Last Saturday, an estimated 30,000 people or more came to White River State Park to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. The sun was not out but clearly Mother Nature was smiling on the festival, holding off on the rain until late in the afternoon.
The last few years the Indianapolis Earth Day was located at the American Legion Mall.
In attendance there were over 130 reserved tables, including restaurants, boy scouts, small businesses that use recycled products, a petting zoo and local recycling companies. Stephen Sellers, executive director of Earth Day Indiana said he believed this year’s celebration topped last year’s attendance of 30,000, and indeed one of the larger earth day events in the country.
In addition to the tables, visitors were entertained with music by local groups Mars or the Moon, The Peoples’ Voice, Acoustic Catfish, Sarah Grain and Friends, Deep Fryed Acoustiblasters and the Blue Hound Underground.
In between performances, U.S. House of Representatives member Andre Carson took the podium to talk about Earth Day and encourage all attendees to hold their representatives in Indiana accountable for the environment.
The first Earth Day began on April 22nd, 1970, started by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who after seeing fellow politicians' lack of concern for the environment and the power of campus activism, brought the event into being. Today, more than a billion people across the globe celebrate Earth Day.