The Low Down On Green Living
April 7th, 2008
Earth Day 2008
April 22nd marks the 38th anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970, when 20 million participants across the United States gathered at colleges, universities, primary schools and community centers in peaceful demonstration for environmental reform. According to organizers at the Earth Day Network, it is now the largest international secular holiday in the world with a half billion celebrants annually. With immanent climate change at the forefront of today’s global environmental consciousness, Earth Day’s call to attention is more important than ever.
We proudly confess that there are more Earth Day events this April for us to mention in a single post. We put together this short list and encourage you to visit Earth Day Network or EnviroLink to find Earth Day events in your city.
The third annual Green Apple Festival, produced in partnership with Earth Day Network and presented by Chase, announces “America’s largest Earth Day celebration”– a weekend of music and environmental awareness culminating on Sunday, April 20th with eight free festivals occurring simultaneously at landmark locations across the U.S.
Approximately 500,000 people are expected to attend the all-inclusive, interactive and free public events in New York City (Central Park), Washington, DC (The National Mall), Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo), Miami FL (Bicentennial Park), Denver CO (City Park), Dallas TX (Fair Park), San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park) and Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier).
Earth Day Network, the non-profit organization created by the original founders of Earth Day in 1970, and Green Apple Festival are proud to announce that the National Mall event in Washington, DC alone will bring together world environmental leaders, community activists, A-list talent and crowds in the hundreds of thousands to make this one of the largest Earth Day gatherings in U.S. history.
The inaugural Hands On Earth Day events in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Buffalo, Phoenix and Portland, OR were such a success last year that they are extending Earth Day school greening projects to even more U.S. cities in April, 2008. This partnership with Hands On Network is part of a larger program to green all the schools in the country within a generation.
Earth Day ’08 at Grand Central, April 14-19
Earth Week in Grand Central Terminal is the week-long celebration organized by Earth Day New York, consisting of The Giant Earth Images, and the EarthFair. Because there are many environmental organizations in and around New York City, there are always a wide range of Earth Day activities to attend.
Earth Week in Grand Central includes The Giant Earth Images show which can be viewed by clicking the link on your left. This inspiring projection show features Earth-related artwork, photographs, quotes and messages that are projected on two giant pilars in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal. Several well-known artists have contributed work to the Giant Earth Images, including Andy Warhol, Rafal Olbinski, Keith Haring, Ronald Feldman and others. The continual projections are accompanied by nature sounds, which attract the attention of commuters moving through Grand Central. Earth Week culminates with the EarthFair, a two-day festival of music, education and fun!
Earth Day - Seas the Day, New York Aquarium, Coney Island, April 19-20
Join us to honor planet Earth and its oceans, with music, dancing, and crafts activities using recyclable materials! The day features a Green Fest, where environmentally-friendly vendors will show you how to pitch in to help keep our planet green. The New York Aquarium is located on Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11224. For more information call: (718) 220-5100.
Chicago Kayak Earth Day 2008, Skokie Lagoons, April 20
This year Earth Day falls on a Tuesday, but we will do our clean up on the Sunday before - our clean up, scheduled for 9:00am un, April 20th will be better than ever! Gloves, pick sticks and garbage bags provided courtesy of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Please join us. Have a canoe or kayak? You can bring that and do your clean up from the water’s edge. We will also have boats to borrow too, first come first serve. Lots of trash on land, so you don’t need to be on the water to help! Bring your kids, brothers and sisters, coworkers, anyone who wants to make a difference. 9 am-12 pm.
Acts of Concern: Earth Day 2008, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, April 21
The Chicago Humanities Festival is pleased to celebrate Earth Day 2008 by remounting – all in one evening – this vivid reading of four original and provocative works commissioned for and presented at last fall’s “Climate of Concern” Festival. Presented by the Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with Goodman Theatre, Next Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre. Also featuring performances by Rivendell Theatre and Congo Square. Tickets on sale Monday, March 17, 2008. For more information visit www.chfestival.org or call 312.661.1028 ext. 37.
Los Angeles Children’s Earth Day 2008, Culver City, April 27
Los Angeles Children’s Earth Day 2008 features games, crafts, activities, healthy cuisine and live entertainment designed to inspire children to help protect the planet. Bringing together various eco friendly organizations, designed to show the families of Southern California that they are a vital part of a larger, worldwide environmental effort. Attendance at the Los Angeles Children’s Earth Day is expected to number well 20,000 participants and attendees.
From 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the magnificent STAR ECO Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd. Culver City, CA. 90232. For more information click here.
Earth Day Restoration Party, Ballona Wetlands, April 19
Come help the Friends restore the last coastal wetland habitat in Los Angeles County, The Ballona Wetlands. Volunteers get hands-on experience removing invasive non-native plants, while learning about wetland ecology and plant identification. Friends provide gloves and tools. Arrive at the start of the program. This activity is for age 7 and up, and requires close parental supervision for young children.
Parking and entrance are behind Gordon’s Market at 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey, CA 90293. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Bring: Wear long pants, sunscreen, sneakers or hiking boots. For more information visit www.calparks.org; call Kelly Rose 310.739.8613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to share your Earth Day Event with the Low Impact Living community by leaving a comment below. Thank you!
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