Earth Week 2023 featured community events and lots of fun. We are so grateful to everyone who made this week of events successful! Everyone who attended and volunteered at the events contributed so much. We are also grateful to our partners, vendors, and sponsors. This year we hosted eight events covering many aspects of sustainability.
At the Virtual Kickoff, local musician and songwriter Hannah Rey shared their talents and wished everyone a Happy Earth week. Folks of all ages planted, seeded, and made art at the Farm Open House. Record numbers of volunteers braved snow and wind at the Lincoln Park Cleanup. They cleared almost 5,000 pounds of litter from the neighborhood.
Earth Week also featured chances for the community to learn about ongoing sustainability work. Guest speakers from the National Renewable Energy Lab shared their research on renewable energy and transportation. Michele Reeves led discussions about transportation and gentrification. She also spoke at the Sustainable Business Breakfast, alongside Mayor Emily Larson and Deputy Commissioner Grace Arnold. These conversations were enlightening, and highlighted the need for continued work and connections throughout the community.
Duluth EcoFest brought to life the theme, “Living Sustainably in Duluth.” Over 200 people attended, filling Clyde Iron Works with lively conversation. Vendors included local businesses, organizations, and community groups. There were also special features and interactive displays. Artist Anne Labovitz wove together stories into a community art piece. The “My Earth Story” board featured artwork and photography from the community. We also celebrated a successful partnership with the GetGreen app. This app promotes daily actions that can be taken to help slow climate change. All present enjoyed a fun day of activities and connections.
To all who attended, volunteered, supported, and sponsored Earth Week, we are so grateful. Thank you so much! We are already looking forward to Earth Week 2024, for continued connection and learning.