Planets align for Earth Day

Earth Day, recognized on April 22 annually, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. It was in 1970 that Earth Day was born, but that is not to say that Americans were environmentally conscious. We drove automobiles that took leaded gas, factories were unregulated and air pollution was prevalent back then.
Today, Earth Day is the hallmark for the environmental and sustainability efforts celebrated in over 175 countries by millions of people. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) Earth Day Celebration is the largest independent Earth Day event in Grand Rapids.
They are hosting their Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 20 at Fountain Street Church from 7-11 p.m. 
“This is our fourth year celebrating Earth Day at WMEAC, and we’re sure it’ll be the best yet,” boasts WMEAC executive director Rachel Hood. “We have a lot to celebrate this year. We’ve achieved major milestones in the regional environmental movement and our organization as well. We’re looking forward to big news in the coming year.”
She is speaking about the Michigan Jobs, Michigan Energy ballot initiative which would boost the amount of renewable electricity provided by utilities to 25 percent by 2025, along with the strong progress on regional issues such as stormwater management in Grand Rapids, energy planning in Holland and airport run-off in Cascade Township. 
Next week’s celebration will be headlined by Earthwork Music artist Steppin’ In It, a six-piece band from Lansing that will bring a brand of old-time county, soul and Americana infused songs. Local artists, Karisa Wilson and Jim Shaneberger, will also be sharing their musical talents. The event offers a cash bar and food from What The Truck/The Winchester as well as educational exhibits and speakers on regional and national environmental issues.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available at Schuler’s Books, online at, or at the event. A $10 discount ticket is available for students and GRPL library card holders.  
Want to get involved? Be a do-gooder and participate. Here’s how:
• Purchase an Earth Day event ticket 
• Learn more about WMEAC
• LIKE the organization on Facebook
• Sign up for their e-newsletter
• Find more upcoming events
Source: Rachel Hood, West Michigan Environmental Action Council
Writer: Jennifer Wilson, Do Good Editor
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