Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970, aligning with the birth of environmental movements helping people and organizations reduce their environmental impact. It is now the largest participatory environmental movement in the world.
For those of us in the Vancouver area, it’s also a great reason to also get outside and take advantage of the warmer temperatures and brighter days.
Here’s how you can participate in Earth Day this year
Spend time enjoying the beauty Mother Nature has to offer in the location of your choice by running a 5K, 10K, or half marathon anytime, anywhere on April 22. For every registration, Race Roster will plant a tree on your behalf through One Tree Planted!
Support 20+ green vendors providing products, goods, and services that are locally sourced and focused on sustainable practices at the Earth Day Sustainability Market at Lulu Estates Winery on April 23. Food trucks, live music, and pet friendly.
The Celebrate Earth Day Festival is April 23 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. Celebrate Earth Day is hosted by Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and is one of the community’s largest festivals. Visit the website to learn more about attending the festival or their volunteer opportunities.
Check out the resources available through the EarthDay.org website. This year’s theme is “Invest In Our Planet”. Here, you can find information about ongoing projects like The Canopy Project which improves shared environments by planting trees across the world. You can even plan and register your own clean up event in your community.
The City of Surrey is celebrating Earth Day with their Party for the Planet on April 30 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Surrey Civic Plaza. The event activities include environmental workshops, Surrey Parks plant sale, speaker series, food trucks, clothing swap, and a plant giveaway.
The Earth Day Canada website also has many ways you can celebrate at home and include things like eating an organic meal with foods that are in season, replacing your light bulbs with low-energy light bulbs, and starting your own vegetable garden.
Let’s keep it clean on April 22—and every day!
On your next walk pick up one piece of garbage along your route, turn it into a fun family event, or even try “plogging” (picking up garbage while running!). Visit the Earth Day website to learn more about how you can “Celebrate Through Action, on Earth Day—April 22—and Every Day!”