THE 20TH LOCAL & 50TH GLOBAL ANNIVERSARY
Message from Mayor Van Johnson announcing the Savannah Earth Day 2020 “Our Earth, Our Future” Student Competition Winners:
NOTICE: After much deliberation and consideration of a number of factors related to the impacts of COVID-19, the organizing committee of the Earth Day Festival has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 Earth Day Festival. The City of Savannah is one of the primary sponsors of the event and is a core member of the organizing committee, which also includes representatives from One Hundred Miles, Bike Walk Savannah, Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition, Savannah Riverkeeper, and other non-governmental organizations.
The Festival was scheduled for Saturday, April 18th in Daffin Park. Each year, Savannah has between 9,000-12,000 attendees. The critical risk to human health through potential exposure at the festival drove this decision. Additionally, weeks in advance of the event, the Festival is reliant upon the support of over 40 volunteers and generous business sponsors. With the current conditions, both of these critical resources have become extremely limited.
One component of the Festival that will remain is a project called “Our Earth, Our Future.” The intent is to give youth of Savannah a platform to express their hopes, concerns, challenges and aspirations about the future of our planet and Savannah through art, STEM, and community activism projects.
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Each year in the spring, the City of Savannah’s Department of Sustainability, Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition, One Hundred Miles, Bike Walk Savannah, Savannah Riverkeeper, other nonprofits, and our local community gather in a city park to become the nucleus of the city’s green initiatives. It is a celebration of environmentally responsible people and businesses in coastal Georgia.
The Savannah Earth Day Festival serves as an important opportunity for local government, nonprofits, and community groups to connect with the public and each other. It is the City’s largest environmental outreach event of the year and the largest educational Earth Day event in the State of Georgia.
This event is made free to the public, with generous support from The City of Savannah’s Sustainability Department, community leaders, and people like you!