Earth Day 2017 is April 22, but there will be celebrations in the Baltimore area and around the world throughout April. The campaign this year is “Environmental & Climate Literacy,” with a goal of educating people about climate change and its threat to the planet. This year, everyone is encouraged to have community gatherings for Environmental and Climate Literacy Teach-Ins. Register your event with the Earth Day website to receive promotion, advice and Teach-In toolkits.
Here are five additional Earth Day celebrations to consider participating in:
Join the March for Science on April 22, 9 a.m. on the Washington Monument grounds of the National Mall. The purpose of the march? According to the website, “Science, scientists, and evidence-based policymaking are under attack. Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water, climate, and jobs at risk. It is time for people who support science to take a public stand and be counted.” This is a large-scale event, so plan ahead to use public transportation and assemble at the Washington Monument about 8 a.m. Details on transportation and other FAQs are available on the website. Almost 500 satellite marches will be taking place around the world.
Earth Day Litterbugs – Meet at Baltimore’s Carrie Moore Nature Center (April 22, 9 am to noon) to help clean up litter from the trails and stream, then use some of the litter to make a craft.
Anacostia River Clean-Up and Celebration – On April 22 join volunteers to clean along the Anacostia River Watershed, then attend a celebration at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The clean up is from 9 am to noon, and the free celebration is noon to 2 pm.
The National Aquarium will honor Earth Day on April 22, 9 am to 5 pm, with a variety of activities that promote Earth-friendly living. Experts will be on hand to show you how to adopt green practices into your daily routines. Games and other interactive activities will help attendees of all ages learn ways to preserve the planet.
Earth Day 5K and 10K Run. At least 15% of every registration goes to Wild Earth Allies. This is a virtual race, which means you register, complete a 5K or 10K on your own any time during April, and submit your time to Virtual Run Events, which will ship your medal directly to you. The $17 entry fee covers the cost of your medal, official bib and shipping.