You know what feels good? Throwing a party for someone who deserves it. Like, really deserves it. Someone who doesn’t always get the recognition she deserves. Someone who at times, has been dealt a pretty bad hand.
That’s why each year when spring rolls around we start looking forward to Surrey’s annual Party for the Planet. It’s an Earth Day festival that celebrates this incredible planet we call home.
The holiday commemorates what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson. He was moved to make a difference after a massive oil spill ravaged Santa Barbara, California in 1969. He was also inspired by the passion of the anti-war movement and realised that if he could combine that same fire with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, environmental protection could become a part of the national political agenda. He was right.
Today over 5,000 environmental groups in nearly 200 countries are raising awareness for this important cause and igniting a desire for real environmental change.
Party for the Planet usually takes place at the Surrey City Hall Plaza and features eco-friendly activities and live music while highlighting Surrey’s green initiatives. But what can you expect in 2021? This year, due to the pandemic you’re invited to celebrate Earth Day with a virtual Party for the Planet!
Presented by TD Bank, this year’s free, family-friendly livestream will feature a series of segments from Surrey’s Sustainability, Parks, Transportation, Waste Management and other departments to educate viewers on environmental initiatives and ways to live sustainably and contribute to a healthier planet. The livestream will include environmental education for all ages, musical entertainment, Indigenous performances, interactive workshops, quizzes, kids crafts and more.
This Earth Day join in on-line and ‘be the change’. It’s for a good cause… and it’s loads of fun.