Earth Day 2019 in Raleigh-Durham
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970 and the Raleigh-Durham area is on board!
Clean Air Act
Earth Day's introduction focused on the Clean Air Act. However, 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. That gave activists 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 Raleigh-Durham area Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Raleigh-Durham Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
April is Earth Month at NC State. This month-long emphasis on the planet, sustainability and how you can make the world a better place is hosted by NC State’s Sustainability Council and University Sustainability Office and sponsored by NC State Campus Enterprises. Earth Month is a month-long series of programs that educate the campus community about sustainability. So, the purpose of Earth Month is to:
Monday, April 22 (Earth Day)
10 am – 2 pm | Brickyard
Celebrate Earth Day with the Wolfpack. Earth Fair is an Earth-focused fair with exhibits, demonstrations and ideas on how you can make the world a better place. Learn more
Sponsored by NC State Sustainability Office
Centennial Campus Electric Car Show
11 am – 2 pm | Venture Plaza on Main Campus Drive
Celebrate Earth Day with an electric car display, electric car test drives, food trucks and more.
Sponsored by University Real Estate and Development, NC Clean Energy Technology Center and NC State Sustainability Office
Free: Earth Day celebration in Durham
Celebrate Earth Day at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham, on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This is a free, rain or shine event. It features an Earth Day parade, live music, environmental education, free paper shredding and more.
Earth Day Replay
Are you a young professional who needs a little more Earth Day in your life? Then, do you want to spend an evening learning how environmental sustainability plays a role in the future of Raleigh? Triangle Young Professional Civitan Club invites you to our Earth Day Replay at Dix Park!
The day after Earth Day, on April 23, join us for a casual evening of conversation and outdoor fun at Raleigh’s biggest park!
Dorothea Dix Park
We’ll hear from organizers and advocates from local organizations as they share their insights about environmental initiatives happening here in the Triangle. In addition to some broad conversation about living healthy and sustainability, Dorothea Dix Park will discuss the future of the park and its role in the lives of young adults and Oaks and Spokes will talk with us about alternative transportation and its role in maintaining a sustainable lifestyle.
The event is free but please RSVP; it helps us plan for how many folks to expect.