On and around Earth Day, April 22nd, people all over the world will be celebrating our planet.  This year marks the 41st anniversary of Earth Day.  On this day, the goal is to increase awareness regarding our environment, as well as to urge people into action to do everything they can to help to save our planet.  The local events taking place here in Central Florida include the Central Florida Earth Day festival, which is taking place Saturday, April 23rd at beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando.  There will be a variety of vendors, as well as guest speakers, food, environmental education, and entertainment.

Our local theme parks are very earth-friendly year-round and are great role models for conservation efforts.  SeaWorld Orlando will be debuting the new killer whale show “One Ocean” on Earth Day, Friday April 22nd.  The show brings a message of caring and respect for the world we share, and encourages guests to make a difference through everyday actions.  They are even posting an interesting series of videos on the making of the new show.   Here is the link to: “Beneath the Surface:  The Making of SeaWorld’s new show, One Ocean.” The non-profit SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has also granted over $1 million to help endangered species and animals around the world a few months ago.  They are very proactive with habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, species research, and conservation education.  Click here to see how you can help.

The Walt Disney World Resorts are also environmentally-conscious year-round.  Walt Disney himself was committed to the conservation of natural resources, and that was over 60 years ago!  Disney is still constantly looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly.  They have created this interesting video that shows some of the things they have done to keep their parks “green”.  Disney will also be releasing their new movie, African Cats, on Earth Day.  The movie will help bring awareness to saving Africa’s lions and other wildlife, and Disneynature will contribute $0.20 per ticket sold the opening week, to the African Wildlife Foundation, with a minimum of $100,000 pledged.  Additionally, Walt Disney Records will donate 20% of net proceeds from the sale of the single and music video of Jordin Sparks’ song, “The World I Knew”.

So, enjoy Earth Day, and help make an effort to save our planet.  And, if you visit SeaWorld, please leave a comment and let us know how you enjoy the new One Ocean show, we’d love to hear from you!