Find an Earth Day activity near you
Thousands of events around the world make it easy for you to sign up to do your part for Earth Day 2011. Each thing you do can be a contribution to “A Billion Acts of Green.”
The Earth Day organizers are asking people to sign up to amass one billion actions in advance of the 2012 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It's easy to get involved, at your home, school, town or workplace. You may plant trees, pick up trash or pledge to recycle as much as possible. Thousand of local organizers have planned events literally around the world. It’s easy to be a part of Earth Day 2011 where you live.
Even if you can’t make it to a local event, there are plenty of things to do in your own home to make a difference.
To find an event to attend, check out this list from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Also, check out the Earth Day Network for things to do in your area.
Here are a few of the Earth Day events scheduled around the world:
More than 600 students of the Patriarch Diodoros the 1st School in Amman planted flowers in the school garden, and learned how to conserve energy. The students will make additional pledges for Earth Day on April 22.
In 15 countries, Earth Day has partnered with Trees for the Future and 85 organizations to plant 11.8 million trees. The countries that have made pledges are Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Trees for the Future and its 26 partners in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua have pledged to plant 8.9 million trees.
EPA Earth Day on the National Mall
On April 16-17, the EPA will host more than 40 environmental exhibits, the winners of the college student innovative design contest and children's eco-cultural activities.
New York City
Earth Day at Grand Central Terminal
The annual New York City EarthFair will be held inside Grand Central Terminal in Vanderbilt Hall April 21-23 and outside of Grand Central Terminal on April 22 and 23.
Earth Day in Times Square
A public celebration April 22 in Times Square features entertainment, speakers and an interactive exhibit area highlighting green businesses and non-profits.
Million Trees NYC Spring Planting Day
On April 30, more than a thousand community volunteers and the NYC Parks Department will plant 20,000 trees in a single day at 16 park sites across the city’s five boroughs.
For more information, go to Earth Day New York.
Earth Day Expo
Join the Earth Day Expo April 9-10 at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Families will learn about the earth and those we share it with through educational booths, games, crafts and live entertainment in an earth-friendly environment.
On April 16, thousands of PG&E utility employees, their friends and family will join the California State Parks Foundation to celebrate Earth Day by performing vital maintenance and clean up activities at 18 state parks in PG&E's service area.
Car Free Day
On April 22, Earth Day-Car Free Day encourages people to park their cars for the day and attend an evening festival at Wilshire Center. Events include information on e-waste recycling and tree adoptions.
For more information, see this guide to green events in Los Angeles.
Earth Day events run throughout April and early May in Louisville, Ky.
At the Louisville Zoo, Party for the Planet lasts all month. Stop in to buy compost and mulch to prepare your gardens for spring. Get a $2 discount off Sunday admission prices during April when you donate a used cell phone to the zoo’s recycling effort. Visitors can also get $2 off admission on Saturday, April 23, when the zoo holds its Earth Day Festival.
On April 22, help with the cleanup at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park. Park staff, environmental groups and area businesses will be on hand to mark the occasion. Scheduled activities include hikes to the vernal pond, a dumpster dive, a live animal demonstration and a geocaching demonstration.
On April 23, join the Fourth Annual Mighty Kindness Hootenanny eco-festival at the Louisville Nature Center across from the Louisville Zoo. The event showcases local farms, green businesses, local art and homemade goods. Activities will include free yoga, square-foot gardening workshops, a film festival, children’s activities and a massage-a-thon.
For more information, go to this list of Louisville Earth Day events.
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