Festival Goers Attend 6th Annual "Respect Your Mother Earth Day"

By KBJR News 1

May 1, 2011 Updated May 1, 2011 at 11:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Hundreds of people embraced mother earth's rain in Duluth Saturday.

They headed down to Leif Erickson Park for the 6th Annual "Respect Your Mother Earth Day Festival."

Music, food, activities for the kids and more were all part of the daylong event.

Organizers say it's a way for people from all walks of life to get together and learn more about being environmentally friendly.

"So we must shift our consciousness together and start forming new habits that can really nurture a more positive environment for the land itself that provides us the support that we need," said Eric Ament.

Each year the festival spotlights a local non–profit.

This year they've joined with Duluth Stream Corps...a group launched by Community Action Duluth.

They received funding form the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The agency will work to restore streams in the area. They'll also plant 20,000 trees on privately owned stream-side land.

They're hoping land owners will be excited to join in on the plan they say will benefit the water quality of our area's streams, lakes, and rivers.