2019 Earth Day in Miami and Fort Lauderdale
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970. South Floridians get out and volunteer, attend festivals and learn more about ways to protect the environment in the greater Miami and Fort Lauderdale area.
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. So, 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 Miami and Fort Lauderdale Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our South Florida Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Support Heal the Planet Day
April 20: Celebrating Planet Earth
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day and explore some of the wonders that make it unique! Start your day off with a chance to make a difference with a MUVE led clean-up of our local green spaces and bay.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Then, continue your day by joining the global movement to take care of our planet by learning about the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. That's before chatting with our experts, and meeting some of our Frost Science endangered and threatened species through special animal encounters.
Connect with onsite scientists who are working on making corals more resilient so they can survive in warmer oceans and discover how important bees are in pollination by participating in a bee pollination relay race. Don’t miss out as it’s sure to be a buzzing day!
Earth Day Celebration
Make your Miami and Fort Lauderdale Earth Day 2019 plans to:
- set your intention to be a steward of the earth at opening yoga & meditation
- learn to do your best for the planet at the environmental marketplace
- be inspired at the “Recycled Fashionable Experience,” created by Alexis Carablos @caballosaworld
- native plant giveaway (first 100 green thumbs)
- shop from the sustainable-minded makers-after dark
- then, spread your blanket by the Banyan Tree for the Oscar Nominated screening of, Salt of the Earth, presented by the Brazilian Film Festival
Organic food & beverages will be available for purchase. Family-friendly events.
Keep your Botanical Garden green - Suggested Donation $15