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Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020: You Are Invited!

Poster for Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020

This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the Environmental movement and the creation of Earth Day. While COVID-19 prevents locals from gathering to celebrate, we are all invited to join Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020 via Livestream on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, starting at 12 noon at

Organized by the Community Environmental Council (CEC), this month’s online festival will be the only Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020 celebration.  CEC decided to cancel the public festival, which was previously rescheduled to July, due to the fact that social distancing concerns may extend into the summer. 


But don’t fret. The 2020 Earth Day Live festival is FREE to stream and will include a host of celebrity performers and speakers listed below. This year, festival creators and organizers have adopted the #TogetherWeEarthrise theme in conjunction with the international Earth Day Network’s campaign to bring communities together at this challenging time.  #TogetherWeEarthrise is dedicated to inspiration, community building, and climate action.

The Line-Up

“I wanted to do something to save the world,” says local resident David Fortson, one of the hosts of the event. The UCSB Alumni and Founder of LoaTree and LoaCom will be joined by Cohost Eric Cardenas, the chief operating officer of LoaCom, a consulting company that offers marketing and communications services for “Better World Companies.”

Kenny Loggins, one of the performers at Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020

Kenny Loggins

Musical guests include Kenny Loggins, Zach Gill, Glen Phillips, Tina Schlieske, Michael McDonald, Whesli, Mike McHugh, Quinn DeVeaux, David Segall, and Rastan. You will also get inspired from leaders in the climate change movement including Former Vice President Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Jeff Bridges, Congressman Salud Carbajal, John Palminteri, Sigrid Wright, Florencia Ramirez, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Marc McGinnes, Madai Quevedo, Rebecca Brand, Brandi DeCarli, Ricky Biggs, Alan Parsons, Alys Martinez, Lin Aubuchon, and Tracy Lehr. This year, everyone can enjoy all the performances and talks from the comfort of their home. 

The Decision Decade

According to Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020 organizers, humans have entered the “decision decade.” What that means is now is the time to double down on reducing carbon emissions and taking personal action on climate. The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival provides the opportunity to get educated, get inspired and take action. This is your chance to plug into networks that are as passionate about the earth as you are. During the live streaming event, you will be able to connect with more than 200 organizations, businesses, and nonprofits, all ready to build solutions. Organizers hope everyone will be inspired to chart their own path to create real, meaningful change in the year to come.


Besides attending the online festival, locals are encouraged to support earth-friendly businesses, restaurants, and bars offering #SBEarthDaySpecial items now through April 24. Just order the #SBEarthDaySpecial items from local businesses, restaurants, and bars across town, offering exclusive (and delicious) earth-friendly fare.

Be Part of the Festival NOW

Contribute your own, and your kids creativity to proudly show that we stand together. Share pictures and videos of your Earthrise-inspired art. Think paintings, sidewalk chalk drawings, collages, poetry, yarn art, music. Basically, whatever moves you is welcome. Just include these hashtags #TogetherWeEarthrise #CECSB #SBEARTHDAY to be included in the online event. You can also put your art on display outside your home to inspire others.

The History of Earth Day in Santa Barbara

Since 1970, Santa Barbara has been the leader in the region, and at times the entire State of California as well as the nation, in coming up with creative solutions to some of the toughest environmental problems. Watch this report from legendary Newsman Walter Cronkite regarding the first Earth Day.

Those of us who live in Santa Barbara take Earth Day seriously. After all, Earth Day was born out of an unnatural disaster right here in our front yard: the Pacific Ocean. On January 28, 1969, the now infamous Union Oil Platform A, off the coast of Santa Barbara, blew out. The result was more than 3 million gallons of oil spewing into the ocean, killing more than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Local environmental activists mobilized, and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, after observing the 800 square-mile oil slick from an airplane, was inspired to create Earth Day.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” a paraphrase of what environmental activist Wendell Berry wrote in his 1971 book. The Unforeseen Wilderness: An Essay on Kentucky’s Red River Gorge has been adopted by the CEC. It is a beautiful and telling mantra communicating the vital message that we should work together — as individuals, communities and nations — to protect the only world we have.

The Fight Continues

One step you can take today is attending the Santa Barbara Earth Day 2020 Festival and learning from the participating experts. Thanks to Santa Barbara’s environmental reputation, our annual festival attracts national media, celebrity attention, and local crowds. The 2018 festival drew over 36,000 visitors. Even more are expected this year.

As individuals, communities, and nations, we must continue working together to protect the only world we have. It’s easy to do. Just join the 2020 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival online from home.

If you live in Santa Barbara, Montecito or surrounding communities, you know that while Earth Day in Santa Barbara is celebrated as a festival, its origin and the ongoing threat it is meant to call attention to are quite real. You also know how important it is to preserve our local natural beauty, environment, and the beauty and environment of the entire earth. If you’re a visitor, I encourage you to join in the spirit – both serious and fun.

If you’re already a local but wanting to move in the area, I’ll happily add your listing to my portfolio of fine homes and find your new dream home on the American Rivera at the same time. If you’re considering moving to the area, I’d be honored to assist you with your search for the perfect home here. Give me a call at +1 (805) 886-9378 or email me at Happy Earth Day 2020!


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