Central Florida Earth Day


Central Florida Earth Day includes exhibits and activities, taking place at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 21, 2018 from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE! Earth Day is a family-friendly, dog-friendly, alcohol-free, and smoke-free event. Earth Day is a vegan event; for information on why, visit the Why Vegan? page. Earth Day program is now in its 13th year.

11:00 a.m. “IDEAS For Us: 10 Years of Action in Orlando”
-Clayton Louis Ferrara, Executive Director/CEO of IDEAS For Us
-Sharon Hammond
-Chris Stampar
-Lee Perry

12:00 p.m. “‘Water’ You Doing to Help the Planet: Facing Concerns for Aquatic Environments”
-Geoff Palmer, Clean Machine
-Katrina Garvin Shadix, Bear Warriors United
​-Eric Rollings, Chair of Orange Soil and Water Conservation District
-Ed Young, Vice Chair of Seminole Soil & Water Conservation District

1:00 p.m. “Environmental and Climate Justice: Protecting People and Animals”
-Nadia Ahmad, Assistant Professor at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
-Michelle Suarez, Sr. Lead Organizer & Climate Justice Organizer for Organize Florida
-Aja-Nikiya Estro, Founder and Director of Compassion Kind, saving lives in Puerto Rico

2:00 p.m. “Green Works 2.0: A Discussion with Green Works Orlando”
-Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability
-Daniel Friedline, Public Outreach Coordinator
​-Ian Jurgensen, Sustainability Project Manager
-Brittany Sellers, Sustainability Project Manager

3:00 p.m. “Fair Food for All: Diet, Health, and Justice”
-Dawn Moncrief, Founder and Executive Director of A Well-Fed World, a food justice, hunger relief, and animal protection organization

-Kathy Schmitz, Senior Minister of First Unitarian Church of Orlando
-Dirk Dunbar, Professor with a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities

4:00 p.m. “Awareness in Action: Florida Environmental Issues from the Perspectives of Front-Line Activists”
-Josie Balzac, Environmental Attorney, Professor, & IDEAS for Us Board Member
-Adam Sugalski, Executive Director of OneProtest – An Advocacy Organization
-Emily Bonilla, Making Voices Heard in Local Government
-Pati Robinson, Founder and director of the Cleaner Earth Project, a non-profit to reduce use of plastic bags

5:00 p.m. “Sustainable Business in the Sunshine State: Agriculture, Energy, and Consumerism”
-Michael Brown, President of Solar-Ray, Inc.
-Tim Burns, Co-Founder of Ecojoia and NorthShore Printing
-Nicole Inmon, Vegan chef with 20+ years of culinary experience

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