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 takes place at the Surrey City Hall Plaza and features eco-friendly activities and live music while highlighting Surrey’s green initiatives. What can you expect? Well, previous celebrations have featured three stages showcasing some of Canada’s most popular bands, as well as roving performers you can catch as you explore the event.
There’s no shortage of delicious, healthy food at Party for the Planet. Surrey Urban Farmers Market is usually on hand, supporting and celebrating local farmers, food producers, and artisans by giving them an opportunity to sell their goods… and giving you the opportunity to pick up some delicious local produce. You’re also likely to stumble across the Smoothie Stop. The official drink of Party for the Planet is sponsored by Safeway and mixed in a blender powered by a bike… yeah. Did we say it’s a smoothie you’ve got to work for?
Other festival highlights include interactive recycling initiatives, road hockey, a rock-climbing wall, and a facepainting and crafts station for the kids.
If you’re in Surrey during our annual Earth Day celebration, then join the other 20,000 attendees and ‘be the change’. It’s for a good cause… and it’s loads of fun.