2019 Earth Day in Denver
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970. Denver is known for its beautiful landscape and commitment to the environment. Earth Day in Denver is a special day, and there are plenty of ways for all residents to get involved.
Clean Air Act
Earth Day's introduction focused on the Clean Air Act. But it was also prompted by protests of pesticides, the loss of wilderness and wildlife, and oil spills. It's probably not a coincidence that Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi was a big hit in Canada, Australia, and Britain.
While Earth Day was initially a US initiative, by 1990 it went global with 141 countries participating in various activities.
Just as the concept was circling the globe, it also evolved to focus on what supporters wanted from a cleaner earth, rather than fighting against the unwanted. Recycling was one of the prominent programs.
Another decade later, and the internet boosted participation. Activists had an instant platform to expand Earth Day's presence and to share ideas and innovations.
Green New Deal
In recent years, global warming and clean energy moved to the top of the list. This upcoming April 22nd Earth Day may have an even bigger spotlight shining on it. Some United States' politicians have been very vocal about a "Green New Deal."
The Green New Deal is closely associated with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). However, there is a much larger contingency of Democrats that support stimulus programs to advance the US into an economically stable economy revolving around social and ecological reforms.
Earth Day has traditionally focused on a healthy, sustainable environment. The Green New Deal focuses on renewable energy, a green economy, carbon neutrality, and green job creation. All initiatives have the underlying goal of reversing the effects of climate change.
April 22, 2019
Whether you've participated in Earth Day activities for years or the Green New Deal and current environmental conditions have piqued your interest, keep April 22nd open. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities and celebrations going on across the country, and around the world.
You certainly don't have to limit your involvement to April 22nd either. We look forward to sharing volunteer opportunities and eco-friendly news and events throughout the year.
For other Denver Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Denver Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
The 10 Best Places to Celebrate Earth Day in Colorado! By Madison Dragna
Nature is important to many Colorado residents. Since the state is full of beloved natural wonders, there is no surprise why so many Coloradans love to celebrate Earth Day. Celebrations typically focus on sustainability, conservation, climate science, and healthy eating.
These 10 great places to celebrate Earth Day in Colorado are for all ages, and many celebrations are free. If you are looking for an educational program, there is one on this list for you. If you are more in the mood to jam out to local bands, eat organic grub and drink craft beer, there is a celebration for you too. Embrace Mother Earth with these 10 Earth Day celebrations in the Centennial State.
At this popular Earth Day event, learn how to be sustainable and embrace renewable energy. Experience interactive displays, learn how to compost or jar goods and even test drive electric cars. Earth Day Denver has a wide-range of activities that promote a sustainable lifestyle.
Spend your Earth Day outdoors this April with a community cleanup. There are actually a number of cleanups occurring throughout the state, so make sure to check in your local area. However, the city of Westminster hosts a cleanup every year near Standley Lake. This is a great way to embrace the outdoors while helping your local environment.
Earth Day Denver: Green Teams in Action
Join Denver Public Health & Environment for Earth Day Denver: Green Teams in Action on April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wellington Webb Building Atrium (201 W. Colfax Ave).
Learn from community green teams, local organizations, and City agencies about the unique ways Denverites can make our city a greener place to live, work, and play.
This free event features interactive and educational displays that demonstrate ways to live more sustainability in your home, community, and work.
All activities and displays are designed to educate and engage residents in protecting our natural resources and celebrate innovative and sustainable local projects, programs and businesses. Denver area residents, students, and downtown employees are encouraged to stop by TO learn how everyone can make a difference.
Questions and more information
If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Moellers at Taylor.Moellers@denvergov.org