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Environmental stewardship features NEW Initiatives at Earth Day Texas

Environmental Press release

Events inspire conversation, participation & community support to help revive ocean health and restore native pollinator habitat

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DALLAS (March 15, 2017) – From exploring the global health crisis of mass plastic pollution to learning best practices that help restore native pollinator habitat, this year’s Earth Day Texas will feature two brand new innovative environmental initiatives that will ignite discussion, education and community action.

“The health of oceans and native pollinator habitat has an overwhelming impact on our everyday lives – affecting farmland and coral reefs, international trade and economic development, just to scratch the surface,” said Jeff Dye “The Earth Day Guy,” who manages environmental stewardship programs at Earth Day Texas. “We feel confident this year’s activities and our two key environmental initiatives can play a meaningful role to increase the level of environmental literacy and inspire action to improve the health of these fragile, vital ecosystems.”

Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing people one out of every three bites of food. Today, numerous populations of pollinators are experiencing record habitat lows and need help from the community. Through the Pollinator Accelerator program, participants can ignite conversations with experts from around the world and learn more about what businesses, consumers, families and communities can do to help.

Pollinator Accelerator

This first new initiative was designed to generate greater citizen and civic support for pollinators and their habitats through engagement, education, networking, awareness, collaboration and participation. Attendees can join to experience various engagement areas throughout Fair Park, including interactive exhibits, garden demos, workshops and panel discussions. Below are a few ways attendees can take specific action:

  • The Citizens’ Pollinator Pledge – Everyday folks learn about how they can make a substantial difference in the environment by promoting pollinator health and native habitat at home and by generating greater awareness to the leadership in each of their cities. This is a great opportunity to take direct action by signing the Citizens’ Pollinator Pledge!
  • The HIVE – Buzz on in and join some of the world’s premier organizations focused on pollinators and native plants! We will have interactive workshops, demonstrations, products for purchase, a chance to make your own seed ball and so much more!
  • Experience The Butterfly House- Join us dailyat 12 p.m. Friday-Sunday for a talk and butterfly release as we let newly-emerged butterflies out into the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House at The Texas Discovery Gardens. Admission is FREE and open to attendees from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day throughout the weekend. Experience various species of butterflies from U.S., Africa, El Salvador, Colombia, Philippines and Malaysia.
  • The National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge – Opportunities for city officials to participate in Smart Texas Revolution, presented by The Dallas Innovation Alliance, and showcase various communities that have taken the initiative by signing The National Wildlife Federation’s “Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.”

Project D.E.E.P (Discover, Experience, Empower and Protect)

The second new initiative known as Project D.E.E.P., encompassing various elements throughout Fair Park, will create awareness about ocean conservation, ignite productive discussion and encourage a call to action for the everyday citizen. Below are a couple fun ways attendees can get involved:

  • The EARTHIKE Challenge with World Oceans Day– Join us for the largest Earth Day kick-off event at EDTx leading up to World Oceans Day. From a grassroots perspective, attendees can learn how they can play an active role to support the health of our waterways, oceans and communities at the same time by accepting the challenge to help grab litter & single-use plastic waste while taking “hikes” in their own backyard, without spending a dime. The challenge begins on Earth Day (April 22nd) and runs through World Oceans Day (June 8th).
  • Scuba Dive at Earth Day Texas…Really!? – Dive in and experience scuba diving with certified master instructors at the “Go Dive Now Pool” where attendees can sample some of the newest diving equipment including wetsuits, fins, regulators and tanks. Just don’t forget your swimsuit or you’ll have to come back!
  • EARTHxFilm – Enjoy screenings of key films such as “Plastic Ocean” and “Chasing Coral.”
  • The D.E.E.P. End – Enjoy interactive exhibits from partner organizations, workshops and panels. We will showcase leading global experts who will inspire and educate about the delicate balance of our oceans and what you can do to play a positive role, no matter where you live. Ask questions! Find your new favorite organization and plan a dive!

“This event is designed to stimulate greater corporate and grassroots support to protect our oceans, from America’s heartland to the coast, through education, networking, collaboration and participation,” added Dye. “You don’t have to live on the coast to make an impact. Everyone can join us to learn about the health of our oceans and make an active commitment to help eliminate single-use plastics that often find their way into our waterways, and eventually, our oceans.”

Attend Earth Day Texas 2017
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 19-23, 2017 (some events by invite only)

WHERE: Fair Park, Dallas Texas
Free; special fees apply to select conferences and events.
INFORMATION: 214-310-1200; earthdaytx.org

POLLINATOR ACCELERATOR: April 21-23 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) at Texas Discovery Gardens
PROJECT D.E.E.P.: April 21-23 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) at Fair Park

About Earth Day Texas

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas (EDTx) has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future. Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EDTx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can also enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally-themed films and art exhibits, beer and food pavilions, family activities and more. Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased more than 800 exhibitors and 250 speakers, with more than 130,000 attendees enjoying the free, three-day event. For more information, visit http://www.earthdaytx.org.

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Media Contact

Rosalynn Vasquez, Earth Day Texas

Contact: Jeff Dye

Email: jeff@earthdaytx.org

Phone: 214-865-6365


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