Charlotte Earth Day Events 2019
Charlotte’s event calendar is chock full of Earth Day festivities and volunteer opportunities. While Earth Day itself is officially scheduled for April 22nd, many organizations are holding off until the weekend to make the most significant impact in the community.
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970.
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 Charlotte Earth Day and community events, you can also check out our Charlotte Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Earth Day Celebration!
Join us for our annual Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway on Saturday, April 27, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Events and activities include vendor exhibits, border collie demonstrations, cane pole fishing, canoeing & kayaking, face painting, lead-line horse rides, and farm animals.
The Earth Day Celebration Showcase seeks to promote the use of recycled, reusable and renewable materials in creative and artistic ways while raising environmental and waste awareness among entrants and spectators. Participate in the Recycled Fashion Show, Recycled Art Show or Earth Day Poetry Reading.
Events are located at the Greenway’s Dairy Barn entrance, 288 Dairy Barn Lane. For more information or to volunteer, please email Info@ASCGreenway.org.
There will be water refill stations for guests to use. No bottled water will be sold at Earth Day festivities. Please keep in mind that some activities and exhibitors accept cash only. There is no parking or entry fee for the Earth Day Celebration, but we encourage you to carpool. Dogs on leash are welcome on the Greenway.
Earth Day at the Charlotte Museum of History
Get dirty this Earth Day at The Charlotte Museum of History! Become a naturalist for the day and learn about:
** bee-keeping and honey production with Cloister Honey;
** native plants on a walking tour of the museum grounds with Dr. Larry Mellichamp, a UNC Charlotte biologist;
** Charlotte’s little-appreciated creeks, which shaped our city, with City of Creeks champion Mary Newsom; and
** how Whitewater Middle School students are helping Charlotte become a zero-waste city.
Other special guests include representatives of Crown Town Compost, Carolina Thread Trail, and the Charlotte Herb Guild.