The Community Environmental Council (CEC) hosts the 2018 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.at Alameda Park.
CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is FREE for attendees. The event includes over 200 exhibitors, a sustainable food court, local beer and wine garden, and a main stage and two mini-stages offering music and demonstrations. Detailed information and stage schedules are available online at SBEarthDay.org or in the Santa Barbara Independent Earth Day Festival Guide to be published on Thursday, April 19.
A series of events and activities throughout the festival encourage attendees to connect the dots between climate change and a more than 300% increase in extreme weather catastrophes worldwide since 1980 – such as longer droughts, extended fire seasons, and more powerful storms like microbursts and “rain bombs.” Attendees can get educated and take action in activities including:
Connect the Climate Dots Community Art & Writing Project – String art, poetry, and postcards to elected officials about climate concerns all come together to help our community visually and emotionally connect the dots between climate change, natural disasters, and the impact on our community. Location: Connect the Climate Dots booth on the west side of the festival along Anacapa.
- Climate Town Hall Questions – CEC and partners are holding a FREE town hall on Wednesday, April 25, “Drought, Fire, and Flood: Climate Change and Our New Normal.” Festival attendees can submit questions, concerns, and ideas to be shared with panelists at the town hall. Location: Connect the Climate Dots booth on the west side of the festival along Anacapa OR at the CEC Booth in Public Square.
Environmental Stewardship Awards – The festival is partnering with Explore Ecology to present the second annual Santa Barbara County community-nominated awards for students, teachers, and classes that have spearheaded positive environmental change. Recipients will be honored on the Kids Stage and afterward will join Environmental Heroes Florencia Ramirez and SeaLegacy on the Main Stage for further recognition from award presenters Congressman Salud Carbajal and legendary singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. Location: Kids Stage. When: Saturday, April 21, 12:45 p.m.
- Environmental Hero Awards – Hear Oxnard author and water activist FLORENCIA RAMIREZ and ocean activist collective SEALEGACY as they accept this annual CEC award. Presentation by U.S. CONGRESSMAN SALUD CARBAJAL and legendary singer-songwriter KENNY LOGGINS, who will play a few songs with his daughter Hana, including “Conviction of the Heart,” coined the “unofficial anthem of the environmental movement” by Al Gore. Location: Main Stage. When: Saturday, April 21 2:00 p.m.
- Past Environmental Hero Award recipients include former author and activist Paul Hawkens, U.S. Congressmembers Lois Capps and Salud Carbajal, Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres, 350.orgfounder Bill McKibben, science educator Bill Nye, actress Daryl Hannah, director James Cameron, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
- CEC Booth Climate Connection – Write postcards to representatives, play a “Connect the Climate Dots” Twister, enter drawings for eco-friendly prizes –including a Patagonia wetsuit, clothing, toys, massages and more!–and talk to CEC’s team about local efforts to build a climate resilient future through initiatives to #gosolar, #driveclean, #driveless, #rethinkfood, and #ditchplastic.
- Elected Officials Booth – Talk to representatives and share why climate-resilient policies and other local solutions to climate change matter to you. Location: Elected Officials Booth in Public Square. See the schedule of elected officials at SBEarthDay.org/electeds.
Santa Barbara Green Car Show RIDE & DRIVE– The 2018 test drive event adds FOUR ELECTRIC BIKE COMPANIES: ebikezz, Pedego, Story Bikes and Lime Bike bikeshare. Attendees can also test out fuel- efficient cars including the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Toyota Mirai, Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In and the all-new updated Nissan Leaf. Location: Santa Barbara and Micheltorena at top of Green Car Show. When: Saturday, April 21 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- UCSB Adventure Tower – Support CEC’s year-round work to combat climate change by tackling this 50 foot tower. Cost: $5 per climb.Location: Great Outdoors.
Zero Waste Zone – The festival has long hand-sorted recycle, compost, and landfill to be as green as possible. Now festival attendees can get hands-on with their waste stream to learn how what they toss, and where they toss it, impacts climate. Anyone who volunteers for 30 minutes or more can receive tickets to enter at the CEC Booth drawing, free kombucha tickets, or (for 21+) beer tickets. Location: Zero Waste Zone above Sustainable Food Court on East side of festival.
