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Earth Day Houston

On April 22, 1970, 20 million people took to the streets and college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand greater protections for our planet. This first Earth Day sparked the passage of major environmental legislation in the U.S. including the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC) is pleased to partner annually with Discovery Green Conservancy to host Earth Day Houston and mobilize actions across the globe. Together with our sponsors, we fight for a cleaner, safer, more just, and sustainable world that protects and supports all of us.

Keep an eye out for more information on Earth Day Houston 2023, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2023.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available – contact us to learn more. See you in April!

2022 Theme: Birds

 

We collaborated with the UHD graphic design department to create a project for Earth Day Houston’s theme of birds. They created posters and signs to inform the public on bird migrations, different types of bird species, and how to support birds and their ecosystems. Earth Day became such a success with UHD’s graphics.

Click through the slideshow below to see the illustrations!

Information on the Theme of Birds

Houston is the 4th largest metropolitan area, one of the fastest growing metro areas, and one of the most diverse cities in the country. 

Houston is also situated in one of the most ecologically diverse urban areas in the country: Houston –also known as the Bayou City– is situated at the juncture of the East Texas Pineywoods, Columbia and Trinity bottomland forests, the Katy prairie, coastal bays and estuaries, and the Gulf of Mexico. Its position makes it a hotspot for avian migration, with millions of birds passing through the region each year — and approximately 2 billion birds migrating through the state annually. Waterways, with their adjacent riparian areas, provide important habitats for the birds and other wildlife that live in and pass through the region. 

In recognition of the importance of Houston’s urban habitats to birds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated Houston as part of the Urban Bird Treaty (UBT). The UBT supports city partners in conserving birds and their habitats, while providing opportunities for people in diverse, undeserved communities to engage in bird-related recreation, education, science, and conservation activities in urban areas. 

Earth Day Houston at Discovery Green celebrated 20 years as an Urban Bird Treaty city with extra, bird-themed exhibitors and activities. The public had the opportunity to learn about the diversity of birds in the region, the importance of riparian areas to both birds and people, health and vulnerability trends for for the bird population, what initiatives are underway to support both our bird and human populations, and what actions they can take to make our environment healthier for both our bird and human communities. There was even the opportunity to learn about and meet some birds–large and small–in person!

More information about what you can do to help local birds can be found here.

Children’s Earth Day Art Contest

CEC is partnering with the Student Conservation Association, also known as the SCA, to bring the Children’s Earth Day Art Contest back in 2023! The contest will take place from late April to early May of 2023.

We encourage you to enter for the chance to win funds for your future and school! Check back in March 2023 for application details.

For those who are SCA members and wish to intern, please visit the SCA website.


About the Contest

The Children’s Earth Day Art Contest brings generations together to celebrate art and the planet. Part of the Houston Area’s Earth Day festivities, the contest originated in 2004 with Air Alliance Houston (previously known as Mothers for Clean Air) and was passed to the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition in 2016.

 
Photos are courtesy of Houston Air Alliance.
Each year, CEC reaches out to schools in Houston and invites them to submit art pieces for the Children’s Earth Day Art Contest. Students are charged with creating a piece of art that symbolizes the environmental future they wish to see; clean energy, solar power, increased biodiversity, and more.

All art pieces are judged, and a winner is chosen. The creator of the winning masterpiece wins a scholarship for themselves and their school’s art program.

The winning artwork is then toured around Houston to celebrate the hard work of the artist and the message of the piece before being auctioned to support environmental education programs.

Learn more about the history of the Children’s Earth Day Art Contest at Air Alliance Houston.

 

Courtesy of Air Alliance Houston

Each year, CEC reaches out to schools in Houston and invites them to submit art pieces for the Children’s Earth Day Art Contest. Students are charged with creating a piece of art that symbolizes the environmental future they wish to see; clean energy, solar power, increased biodiversity, and more.

All art pieces are judged, and a winner is chosen. The creator of the winning masterpiece wins a scholarship for themselves and their school’s art program.

The winning artwork is then toured around Houston to celebrate the hard work of the artist and the message of the piece before being auctioned to support environmental education programs.

Learn more about the history of the Children’s Earth Day Art Contest at Air Alliance Houston.