View photos from our Picnic for the Planet at Pike Place Market.
Rock and Roll!
Check out our Picnic for the Planet music video.
The Earth showed up at our Picnic for the Planet.
"We can choose every day to eat smart, eat locally, eat sustainably and eat green. It's good for us and it’s good for the planet."
—Karen Anderson, Washington Director of The Nature Conservancy
Conservation rocks. Just ask any of the 1,000+ people who attended our Earth Day Picnic for the Planet at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
Among our guests was Seattle-area rock musician Chris Ballew, lead singer of alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America. To the delight of the crowd, Chris performed "Peaches," one of his hit songs. This performance inspired our very first Nature Conservancy music video.
"Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the Earth and all it gives us," said Karen Anderson, Washington Director of the Conservancy. "It was a great reminder that we can choose every day to eat smart, eat locally, eat sustainably and eat green. It’s good for us and it’s good for the planet."
The Market’s own Unexpected Productions emceed the event, ensuring fun, games and a little improv. Guests also enjoyed live music from Seattle bluegrass band the Haggis Brothers.
A special appearance was made by the Earth (West Seattle third-grader Callum McCaffrey, in costume), who told the audience: "If you eat healthy, then you're making me healthy."
"Earth Day was a natural partnership between The Nature Conservancy, keepers of our global lands and waters, and Pike Place Market—one of the best known food hubs and farmers markets in the world," said James Haydu, Market spokesperson.
Seattle wasn’t the only city to host an Earth Day Picnic for the Planet. Nature Conservancy supporters and fans of nature held picnics across the country, from Dublin to South Africa, where Washington Conservancy scientist Sarah Hamman held a picnic with 35 people in Kruger National Park. Find out about more picnics.
The Nature Conservancy thanks Pike Place Market and all of the market restaurants and vendors who participated in our celebration, including Matt’s in the Market, DeLaurenti Specialty Food and Wine, Uli’s Famous Sausage, Michou, the Virginia Inn, Steelhead Diner, Pear Deli, Botticelli and Caffé Lieto.