Earth Day Texas lived up to its eccentric reputation with a keynote speech Friday afternoon by an investment banker. Of course, it helped that the banker’s great grandfather created the U.S. Forest Service and established the forerunner of national wildlife refuges.
Ted Roosevelt IV, managing director at Barclays and chairman of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, steered clear of the old crusading philosophy of environmentalism. He spoke instead of flexibility, positivity and inclusiveness.
“The environment is really how we treat on another,” he said, paraphrasing famed environmentalist John Francis. “We all make for better advocates when…we are fellow travelers with the rest of humanity.”
The speech was among the first kicking off the world’s largest Earth Day festival, which is held Friday through Sunday in Fair Park. Beside prominent speakers, included several relatives or descendants of presidents, the free festival includes about 1,500 exhibitors, a collection of tiny houses, sculptures made of trash collected from beaches as well as children’s activities.