Earth Day Network to Present Earth Day at Union Station in Washington DC

For Release: April 14, 2014

Earth Day Network to Present Earth Day at Union Station in Washington DC

Event hosted at Union Station will promote sustainability and environmental education
through interactive exhibits and activities

WASHINGTON – Union Station in Washington D.C., one of the nation’s premier, historic transportation hubs and a must-see destination for every visitor to Washington, will again host Earth Day at Union Station on April 22nd, 2014 in honor of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Presented by Union Station and Earth Day Network, the DC-based non-profit organization that coordinates Earth Day worldwide, the event will feature interactive and educational exhibits and activities. All activities and events are free and open to all ages.

”On Earth Day, over one billion people in 192 countries will educate and take action on behalf of the planet. Here in Washington DC, thousands of those people will do so at Earth Day at Union Station” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “We’re proud to host this flagship event at such a historic and iconic location, and we look forward to engaging and educating people of all ages about the challenges we face and the importance of sustainability.”

NASA will open up its Earth Tent, Hyperwall and Science Gallery exhibits on April 21, with hands-on demonstrations and activities for adults and kids of all ages.  On April 22 NASA will also have scientists on site giving presentations.

“Like all things in life, Earth’s environment is in a constant state of flux,” said NASA in an official statement. “Components of the Earth system—including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere—are all connected, and interact in complex ways that we do not fully understand. At NASA, our goal is to study the Earth as a system and understand how both natural and human-induced changes impact Earth’s environment over time. To find out how our planet is changing and what NASA is doing to better understand and predict these changes, come celebrate Earth Day with NASA at Union Station in Washington, DC, April 21-22, 2014. NASA’s Hyperwall and Science Gallery exhibits will be on display, and a variety of hands-on demonstrations and activities will be located in the Main Hall. On Tuesday, April 22 (official Earth Day), nearly 20 NASA scientists will reveal the “big picture” to help tell fascinating science stories about our changing planet!”

Other exhibitors at Earth Day at Union Station include Amtrak, whose exhibit will introduce two new energy efficient switcher locomotives made possible by a Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant awarded through EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program and procured in partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen / District of Columbia – State Legislative Board (BLET / DCSLB); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the government’s weather, oceans and climate agency that works to observe, predict, and protect our changing planet; Washington Gas Energy Services, one of the largest competitive providers of green energy options in the Mid-Atlantic region and Union Station’s wind power provider Union Station’s wind power provider; and the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights organization which seeks to educate people about the human right to live in a clean, safe, non-discriminatory and healthy environment.

Union Station is a bustling retail and multimodal facility which serves over 32 million visitors annually; the historic Station is the iconic gateway the Nation’s Capital.

About Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. EDN coordinates Earth Day, mobilizing over one billion people in 192 countries every year on environmental challenges impacting our health, quality of life and the natural world. Year-round, EDN is a leader on environmental education and green school buildings. EDN also plants millions of trees worldwide – in the places that need them most – and works to expand the emerging green economy and protect natural lands. For more information, http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-union-station.