.org
The Savannah Tree Foundation will do their annual tree walk at 11am, beginning at the Candler Oak near the Law School on Drayton. Other returning exhibitors include Caretta Research Project, 100 Miles, UGA Extension Chatham County, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Dolphin Project, Step Up Savannah, YFACE /Youth For A Cleaner Environment, Clean Coast, Sierra Club, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, SCAD Design for Sustainability, Go Green Armstrong, Savannah Urban Garden Alliance and our Ogeechee and Savannah Riverkeepers.
The free workshops will be back. The topics include: Waste to Wealth: How to Use the Three R’s (Reducing, Reusing and Recycling) to Your Advantage, Dispelling the Fear of Snakes!, Wild Medicinal Mushrooms, Protecting the Bees, 50 Ways to Save the Planet without Leaving your Kitchen, with more being announced later this month. This year will be the first year to have workshops especially for the children. We are partnering with Oatland Island Wildlife and Burton 4-H to offer an afternoon of environmental education. We are excited to have Miss SE Earth contestant, Talisha White present her youth workshop on the importance of water conservation, “Miraculous Miranda the Mermaid.” Workshops begin at 11:30.
Musical acts include some of Savannah’s finest local musicians!
*****Music Line Up*******
11am Matthew Jaidev
11:45am Josephine Johnson
1:00pm Keystone Postcard
2:15pm Laiken Love and the Fellowship
3:30pm Ember City
This year, we are pleased to have the hosts of WRUU’s weekly show, Some of the That Old Savannah Magic, Dr. Matthew L Adams and Louis Clausi as MCs.
The Savannah Earth Day celebrates the environmentally responsible community living and working in coastal Georgia. This festival serves as an important opportunity for local government, businesses, non-profits, and community groups to connect with the public and each other. It is the City’s largest environmental outreach event of the year, and one of the largest education event in conjunction with Earth Day in Georgia.
We hope you will join us at the 2018 Earth Day Festival, as we continue to share the message that Earth Day is Every Day!
Savannah Bicycle Campaign will have a bike valet so be sure to BIKE! SBC is having a BIKE RIDE AFTER THE FESTIVAL!!!
The Earth Day Festival happens Rain or Shine!