You don’t have to be the crunchy granola type to understand why preserving the earth is a pretty important task — after all, we live here. On April 22, 1970, a bunch of earth lovers got together for the first Earth Day celebration, kicking off the modern environmental movement. It’s 45 years later and now more than 1 billion people will observe this global civic holiday. Don’t be left out! There are lots of ways to promote healthy communities, support environmental activism, and make our little patch of earth – Atlanta – a greener place to live. Check out these activities and Earth Day celebrations around town. Did we miss any? Let us know your plants for Earth Day 2015.
Georgia Tech gets Earth Day started early with a celebration on Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The free public event will feature eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, office supply exchange, live music, and organic popcorn. Going strong for the 18th year, this is one of the largest Earth Day happenings in the southeast.
The Atlanta BeltLine will host two Earth Day projects on Saturday, April 18. Help remove invasive bamboo along the Eastside Hiking Trail Northern Extension or mulch the Eastside Trail. Both activities run from 9 a.m. until noon, and the BeltLine will provide extra work gloves if needed.
If you live near Inman Park, head over on Saturday morning, April 18 to help with a maintenance project led by Trees Atlanta. Mulch and prune ’til your heart’s content… or at least from 9 a.m. until noon.
Grapes grow on vines. Vines are green. Go green by drinking wine (see what we did there?) at the Earth Day Soiree hosted by Kirkwood’s Savor Wine Boutique on Saturday, April 18. Taste eco-friendly wines, shop the pop-up green market, and enjoy live entertainment from 1 until 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
The City of Decatur and The Wylde Center will host the annual Decatur Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 19 at the Oakhurst Garden. This year, it’s gnome themed! From 1 to 4 p.m., take part in yoga, a group bike ride, a snake exhibit from Southeastern Reptile Rescue, and the usual live music, crafts, and refreshments.
On Sunday, April 19, The Fernbank Museum presents a guided tour of Fernbank Forest, 1 to 3 p.m. Up to 20 participants will learn about the interconnected forest ecosystem, the importance of biodiversity, and threats posed by invasive species. The cost to tour the 65-acre mature mixed-hardwood forest is included in museum admission. Be sure to reserve a spot in advance!
Two more of Atlanta’s most popular attractions will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. The Atlanta Botanical Garden will have crafts, storybook time, and ladybug releases from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Earth Day celebrations at the Georgia Aquarium include crafts and educational booths from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The events are included in the cost of regular admission.
Want to support your local NPR station and make Atlanta a greener place to live? Each Earth Day pledge to 90.1 WABE’s Spring Pledge Drive on Wednesday, April 22 will also equal a tree planted by Trees Atlanta. Since this collaboration started in 2010, Trees Atlanta has planted more than 8,000 seedlings because of WABE listeners. How ’bout that?
The Center for Civil and Human Rights wraps up a week of good, clean fun with their Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Learn more about worldwide conservation efforts and how Atlanta is striving to create a sustainable urban environment. The cost is free with general admission.