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Long-running environmental festival returns to Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country, and is one of the largest on the West Coast
Sarah Block
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CEC
The Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country, and is one of the largest on the West Coast

Did you know that Earth Day was originated, in part, because of a devastating oil spill off the Santa Barbara Coast?

Santa Barbara’s long running Earth Day Festival is rooted in the city’s place in history in the environmental movement.

"The concept of Earth Day began in Santa Barbara after the oil spill in 1969. One of the platforms that you can see from the beach sprung a leak and oil flooded the beaches," explained Kathi King, the festival’s co-director.

The Earth Day Festival takes place in Santa Barbara on Saturday and Sunday
Kristen Weiss
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CEC
The Earth Day Festival takes place in Santa Barbara on Saturday and Sunday

She says that while it’s only one weekend of the year, it’s a reminder to focus on the health of our planet, all year round.

"Of course, every day is Earth Day - we don't have another place to go! But the Earth Day Festival is a way to just bring the community together and hope that people do take away that we need to be appreciative of where we live on this planet every single day, and find ways that they can take action," said King.

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday starting at 11am in Alemeda Park.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.