Every year, millions of people around the globe celebrate Earth Day. It’s a chance to soak in all the beauty of the earth while raising awareness of how everyone can help make it a better place. There’s no doubt that work can be done by everyone to decrease pollution, which is why so many people come together at special Earth Day events. Everyone wants to make a difference, and that can be made even greater when it’s a large group of people all aiming at the same goal.
For Earth Day 2018, plenty of these events were available for people to attend if they wanted to go green. Some might not have known how they could contribute, while others might have already been living a green lifestyle and wanted to help others join the cause. There are lots of different ways that people in all parts of the world can celebrate and help the earth, which makes each event special.
From festivals to parades, people celebrated Earth Day 2018 with the kind of pride that comes along with living on such a beautiful planet. There’s so many reasons to love the earth and give back to it. Check out some of the ways that people came together at Earth Day events. Whether they did something to give back or just tried to learn something new, everyone made a positive impact by attending these events.
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San Francisco, California
People in San Francisco celebrated a little early this year with speakers ready to present on a variety of topics. Save the Redwoods League partnered with Bioneers, SF Sustainable Fashion Week and the California Academy of Science to inform audiences about things like recycling, climate change and how politics and technology intersect with the environment. What made it even better was that it was completely free, so the public was able to attend for as long as they wanted.
Over in York, Pennsylvania, a special film screening of “SEED: The Untold Story” was shown for free to the general public. As the climate changes, plants have to adapt to that change, so farmers are trying to keep our culture connected to seeds by saving one of humanity’s most treasured resources. With 94 percent of seed varieties having disappeared, it’s important for more people to be aware of this issue to minimize its impact in the coming future.
People who live and work in the D.C. area know that it has a large draw of tourists on a daily basis, which makes it the perfect place to celebrate Earth Day. They’re able to reach people quickly while getting them involved, which is why they celebrated conservation success at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Education stations and Animal Enrichment activities provided everyone from children to adults with the opportunity to learn something and leave with a more informed perspective.
The key to make people get invested in an issue is to make it personal, which is something the Chicago Botanic Garden understands. They brought a science fair to life with three days of science activities like looking through a telescope and discovering biospheres in your own backyard. There was also a poetry slam for those who leaned more creatively than scientifically.
Dalton put on an Earth Day celebration at The Stationary Factory for people to learn about local sustainable businesses and organizations. While there are plenty of ways to volunteer and help the Earth, sometimes all it takes is getting to know which organizations you can support in your local community. Add that to little green lifestyle changes like recycling old bottles and using less electricity and you can make more of a difference than you might think.
Durham, North Carolina
Though much of North Carolina is dedicated to farm towns, there’s still an ever-growing number of people who can get involved to go green. That’s why Durham threw a public festival in the Durham Central Park. People enjoyed music by local bands, good food and activities focused on environmental education. There’s no better way to get people engaged with something than to help them have fun while they learn.
The running joke that Texans like to make is that everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes their celebrations. EarthX was a two-day festival to inform Texans about how their lives impact the earth. Conferences and speakers spoke on a variety of ecological topics to show people how to be green in all aspects of their lives. Whether people led healthy and active lifestyles or wanted to influence policy, EarthX offered valuable resources for everyone who attended.
Much of what pollutes the earth goes into the oceans and rivers, making them a hazardous home to all marine life. The group Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment saw that and decided to get a head start on Earth Day by cleaning up the Potomac River. Volunteers came from all over to help pick up trash and debris on the shoreline to prevent any more marine life from being tangled up in or hurt by improperly discarded trash.
As spring comes into full bloom, more and more people think about the earth and how it’s doing. The sad truth is that pollution is a constant problem. Sometimes it’s because of people who don’t think before throwing trash out of their car window, but other times it’s unknown pollution. People who have to fly regularly for their jobs are causing planes to emit CO2 at alarming rates, and all they meant to do was go to their next meeting.
That’s why Earth Day is so important. It makes people come together to really think about how they’re impacting the Earth on a daily basis. People leave Earth Day events more informed so they can make greener decisions in the future. It’s great to celebrate the beauty of Earth, but it’s even better to keep the Earth functioning and looking great all year round by hosting events like these to spread the word and change the world.