Community celebrates environment and education at 2019 Savannah Earth Day Festival – News – Savannah Morning News

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Despite Friday’s severe weather, Daffin Park was teeming with people looking to celebrate the planet they call home at Savannah’s 2019 Earth Day Festival on Saturday.

The festival, which is organized by the Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition, is the largest education event in conjunction with Earth Day in Georgia and is one of the few left that has a major focus on education and activism.

“It’s really Savannah’s festival,” said Joanne Morton, SCSC director of Sustainable Events and Arts. ”We’re trying to invite as many community members as possible to be a part of it as well as sponsors to grow the movement that we want to make Earth Day every day.”

The first Earth Day celebration was held in 1970 and, about 30 years later, Savannah put its own twist on the environmental celebration and created a local earth day festival with a mission of open dialogues about environmental issues affecting the city.

“The city of Savannah is proud to continue its strong support and sponsorship of this great community event,” said, Nick Deffley, director of the Office of Sustainability. “The Savannah Earth Day Festival celebrates the beauty and value of our natural coastal surroundings and teaches each of us how to better protect these unique and valuable resources for our children and their children’s children.”

This year was the first year that the festival was held in Daffin Park. The festival was previously held in Forsyth Park.

“We changed locations because this park is bigger and also more local neighborhoods are around it,” Morton said. “This park is so perfect for festivals.”

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And attendees agreed that the location change made a difference.

“This is my first time coming to the Earth Day Festival,” said resident Colin Harrison. “I’ve heard about it when it was in Forsyth Park, but I live nearby so I decided to stop by. There are a lot of things I need to learn, and I’m learning a lot of things here.”

The Savannah Earth Day Festival serves as an important opportunity for local government, businesses, nonprofits, and community groups to connect with the public and each other. It is the city’s largest environmental outreach event of the year.

“Earth Day celebrations allow everyone to come together and learn about important issues affecting our planet,” said Lisa Goodman, SCSC director of sustainable development. “It’s a great way to connect wonderful organizations with the community. . . We’ve written a comprehension plan — a four-part plan to reduce plastic pollution. . . . and we’re putting together a petition to bring to the county to get the comprehension plan passed.”

Saturday’s event featured free workshops covering topics including The A to Zs on Electric Vehicles, Stormwater Stewardship Efforts in Chatham County, and Growing Your Own Food Year Round with Savannah Hydroponics and Organics.

Earth Day will be celebrated nationwide on Monday.

The event also included live music, a fashion show of dresses made out of recycled items and a comedy improv set by Odd Lot Savannah.



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