Thousands turn out to celebrate Earth Day


By Jen Czuba, Contributor

Despite chilly weather, a large crowd turned out to Elmwood Park to celebrate the 23rd annual Earth Day Omaha.
“We were very happy with the turnout today. It was a brisk spring day, and we think there were around 5,000 people there,” said Eric Williams, member of the Earth Day Omaha Board of Directors. “The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about local organizations, and the work they are doing to help people live in a sustainability way.”
The event featured musicians and speakers covering sustainability efforts, like increased transportation efforts, consequences of the Keystone XL Pipeline and more.
A special tent with face painting, a balloon artist, climbing wall and magician helped teach children about sustainability, too.
Even the New Belgium Brewery beer garden got in on the sustainability theme, serving drinks in biodegradable cups.

UNO Student Government promoted and kicked off its own Earth Week Celebration. It will feature daily events including:
•    Free plants
•    Electronics recycling
•    A session on sustainable food systems
•    Water bottle giveaway
The week will wrap up with the planting of a red maple tree on South Campus.