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An outdoor music and arts festival spread across eight US cities began its third annual weekend celebration of Earth Day today.

The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, tagged as “America’s largest Earth Day celebration”, will host eight free outdoor concerts in Washington and New York amongst other venues from Friday through until Sunday.

Amongst the acts scheduled to perform as part of the free gigs are Juliette And The Licks, The Neville Brothers and Martin Sexton. Intimate gigs around the venues will also be held from artists including Kate Nash, They Might Be Giants, The Bravery and Saul Williams.

The event, a collaborative effort between the Earth Day Network and Chase Bank, is designed to raise awareness for for the environment and coincide with Earth Day, this Sunday (20th).

One blogger, AllMySons, is excited about the prospect of such an event taking place where people can experience the taste of organic foods and observe the arts, educational messages and live acts.

“Hopefully it will help give ideas to people, who go just for the music and food, about how they can help out just by doing the little things.”

A clip of last year’s event in San Francisco can be seen here.


National Indoor ArenaThe first UK trade show of its kind is coming to the nation’s second city for an exhibition in March.

Industrial Environment 2008, part of Easyfairs SOLID, will be hosted at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on March 11th and 12th with Envirowise leading the stalls that will be on show during the event.

The unique event, running alongside Maintec 2008 is aimed at engineers and plant managers looking to increase eco-efficiency by implementing new technologies that will help reduce pollution, emissions and resource wastage.

So far, Brice-Baker Group, Endress + Hauser, Flexicon (Europe), K-Tron Great Britain, Howden Process Compressors, NDC Infrared Engineering, Rota Val, Sew Eurodrive, Sweco Europe, Vega Controls, and Vortex Valves Europe. and others have all signed up to be a part of the historic two-day convention.

To find out more, visit

  1. Leicester was awarded status of the first Environmental City in the UK, due to its “commitment to continuous environmental improvement involving the whole city community.”
  2. Friends Of The Earth have a base right here in Birmingham, with an online blog, podcast and even videos, as well as the usual information on how to do your bit.
  3. Birmingham contributes 500,000 tonnes of industry and commercial waste to the ongoing wastage of resource within the UK.
  4. Your local area most likely does have recycling facilities available right at your doorstep. If you aren’t sure, check out
  5. 264 Selly Oak Road, Bournville – one of the UK’s few environmentally friendly home.
  6. The Green Party have 110 councillors across the UK and are fighting to get one in Birmingham.
  7. 9 youngsters have been crowned West Midlands Region Youth Climate Change champions by the Prime Minister.
  8. Travel West Midlands have a full environmental policy to help improve the Midlands and condense the effects of climate change.
  9. Groundwork West Midlands is an environmental regeneration group set up to help the improvement of the environment.
  10. The UK’s first trade show aimed at engineers and plant managers in charge of environmental compliance takes place on 11th and 12 of March 2008.

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