Earth Day San Francisco 2019
Earth Day in San Francisco
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970.
While Earth Day is a global event, the Bay Area really amps things up with a month filled with Earth Day activities. As the official April 22nd date approaches, the weekend before is filled with festivals, tree plantings, beach clean-ups, and other celebratory events.
One of the biggest is the annual Earth Day San Francisco in the Mission District. This year's theme is "Celebrate the Green New Deal." The day is filled with speakers, educational and informational booths to visit, a Kids Zone, music, food, fashion, and fun. Scroll down for more information, and the official San Francisco Earth Day 2019 poster.
Earth Day's Beginnings
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. This year's theme of the Earth Day Festival in the Mission District is "Celebrate the Green New Deal."
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 San Francisco Earth Day 2019 and other community events, you can also check out our San Francisco Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Earth Day San Francisco - April 20th Festival
On Saturday, April 20th celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day in San Francisco’s sunny Mission District. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is "Celebrate the Green New Deal."
Caring about the environment and gaining knowledge about our human impact on the earth is more important than ever.
We are working to create our most educational, impactful and festive Earth Day celebration yet. There will be booths by non-profits providing information about environmental causes and solutions to pollution, transportation issues, health care, technology, and the environment, solar-powered stages by SolSolutions, and other topics relevant to leading a healthy and meaningful life in the modern age.
Earth Day SF provides a platform for compassionate ways to deal with social issues, fact-based science with informative speaker panels throughout the day, cutting edge green technology displays and demos, and non-profits that are working to help sustain the planet.
Join us for this FREE event on Valencia Street between 19th & 20th in the heart of the Mission District San Francisco.
Celebrate with One Tree Planted
Planting a tree is just one of the many volunteer opportunities that Bay Area residents and visitors can participate in throughout Earth Day week and beyond. In addition to tree plantings, there are beach clean-ups, "going paperless" events, films, and more.
If you head over to sfenvironment.org, you'll find an entire list of events and volunteer opportunities. But, don't wait too long, though, some of the activities are already filled to capacity, which says a lot about the giving spirit of Bay Area residents!