Rockin’ on the Santa Monica Pier for Earth Day
Santa Monica-Thousands gathered on the Santa Monica Pier for the 3rd Annual Green Apple Festival. This event was part of massive eight city festival celebrating Earth Day. Musicians, speakers, non-profits and responsible corporate citizens converged on Sunday, April 20 at free festivals in cities across the nation as part of the 3rd Annual Green Apple Festival in partnership with the Earth Day Network, presented by Chase. Festivals were held in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Santa Monica Pier event brought a day of music, a wide variety of environmental organizations and educational displays on the theme of environmental awareness.
It was a chilly afternoon with a breeze coming off of the ocean.
The Green Apple Festival on the Santa Monica Pier featured an eclectic line-up of local bands and internationally known artists. The show got under way with Boise Thomas (Planet Green-show host on the Discovery Channel) and Alison Friedman of Earth Day Network welcomed every to this massive undertaking. For Earth Day 2008, which falls on April 22nd, join the Earth Day Network, which is spearheading one of the largest Earth Day Campaigns in US history, with its Call for Climate. You are ask to be one of nearly a million people who will phone Capitol Hill on Earth Day to call for immediate and equitable national action on global warming. Capitol Switchboard telephone number (202) 224-3121-Call for Climate: tell your representative that you want: A moratorium on new coal burning plants, renewable energy, carbon neutral buildings and protection for the poor & middle class in the new green economy.
Oxfam America organized the Walk for Climate Justice on the Santa Monica Pier. It was a visual representation of the current and future hardships caused by the impacts of climate change around the world. The multi-cultural participants in the walk dressed in matching white shirts to show that climate change does not discriminate based on race, religion, or economic status: it affects us all. Carrying water buckets brought from home, the participants walked for approximately 10 minutes. The actual distance was small, it represented the increasingly longer distances that women, men, and children living in developing countries travel each day for water.
Hanna the Mermaid and The Bag Monster spoked to the crowd about doing their part to protect our natural resources.
The pier was rockin’ all afternoon with music provided by Coby Brown and Eleven Eleven, The Frequency from Los Angeles and the School of Rock Hollywood All-Stars(see photo). These talented kids held their own against the more established bands on the bill. The kids took the adults on a musical journey of rock tunes from the past: “Highway Star” by Deep Purple, “Stone Cold Crazy” by Queen, “Stop” by Jane’s Addiction, “Hot for Teacher” by Van Halen and “Road House Blues” by The Doors just to name a few. The adults were singing along with the band, and gave thunderous applause with each solo performed by the young band members. Musicians from the previous bands came out front to check out the future of rock and roll on display. Escalera featured several professional skate board riders played material from their debut CD. The band is a five piece acoustic/indie/rock soul oriented group from Encinitas, California. Juliette and The Licks rocked the Pier. Some positive vibes hovered over the pier and was felt by the crowd during the acoustic set of conscious reggae performed by Ziggy Marley. Taj Mahal closed out the Green Apple Festival on the Santa Monica Pier with songs from his extended catalog of music.