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Party for the Planet

You know what feels good? Throwing a party for someone who deserves it. Like, really deserves it. Someone who doesn’t always get the recognition she deserves. Someone who at times, has been dealt a pretty bad hand.

That’s why we can’t wait for Surrey’s annual Party for the Planet on April 22nd. It’s an Earth Day festival that celebrates this incredible planet we call home.

The holiday commemorates what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson. He was moved to make a difference after a massive oil spill ravaged Santa Barbara, California in 1969. He was also inspired by the passion of the anti-war movement and realised that if he could combine that same fire with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, environmental protection could become a part of the national political agenda. He was right.

Today over 5,000 environmental groups in nearly 200 countries are raising awareness for this important cause and igniting a desire for real environmental change.

So why not ‘be the change’ by joining over 20,000 other attendees at Party for the Planet?  It’s for a good cause… and it’s loads of fun. The festival takes place at the Surrey City Hall Plaza and features eco-friendly activities and live music while highlighting Surrey’s green initiatives. Below are some examples of what you can expect to find at this year’s Party for the Planet:

Live Music

Party for the Planet features three stages, as well as roving performers you can catch as you explore the event. Some of Canada’s most exciting artists will be showcased, such as headliner Shawn Hook, Virgina to Vegas and Willa. The YVR Global Stage located in Council Chambers will offer environmental speakers and popular family entertainers including Music with Marni, Raptors Ridge Birdds of Prey, Bobs and Lolo, and a Science World demonstration.

Canada 150

You don’t turn one-hundred-and-fifty every year. That’s why Canada’s big birthday bash is being incorporated into many of Surrey’s staple events, and Party for the Planet is no exception. Decorate Canadian flag cookies, get your face painted, share what you love about Canada, and meet ‘Eh’ the Canada Maple Leaf mascot in the Canada 150 Zone.

Trees

Take home a tree to plant in your own backyard. At the event, you can purchase a tree for $20. You’ll find fruit trees, shade trees – a tree for every type of yard! Arborists will be on hand to help you decide what tree to choose, as well as provide tips on how to plant and care for your new tree.

Recycling

Help ReGeneration and LightRecycle celebrate Earth Day by recycling your old lighting products. Bring your burnt out light bulbs, lamps and fixtures to the LightRecycle booth for recycling and enjoy an interactive special waste recycling game right next door with ReGeneration!

Urban Safari Rescue Society

If you’re a big animal lover, or you have one in your family, don’t miss the Urban Safari Rescue Society performance, or indoor booth. Learn all about conservation of habitats and ecosystem, and the types of animals that make great pets (or more importantly… the ones who do best in the wild).

Crafts & Facepainting
Kids will have a blast getting their faces painted and making fun eco-themed, up-cycling crafts like salmon-themed reusable bag painting, self-watering planters, and making bird seed cookies!

For a schedule of the full lineup and an entire list of what to find at The event, visit here.

Photo Courtesy of the City of Surrey

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