EarthX in Dallas, TX
This year my family celebrated Earth Day by going to EarthX. I’ve lived in the Dallas area for 4 years now, but I have never once experienced EarthX until this year. I honestly bottled myself up because I always feel like I’m too quirky and that no one in a huge city like this is going to care about sustainable living in the same manner that I do. I now know that I was so very wrong. EarthX has been happening annually for 10 years now. It brings together everyday people, companies, nonprofits, government offices, experts and more. The purpose is the same – to create the best environmental experience ever. It was just that. EarthX takes place in the same place that the Texas State Fair does. There was so much to see and do, so I understand why it needed such a huge space. My only wish is that it lasted for an entire week instead of a weekend. I would have gone back again and again just to get the chance to experience all of the wonderful things happening there!
Celebrating Earth Day
This event fed my eco-friendly obsession and was the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day this year. I usually spend the month leading up to Earth Day trying to figure out the best blog posts to share with all of you here, which is truly my mission all year long. I didn’t do that this year because I’ve been tired lol. Greyson keeps me on the go, so I’m just trying to stick to my 1 post per week goal.
The AfroPunk & Coachella of Eco-Friendly Events
Music? Check! Food? Check! Film & Movie Screenings? Check! Info & Samples? Check! Kid & family friendly? Check! Conferences and panels? Check! Happy people everywhere? CHECK!
Think of your favorite festival, and this is the eco-friendly version of it.
EarthX 2018 Highlights
These were my favorite parts of what I got to see and explore at EarthX this year. I hope to go back every year from here on out so that I can tell you more!
Tiny House Village
Josh and I talked about living in a tiny house before we became parents, but afterwards we just kind of let that thought go. Our visit to the Tiny House Village has rekindled our curiosity for tiny living!
EarthxEco Auto Show
Of course I love Teslas. They’re the greatest eco-friendly cars out there. I saw the new Nissan Leaf at the EarthxEco Auto Show and fell in love with it, too. We are a Nissan family kind of by accident, but I really love our cars and the Nissan brand. The Nissan Leaf made me love them a bit more!
Did you know that UPS trucks don’t have their exhaust on the top because the exhaust they produce is more of a water vapor than the dark clouds of pollution that float into the air with traditional 18-wheelers and delivery trucks? They also use a lot of batteries to power their delivery vehicles before they use gas. I wasn’t expecting to learn this, but I’m so glad to know that corporate companies are really playing their part to lessen our collective carbon footprint worldwide.
Greyson loved every minute of seeing these precious creatures face to face!
I learned that there are so many departments established to protect our environment. One of my favorites was the oil spill department – the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Prevention & Response. They’re pretty badass because they swoop in and clean up oil spills immediately, and then fine whatever company caused it. Kicking ass now and taking names later style. I also found out about more parks and trails near my house, and a lot of activities that they have coming up!
ACC – American Conservation Coalition
This may sound ignorant, but we are ignorant until we learn better. I honestly didn’t know that there was a group of conservatives that cared about the environment. It was nice to see this young group of college students in the ACC there to bridge the gap and make a bipartisan effort to improve the environment.
Air North Texas
Air North Texas is working to improve air quality right here in North Texas. They host Clean Air Action Day annually each first Friday of summer. Greyson got a cute little kids activity book featuring “Airmadillo” from their booth.
I Am Wild
This is a collaboration between art, business, and conservation raising awareness to protect the planet through art sales.
We’re Definitely Going Back to EarthX
We stayed at EarthX for about 4 hours, but I feel like we could have gone every day Friday-Sunday and still not have seen everything. I’d like to volunteer, attend some of the conferences, and check out some of the films that’ll be showing there next year. I can’t wait to make this an annual family outing. And maybe one day our family will even have a booth of some sort out there! Sustainable living is a main part of our life, and I’d like to take this blog and incorporate it with a business in the near future. EarthX makes the future of sustainability look so bright!
xoxo dolls & dudes,