WMEAC Earth Day Celebration
Who better to celebrate Earth Month with than the West Michigan Environmental Action Council?
The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is hosting the 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration April 23rd, 2014 at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This is WMEAC’s largest annual event that will not only celebrate Earth Day but will also showcase how to host a completely zero waste event! WMEAC and Frederik Meijer Gardens have partnered with local businesses Vibrant Solutions and New Soil to make the to make this zero-waste event possible.
This second annual event will feature music from The Crane Wives and looks to celebrate the past, present and future of environmentalism in West Michigan and give away the first ever WMEAC Environmental Legacy Award. The speakers for the Earth Day Celebration, include Former Executive Director of WMEAC, Roger Conner to discuss how environmentalism has changed over the past 45 years since the beginning of WMEAC. Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, a member of President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, will speak on the present environmental concerns with a focus on climate change and climate resiliency. Katie Fahey, Sustainability Coordinator of Spartan Nash and winner of the 2014 Women of Hope award at the Women and the Environment Symposium, will be discussing how future generations will be able to be a part environmental action.
“When it comes to organizing for the environment it’s good to understand where we have come from but also where we are going.” Rachel Hood, Executive Director of WMEAC said, “WMEAC has been around for 45 years, and in that time there have been a number of environmental accomplishments, but we also realize our environment is still in great danger.”