April 22, 2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million people participated in activities that brought environmental awareness to the political forefront. More than 1 billion people today are expected to participate in Earth Day activities and issues of climate change, diminishing natural resources, air quality, and many other environmental issues are increasingly becoming a focus of public policy as well as daily life for many Americans.
So what can you do this Earth Day? There is lots to choose from and more events that may not have made the list. Whether you decide to join the masses, plant a tree in your yard, or simply remember to bring your own bag to the grocery store- it’s all of our small acts that make a difference.
be well. live green.
Get Involved in Local Activities: Earth Day Event Calendar
Green in the Circle Festival? Saturday, April 17, 11am – 4pm Dupont Circle, DC
- A 40th Anniversary of Earth Day event aimed at strengthening and developing our community and informing both businesses and individuals alike of how they can not only "be greener," but also what green businesses, organizations, and resources are already a part of the Dupont community. The National Zoo helped coordinate this event and volunteers will host a table at the event providing information on the Zoo’s green efforts. During the event there will be live music, food, dancing, a scavenger hunt organized by Live Green and other entertainment, so grab your friends and come on down to Dupont Circle between 11am and 4pm on April 17th.
Earthday week tree and milkweed planting at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Saturday, April 17, 11am – 4pm Potomac Overlook, Arlington, VA
- An Earthday planting project at Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Arlington, VA. They will be planting trees, hundreds of milkweeds and also removing invasive plants that have been killing trees at the park. The number of volunteers will be limited to approximately 50-60, so call park staff at 703-528-5406 to sign up. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting dirty and bring work gloves if they have them (a limited number of gloves will be available). The park will provide tools, direction / training and refreshments. Potomac Overlook is located at the end of Marcey Road, off of Military Road in North Arlington. Staff and volunteers have planted about 350 trees over the past 5 years.
"No Impact Man" Presented by Washington Film Institute & AED Thursday April 22, screenings: 6:30pm and 8:15pm, reception: 6:45pm – 10:00pm? AED Globe Theater (Formerly Visions) ?1927 Florida Avenue, NW, WDC 20009? Tickets (includes film & reception) $16
- "No Impact Man" follows author Colin Beavan, who could no longer claim to be an environmentalist without changing his lifestyle. He ditches complacency for a vow to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year – giving up electricity, transportation, non-local food and material consumption. Come see how the year changed his life, his family, and captured the attention of the nation.
Big Green Purse & Whole Foods events
- Join green consumer expert and best-selling author Diane MacEachern at your local Whole Foods store for lively workshops, store tours, and Q&A sessions that will help you go green and save money! No purchase necessary, but if you buy a copy of Diane’s popular book, Big Green Purse, you’ll get a free green purse key ring and, in some stores, a free reusable bag! Check out all the details on the Big Green Purse Facebook page!
Other Earth Day Events to choose from:
- April 13 – 17: DC Restaurants host Earth Hour events with eco-cocktails and food!?
- April 18: WeatherizeDC’s Earth Day Block Party
- ?April 22: Green Square at Georgetown University
- April 22: Earth Hour extended happy hour at Busboys & Poets, 5pm – midnight.
- April 24: National Zoo Clean-Up
- April 24: Fairfax County’s Earth Day / Arbor Day Celebration
- April 24: City of Alexandria’s Annual Earth Day Celebration
- April 25: Climate Rally on the National Mall!