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SB Earth Day Festival 2017

In 1969, the devastating images of a massive oil spill from an oil platform off Santa Barbara’s coast galvanized California into action and caught the attention of the rest of the nation, including Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, who visited Santa Barbara shortly after the spill. The resulting swell of outrage and concern gave rise to the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as to the creation of the Community Environmental Council – one of the most established environmental organizations in the region, and the host of Santa Barbara’s annual Earth Day Festival. The Way Collective is an annual exhibitor at the festival in order to support planetary compassion and environmental awareness among local communities of faith, as well as to join with our civic partners in promoting care for the Earth and sustainable living.