Discover the Astounding at Earth Day Texas 2017

An Insiders Guide




Earth Day Texas, held from April 21 through 23, at Fair Park, in Dallas, is best enjoyed with the kids, learning how to be more eco-friendly. The Dallas Sustainable Food Market and Beer Garden will be on-site, along with several local vegetarian chefs and restaurants to keep focused on sustainability and health. There is also music, tree climbing, yoga and more.

Earthack is centered on using technology to solve real environmental issues plaguing the world. Students and technology professionals from around the world will gather in groups of five and be presented with real life challenges and spend 36 hours exploring ideas and designing solutions that can be implemented on a global scale. Visitors can actually listen in on the proceedings.

They can also try their hand at scuba diving in the 20-by-30-foot mobile Go Dive Now Pool, with certified instructors. BYO swimsuits, but dressing rooms, towels and all the newest diving equipment, including wetsuits and fins, are provided. Children 10 and 11 years old will be required to have an adult in the pool trying scuba with them. Ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food, while numerous populations of pollinators are nearing record lows and seriously need our help. Learn how to make a substantial difference in the environment by promoting pollinator health and habitats at home at The Pollinator Accelerator to learn how to be part of the solution and sign the citizens’ pollinator pledge.

EARTHxFilm will screen documentaries such as Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, from the Sundance Film Festival, in addition to 35 more films and 50 screenings. Related highlights include EARTHxVR (virtual reality) Spotlight, outdoor screenings, music, art, youth filmmaking workshops and a student competition.

The EARTHxGlobal Gala will honor environmental heroes and change makers that work to protect our planet with the Global Impact Awards from 6 to 10 p.m., April 21. The star-studded evening will celebrate progress, hope and innovation in a global shift toward a sustainable and secure future.

Two villages of tiny houses will be on display—one for those ready to learn how to take downsizing into their own hands—and another where the convenience of going small can be delivered through one of the many EARTHx manufacturing partners. On Saturday and Sunday, Tiny House Collaborative will host workshops about tiny house communities and their growing popularity across the country. Two of the houses are for sale.

For more information and updates, visit earthdaytx.org and earthxfilm.org. Get gala tickets at earthdaytx.org/earthxglobal.

 

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