If you plan to attend the annual Savannah Earth Day Festival on April 20, the big thing you need to know this year is the new location. It's moved to Daffin Park.
Each spring, the Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition hosts the event to celebrate environmentally responsible citizens and businesses in the community. The event also serves as an opportunity for nonprofits and community groups to connect with the public and each other.
The festival is free and features food trucks, live entertainment, children’s activities, educational opportunities, arts and crafts, storytellers and more.
This year’s event also features the Rethink Repair Workshop with a two-hour workshop to repair things. Also see local favorite The Train Wrecks' live performance on the main stage.
Joanne Morton, the director of sustainable events and arts and co-organizer for this year’s festival, says the group hopes the big change in venue from Forsyth to Daffin Park will make it easier for more locals to walk and bike to the event, as well as offer more parking to those who need to drive.
“We are also pulling in more schools and bringing in more students to this year’s event,” she says.
Myers and DeRenne middle school bands will be performing and Tybee Island Maritime Academy will open the festival. They have also collaborated with local schools for poster artwork.
And Morton says the expanded incorporation of students into this year’s event is very intentional.
“It’s not about our future anymore; it's about the children’s future,” Morton says. “If we don’t start engaging them in the conversation, then we aren’t doing a good job of bringing them into the future. The kids want the waters protected and the animals to succeed. We need to start listening to them.”
Morton says the theme for this year’s festival is “Protect our Species” and the group is aiming to make the event more community focused.
“That message is really important for this area … because we have the North Atlantic right whales just off our coast and that species is very endangered.”
“Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition wants to encourage Savannah to make every day Earth Day. As much fun as we have doing this event, only 10,000 show up and there is 300,000 people in Chatham County. So how do we reach everybody?
“We have to change these habits that are hurting our environment and the only way we can do that is with community engagement and education. If we do two events each month, we could potentially touch every community each year. We need to go out to the people and support them to make changes. The only way you can make change is to support each other.”