- Festival Greening – Separate your waste into recycle, compost, and landfill containers, with volunteers on hand if you have questions. Bring your own REUSABLE BOTTLE to fill up at our water stations and bring your own REUSABLE PINT CUP for the Beer Garden or buy one with your drink tickets for a discount.
Noting the urgent need for local leadership as we look to rebuild after recent disasters, CEC’s CEO/Executive Director Sigrid Wright stated, “Santa Barbara can choose to set an example by rebuilding better and stronger after the recent disasters. With the clear trend of increasingly intense and frequent severe weather, it’s critical that we make smart decisions that lead our region to be climate resilient. ”
Commenting on the role that the festival plays, she continued, “Since we began in 1970, CEC’s Earth Day Festival has been a place for our region to gather, get educated on how daily actions affect the planet, and to get inspiration to act. This year, as the community gathers for the first large festival since the Thomas Fire and Montecito debris flow, we believe this is the time and place to build momentum toward real change.”
How to get to the festival:
Festival organizers work closely with SBBike, MTD bus service, Santa Barbara Car Free, and other partners to inspire attendees to arrive car free. In addition to free bike valet service and tune-ups from SBBike, organizers are offering incentives for those who leave their car at home:
- Before the festival. Save up to 20% when you register at SantaBarbaraCarFree.org and book your trip at least three days in advance at 1-800-USA-RAIL or Amtrak.com.
- At the festival. Arrive car free and head to the Santa Barbara Car Free Check In booth near Santa Barbara and Micheltorena to register for raffle prizes from Adventure Company, Amtrak, Condor Express, Good Lion, MOXI, Rodney’s Grill, Santa Barbara Inn, Santa Barbara Sailing Center, Test Pilot, and more!
What to do at CEC’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival:
The festival itself will have dozens of other ways to learn about and take action on building climate resilience. Attendees can connect with over 200 organizations throughout the park that are involved in responding to recent disasters and/or cultivating solutions.
In addition to the core climate activities listed above, other highlights include:
- Earth Day Main Stage. New Noise Music Foundation presents an energetic line-up of talent. Stage schedule online at SBearthday.org/entertainment and in the Earth Day Festival Guide (published in the Santa Barbara Independent on Thursday, April 19). Location: On west side of the park near Micheltorena and Anacapa.
- Saturday headliners are King Zero at 6:00 p.m. and Amo Amo at 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday final lineup includes Greatful Shred at 3:45 p.m., One Two Tree at 4:30 p.m. and Mapache at 5:25 p.m.
- 2 Mini-Stages.
- Roots Stage, sponsored by Cultivate Events, features discussions on food waste and our local food system from members of the Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan, waste sorting from Green Project Consultants, a water-wise cooking demo with 2018 CEC Environmental Hero Award recipient Florencia Ramirez, ukulele music and more. Location: Homegrown Roots.
- Kids Stage, sponsored by Learningden Preschool and Explore Ecology offering youth dance and athletic performances, environmental education, and presentation of the second annual Explore Ecology Environmental Stewardship Awards. Location: Kids Corner.
- Free Bike Valet. Bicyclists have car-free, secure parking and a mobile repair shop thanks to hosts SBBike. Location: on east side of the park, near the corner of Santa Barbara and Micheltorena.
- Santa Barbara Green Car Show featuring a Ride & Drive, electric bikes, and the electric vehicle Owners’ Corner. This is among the largest annual free-to-the-public showcases of battery electric, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, and other alt-fuel automobiles on the West Coast. It’s also the longest-running public Green Car Show in the United States, and now features emerging mobility options like electric bikes! Location: on Santa Barbara Street, between Sola and Micheltorena Streets. Highlights include:
- Ride & Drive of current plug-in and hybrid vehicles, including Toyota Fuel-Cell Mirai, Toyota Prius Prime, all-new Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and more.
- ALL NEW Electric Bicycle Ride & Drive area with electrified bicycles and scooters from four companies: Lime Bike, Pedego, Story Bicycles, and Ebikes.
