TreeHugger founder Graham Hill, Bryan Hughes of Planet Green, and many other volunteers at Koshland Community Garden. Photo by Jaymi Heimbuch
The Green Apple Festival hoped to get a good sized turn out of volunteers for Earth Day activities, rewarding participants with free concerts of major headlining bands. Turns out, the volunteers needed little enticing. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in Earth Day 2009 through the Earth Day Network and Green Apple Festival. Making The Earth Day Effort Happen
Over Earth Day Weekend, the Earth Day Network and Green Apple Festival partnered to present Earth Day On The National Mall in DC as well as a coordinated, nationwide series of 245 volunteer actions with the help of 107 local and national non-profits in major cities across the U.S.
A big thanks goes out, of course, to the presenting sponsors for the coordinated effort, who included Disneynature, Timberland, Motorola, Inc. and Clear2GO, as well as associate sponsors FedEx and Zumbox and media partners Planet Green and USAToday.
Big Crowds for Thank You Concerts
An estimated 100,000 people came out to the Mall, where, in front of The Capitol Building a powerful line-up of speakers and musicians addressed the crowd throughout the day. Hosted by Earth Day Network and produced by Green Apple Festival, Earth Day On The National Mall featured The Flaming Lips, Los Lobos, moe., DJ Spooky and Black Violin.
Thousands also volunteered in Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA and Washington, DC, eaach city hosting its own concert as a special thank you to volunteers.
Inspired by the new administration's "call to action," activities such as park and beach clean-ups, tree planting and mulching, energy efficiency retrofit installations, urban garden planting and forest restoration were offered as climate solutions that also served to strengthen community ties.
"This year was an important step into the future," Green Apple Festival Co-Founder and Executive Producer Peter Shapiro noted. "We have had great experiences in previous years as a music festival with an environmental message but as we've grown to ten cities in our fourth year, we've harnessed the enthusiasm and energy of our participants to get important work done in our communities."
Green Apple Festival on TreeHugger
TreeHuggers turned out for Earth Day events associated with Green Apple Festival as well. We headed to community gardens, park clean-ups, and other events to see how people were participating in the world-wide effort of Earth Day. Check out our coverage if you happened to miss it the first time around:
Planting Trees in New York City's Biggest Park - Green Apple Festival 2009
Flaming Lips and Raised Fists: Thousands Celebrate Earth Day at DC's Green Apple Festival
Green Apple Festival 2009 San Francisco: Graham Hill Heads to Koshland Park and Garden (Video)
Green Apple Festival and Planet Green Launch Online Volunteer Sign-Up for Earth Day
Green Apple Festival 2009 San Francisco: Clear2Go Swaps Disposable for Filtered Water Bottles
Green Apple Festival in Seattle: Cleaning up the Angel Morgan P-Patch Community Garden
Green Apple Festival San Francisco: Thank You Concert a Success
Philippe Cousteau at the Green Apple Festival [Video]
Green Apple Festival 2009 in New York City: Spreading Compost in Tompkins Square Park
Green Apple Festival 2009: Added Value at Red Hook Community Farm, Brooklyn NY
Denver Green Apple Festival Snowed Out, But Thank You Concert Rocked! (video)
One Last Thank You
With a quick wrap-up of the stellar event, we want to thank everyone who volunteered for Earth Day efforts. Next year is the 40-year anniversary. We hope it'll see an even bigger turn out!