When looking for environmental success stories coming out of the Lone Star State, a couple really stand out. One is the amazing growth of wind energy. Texas is the king of wind energy, producing about 20 percent of the wind power generated in the United States. The other is an event that has become the nation’s most important and impressive environmental education effort, Earth Day Texas.
Earth Day Texas, which is coming up this weekend (April 24-26) in Dallas, is the brainchild of Trammell S. Crow. It started out in 2010 as a local Dallas-centric Earth Day event, but has grown into a truly Texas-sized undertaking with state, national and global impact. Earth Day Texas attracts local and national political leaders, business leaders, conservation leaders and over 50,000 attendees. It provides each of them with an opportunity to learn about our most pressing environmental problems, discuss solutions, witness what others are doing to safeguard our planet, discover the latest green technologies, and learn how to do their part.
This year’s event will feature presentations on topics, ranging from water conservation and wildlife protection, to renewable energy and environmental politics. There will be a showing of the powerful new film Racing Extinction, where an innovative team of artists and activists expose a hidden world of corruption and extinction that is truly shocking. Bat Conservation International will be there with live bats giving presentations on why bats are one of the most ecologically and economically important wildlife species, and yet one of the most threatened. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, Earth Day Texas has more exhibits, entertainment and presentations going than one can take in–and admission is free!
Earth Day Texas epitomizes everything Earth Day is suppose to be about. It is a fun, educational, bi-partisan opportunity to be challenged, inspired and motivated to take up the cause of responsible stewardship. After all, this is the only planet we have, and we must take good care of it.
If you are anywhere near Dallas, Texas this weekend, please check it out. You’ll be glad you did. Here are the specifics:
Earth Day Texas
Where: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas
When: April 24-26, 2015 (Friday / Saturday / Sunday) from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.