Will Portland have an Earth Day?
Over one billion people, in 22 countries around the world, take part in Earth Day each year, but it seems the holiday is losing steam in the Portland community.
The City Repair Project, a Portland community group that specializes in "placemaking" art and intersection amenities, has hosted Earth Day events since 1999. But after 13 years of organizing Earth Day festivals, it won't be doing one this year.
City Repair's Earth Day is run almost entirely by volunteers, and not enough people signed on to be coordinators, so the nonprofit decided to take a break this year.
Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many feel was the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The Earth Day Network's 2013 Earth Day theme is: The Face of Climate Change. This not only highlights those affected by climate change, but those who are doing something to change it.
Despite the fact that "Protect and enhance the natural and built environment" is number four on a list of goals that Portland advertises on its official site, portlandonline.com, Portland residents have dropped the ball in environmental activism, as far as this year's Earth Day goes.
However, Portland won't be completely without Earth Day festivities. Portland State University will be holding its 6th annual festival on Monday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. behind Smith Memorial Student Union on the Park blocks.