- Owners Circle for talking with those who have made the switch to a cleaner-fuel car, including the Chevy Bolt and brand new Tesla Model 3.
- A Solar Carport and off-grid solar charging stationdemonstrating how some residents and businesses are using solar power to run their vehicles with renewable energy.
- Public Square. Community members can connect with eco-organizations to take action on environmental issues through innovative programs like Bye-Bye Mattress recycling, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator‘s cutting edge clean energy start-ups, award-winning conservationism like Paso Pacifico, eco-conscious organizations like Toad&Co, and talking with state, county, and city legislative leaders as they host public office hours at the Elected Officials Booth. Location: on west side of the park, along Santa Barbara Street.
- Homegrown Roots. Connect with farmers, beekeepers, food artisans, and organizations dedicated to making food accessible to everyone in our community. Make sure to stop by and visit with Isla Vista Food Co-op, Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association, and the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens. Location: on west side of the park, next to Santa Barbara and Sola.
- Great Outdoors. See how climate plays a role in the outdoor activities you love most with interactive classes, a climbing wall, and activities hosted by eco-conscious sporting and outdoor companies. Location: on east side of the park, along Santa Barbara and Micheltorena.
- Eco Village. Step up to the responsibility of being an eco-citizen by meeting your day-to-day needs with upcycled clothing, natural remedies, and fair-trade products. Give your home an eco-scrub with solar energy, water conservation, green home improvements, and more. Location: on west side of the park, along Santa Barbara Street.
Kids Corner. Our youth can take action on climate through environmentally-geared art, interactive exhibits from MOXI and Cox Communications, gardening, face painting, and more. A KIDS STAGEwill feature SB Zoo’s Duncan the Dinosaur, student dance and martial arts demonstrations, fun music, and eco-educational presentations on topics like soil and water. Sponsored by LearningDen Preschool and Explore Ecology. Location: on east side of the park, near Sola Street.
Earth Day Family Passport. Fun, hands-on activities throughout the park engage the whole family in 10 different ways to actively advocate for and protect the climate. When all 10 are stamped, turn passport in at the last stop and be entered to win fun prizes including summer camp registrations from Explore Ecology or SCWriP Young Writers Camp, MOXI tickets, South Coast Karate classes and more. Location: Pick up passport at the Santa Barbara Car Free Check In (near Santa Barbara & Micheltorena). Turn in at Explore Ecology booth in Kids Corner.
Dog Zone. If you’re bringing a four-legged friend along, two Dog Zones have water and compostable bags, sponsored by Central Coast Canine and Heal the Ocean. Advanced Veterinary Specialists is on site with treats, water, and emergency bee sting care. Location: Great Outdoors on west side of festival near Climbing Tower; Kiosk near corner of Sola and Anacapa.
Volunteering. Each year 300 volunteers come together to help make the festival run, assisting with kids activities, attendee counts, photography, stage needs and more. Your three-hour shift earns you a free Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival t-shirt, lunch, and new eco-conscious friends. Groups, individuals, and high school students in need of volunteer hours are all welcome to join, and are especially needed for the Sunday afternoon and early evening shifts. Volunteer today at SBEarthDay.org/volunteer.
Food and drink:
Sustainable Food Court. Earth Day’s delectable, sustainable food court strives to be greener each year, with every vendor committed to sourcing at least 50% of Earth Day offerings from local farmers, ranchers, fishermen and food artisans. All service ware is compostable, the Food Court is a “no straw zone”, and no plastic water bottles are being sold – so bring your reusable bottle to fill up at locations throughout park. Enjoy sumptuous Mexican, Argentine, Barbecue, Peruvian Superfoods and down-home American cooking, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options including Mobile Cafe’s Hungry Planet and Taco Tuyo. Savor desserts from McConnell’s and Here’s the Scoop, plus a range of beverages, including Whalebird Kombucha, Electric Lemonade and Juice Ranch. Location: on the east side of the park, along Sola Street.
Local Beer & Wine Garden. Enjoy delicious, cold beer from Firestone Walker Brewery and local wines. Remember to bring your reusable steel pints, or get one from CEC with purchase while supplies last to get a discount on your drinks. Location: near the Main Stage.