In 2011, “Earth Day Dallas” began and was immediately one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the world its very first year. A few years later, rebranded as “Earth Day Texas”, it was the largest in the world. Now it is simply known as EarthX, and enjoys partnerships with National Geographic, the independent film industry and hundreds of innovative companies large and small, committed to producing the widgets we all depend on in the cleanest way possible.
It was spawned when several prominent Dallas businessmen waived aside any political lines they were expected to stand on one side or the other of – and fought and beat the development of a dirty coal plant. I once had the privilege to visit with one of these businessmen and EarthX founder, Trammell Crow, and can quote him as saying “Corporate America screwed this up, Corporate America needs to clean it up”.
Ordinarily enjoying some 150,000 visitors, 600 vendors and 400 speakers, the 3-day exposition was forced to go all virtual this year. The good news (besides the no-footprint of the already low carbon footprint event) is that we can all visit their robust site and learn, learn, learn. From the history of our stuff, to how to make our stuff in new, healthier ways – to being entertained and moved by the youth film challenge Planet 911, there is no shortage of rich curriculum at Earthx.org.