Celebrate Earth Day this April 22, the 46th anniversary that marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. In 1970, 20 million Americans took part in a rally for a more environmentally conscious society. Today, people across the globe take part in sharing this day to show love and respect for our planet. With climate challenges ever-growing (Time’s “Be Worried. Be Very Worried.”; Bloomberg’s “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”) and 2015 being one of the hottest years on record, according to NASA, it’s time to take positive action toward a sustainable future.
Top Ways to Celebrate Earth Day 2016 in Tampa Bay
#1 St. Petersburg Green Thumb Festival
7891 26th Avenue N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Join in the eco fun on April 23 and 24 at Walter Fuller Recreation Center. At this year’s St. Petersburg Green Thumb Festival, there will be a number of environmental and horticultural exhibits and vendors with the widest selection of plants and flowers.
Other exciting activities and features include:
- Recycling rally
- Children’s tree climbing
- Garden wagon parade
- Free mulch
- Plant auction
- More than 2,000 trees for sale for $5
- And much more!
7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33604
Head over to the Lowry Park bandshell area Saturday, April 23 for the 7th annual EcoFest. Admission is free and the event is open to the public, beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 3 p.m. This community event is organized to celebrate local businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to the three pillars of sustainability—ecology, equity and economy.
Activities and events include:
- Live music
- Local artists
- Green living products and services
- Environmental organizations
- Alternative health practitioners
- Renewable energy specialists
- Produce from organic farms and gardens
- Informational booths
#3 Florida Aquarium’s Fishackathon
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Over Earth Day weekend (April 22-24), The Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa will be participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Inaugural Fishackathon. Tech developers, coders, project managers and other ‘techies’ around the world will collaborate to “craft and create salient solutions for the oceans with technology, talents and teamwork.”
The event draws hundreds of people around the globe in over 40 cities. However, an expert panel of judges from Florida will select a winner from the Fishackathon at the Florida Aquarium who showcases the most innovative solution to sustainable fishing and long term ocean management. To learn more about #CodeForFish or to register for the event, visit: www.fishackathon.co.
#4 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Trek over the Skyway Bridge and visit Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens on Thursday, April 22 for a fun and unique way to celebrate this year’s Earth Day. From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., you can make a brilliant Costa Rican Rainforest Mask. Tickets are priced at $25 for members and $35 for guests. All proceeds go to benefit the Borucan Native Americans who create these stunning handmade pieces of art, as well as the Selby Gardens’ mission of education and conservation. Take a piece of Earth Day home with you this year as a reminder to be an environmental steward each and every day.
#5 Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
1101 Country Club Way South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Stroll through South St. Petersburg’s 245-acre award-winning Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to enjoy the beauty of the environment this Earth Day. The park hosts six miles of trails and boardwalks, with a number of unique ecosystems—hardwood hammocks, willow marsh, sand pine scrub and pine flatwoods, to name a few. There are guided tours, group rentals and overnight camping facilities. Enjoy old Florida in one of the most endangered habitats in the world as a fun reminder of the importance of conserving our fragile and beautiful ecosystem.
Call the Efficiency Experts at Blair’s Air
If you are looking to go green at home this Earth Day in Clearwater, St. Petersburg or the greater Tampa Bay area, Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help! Contact us today to find out how our team of expert technicians can get your home running as efficiently and effectively as possible. Call (727) 800-4148 to speak with one of our friendly representatives, or schedule service online to get started.