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All Day Two Day Festival
APRIL 21-22

FAIR PARK
FREE ADMISSION


Earth Day Dallas features two days of engaging exhibits, compelling speakers, music, entertainment, food and fun for everyone. Join us April 21-22, 2012 in Fair Park to see how you can make a difference.
Mission:  Learn. Grow.

Celebrate Earth Day at this fun festival with exhibits, speakers, films, music, food & more focused on making a positive impact on our environment.

The heart of the festival is the Eco Expo, and exhibitors will use their presence to promote their achievements as green leaders, and teach attendees how to take environmentally responsible action by better utilizing available resources, switching to eco-friendly products, or joining their organizations.

In addition to the Eco Expo, attendees will have a number of educational entertainment options, which will include:

The Dallas Green Alliance, a Political Action Committee (PAC) created to provide campaign funds and support for environmentally friendly Dallas City Council candidates, is hosting “Gather for Common Ground,’ a festive evening of cuisine and conversation.

The Keynote Speaker will be Jim Schutze. Jim Schutze, a columnist for the Dallas Observer since 1998.

The city is organizing a townhall to discuss waivers to the 600 feet setback for siting gas wells and requiring a supermajority of 7 council votes to grant one. Please attend and support more protections for community's health and safety.

Arlington's gas well ordinance is being revised. Important revisions like always requiring a supermajority vote of 7 for setback waivers have been removed because industry does not approve of them. Please attend and ask city council to put that amendment back in. From January to June of last year close to a thousand Arlington residents asked city council at multiple hearings to not allow setback waivers to drill less than 600 feet from homes. They did not hear us then, and they are certainly not listening to us now. 

Plug into what may be the most transformative Dallas municipal election in our lifetimes.

As Dallas' only grassroots green PAC, we can help elect an 8-person green voting majority to the Dallas City Council for the first time in history. Together we can make a big difference.

Sunday's Open Public Meeting: 

Help us draft a green questionnaire for all candidates that reflects the issues you and your group want addressed in this election

Network with other like-minded Dallas-based green activists 

Walk-thru the final line-up of Council candidates

Robert W. Haley, M.D. will present a program on climate change and our health. Dr. Haley is Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology in the Internal Medicine Department at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holder of the U.S. Armed Forces Veterans Distinguished Chair for Medical Research Honoring America's Gulf War Veterans.

It took years of lobbying and negotiating to update the Dallas tree and landscape ordinance. Steve Houser was there from day one in 2005 all the way up until the renegotiated ordinance was passed in 2018. The revisions include incentives for tree preservation and sustainable practices, as well as penalties for non-compliance.

Steve is currently negotiating with city hall on the natural next step for the ordinance; the addition of a Neighborhood Forest Overlay which will protect more trees and encourage proper maintenance.

Citizens' Climate Lobby's is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Info: Jacqueline Carney, tjcarney@charter.net

Ben Sandifer will tell us about Dallas' Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban hardwood bottomland forest in the United States. And Ranjana Bhandari will talk about Liveable Arlington, a grassroots organization advocating for a healthier city.

DIRECTIONS: http://www.dallassierraclub.org/page.htm?generalmeeting

Info: Kirk Miller, 972-699-1687 or KirkMiller@DallasSierraClub.org

Katherine Hayhoe talks climate change and how it affects Texas with Dallas Morning News journalist Anna Kuchment.

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