COLUMBIA — Rose Wise is excited to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on Sunday.
Wise, the Eco Avenue Coordinator for Columbia Earth Day Coalition, has supported environmental movements since 1978 and has participated in the festival ever since it began in 1990. After attending for a few years, she decided to join the coalition.
The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival: Moving Forward, Going Green will be from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday in Peace Park.
The festival is held every year to remind people of the importance of sustainability and encourage them to take action in helping the environment, according to a news release from the coalition.
"I'm just really excited to see people learning new stuff and to watch the whole Earth Day environmentalism and sustainability evolve and become the way that lots and lots of people are living," Wise said. "It gives me hope that we can save the planet and live a sustainable future."
Mark Haim, co-coordinator for the Street Fair, is looking forward to the festival as a chance for people to see the responsibility and take action to preserve and protect our natural environment.
"Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something," Haim said.
The best way to start an environmentally conscious lifestyle is to look at what one does each day to impact the earth, Haim said. He emphasized the importance of the green triangle: taking steps that are good for the environment, health and saving money. He gave examples of riding a bike to work or planting a vegetable garden.
Mostly sunny skies and a temperature of 67 degrees are expected for the festival on Sunday. In case of rain, the festival will take place April 29.
The Street Fair will consist of more than 225 booths from businesses, artisans and government agencies, according to the news release. Booths will be open from noon to 6:30 p.m.
One section of the Street Fair, Eco Avenue, will be located on Elm Street west of the intersection with Eighth Street and will be comprised of 30 booths from organizations around Columbia. Each booth will offer lessons about how to reduce environmental impact and lead a more sustainable lifestyle.
Some of the organizations that will have booths at Eco Avenue are Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, Dogwood Solar, MU Sustainability Office and the PedNet Coalition. For a complete list, visit the festival’s website at columbiaearthday.org.
Children can explore nature in the Kids' Park from noon to 5 p.m. There, they can learn about helping the planet through stream and river activities, making art with recyclable material and constructing recycled bottle rockets and bark boats.
The festival will have entertainment for the duration of the festival, according to the following schedule.
- Noon to 2 p.m.: Grant Elementary All-School Choir and Drum Ensemble, Midway Heights Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade choir, The Hellbenders and Stephens College Children's School Group
- 2 to 4 p.m.: Earth and Sky, DanceArts Dance Academy and La Movida
- 4 to 6 p.m.: John D'Agostino and the Earth Day Band, Mere Mortals, Violet and the Undercurrents, and Missouri Weather and the Wait Five
- 6 to 7 p.m.: The Box Elders
There will also be performances by David Owens and Ravenwolf throughout the day.