Earth Day in Washington, DC

by Yvonne N. Levesque in ,


When I planned a visit to my sister's in Falls Church, Va, I didn't expect such an event-filled weekend. I five days we clocked 37 miles of walking (see my next post about our visit to the Appalacian Trail) and visited everything for a Vietnamese shopping mall to swanky POV atop of the W Hotel.   I originally planned the visit when I heard that my favorite band, The Mowglis were in DC promoting their new album Kids In Love.  We had also heard Twitter rumors of an Earth Day celebration being put on by Global Citizen.

We walked right into a small crowd on the warm and sunny National Mall so we sought shelter in the shade of the Washington Monument. The Earth Day event, hosted by Will i. Am and Soledad O'Brien initially appeared to be a bust with O'Brien shhh'ing the mostly disinterested 20-something crowd between a performance of My Morning Jacket and an appearance of the French Politician Philippe Douste-Blazy.  

After lunch break and a visit to the National Portrait Gallery (subsequently missing performances by Fall Out Boy and Mary J. Blige) we returned to a much more enthusiastic crowd and moving segments about global poverty, substandard education, and open defection by speakers like musician Chris Martin, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Don Cheadle.

Ban Ki-Moon and various speakers in shadow of a Capital building under construction

Ban Ki-Moon and various speakers in shadow of a Capital building under construction

Usher performed with a big smile on his face despite a broken foot and he apologized to those the crowd who might find a golden crutch to be offensive.

 

Usher

Usher

The highlight of Global Citizen Earth Day was a appearance by No Doubt. 

The Earth Day crowd and Tony Kanal and Adrian Young of No Doubt

The Earth Day crowd and Tony Kanal and Adrian Young of No Doubt

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

No Doubt and the White House visible from the event

No Doubt and the White House visible from the event

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

We ended the day with a nothing-but-miraculous time-warping trip across town to U Street just in time to catch the travel-inspiring Mowglis perform sing-along crowd favorites and new cuts with their uniquely defiant love message and contagious joy of the open road.  You heard it here first - The Mowglis are this generation's B-52s.  Don't miss them this Saturday night at The Social in downtown Orlando.