Earth Day Seattle 2019
It may not be one of the top four days of celebration each year, but Earth Day has been on the calendar since 1970. Seattleites come out in droves every year to plant trees, clean parks, go paperless, and ramp up sustainable practices.
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 Seattle Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Seattle Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Seattle Events and Volunteer Opportunities
There's no lack of volunteer opportunities and events throughout the Seattle area on Earth Day, as well as the weekends before and after. We've got a few highlights for you and links to even more possibilities.
King County Parks Volunteer Program
King County Parks Greenhouse
Help us pot up bare root plants to go into next winter’s restoration sites in King County Parks! These plants will over-summer in our nursery and be planted next year by volunteers. Contact Brian Lund to sign up.
Saturday, April 20th
Duwamish Alive Day and we will be hosting a project at Cecil Moses Memorial Park or a White Center area park, site will be determined in the next two weeks Contact Sean Walters for more information and to sign up.
Here is the entire list of Parks volunteer opportunities.
Earth Day at the Arboretum
Saturday, April 20, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Give back to public lands and help restore the Arboretum on Earth Day!
Once again, the Arboretum Foundation is partnering with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation to organize a work service event at the Arboretum on Earth Day.
KID FRIENDLY: Volunteers of all ages are welcome! For young children, we will have a work area close to the check-in station at Crabapple Meadow, where they will be able to have fun pulling weeds such as ivy and buttercups (under the supervision of their caregivers).
Questions? Contact the SCA-Northwest at 206-324-4649, or email Michael Helms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UW's 2019 Earth Day celebration will be April 22, 2019, on the HUB Lawn, as part of Earth Week. This year's Earth Day event will include a focus on action, equity, diversity and environmental justice.
UW student groups or departments who are interested in tabling during the Earth Day event can contact Toren Elste (email@example.com).
Many other events are happening across the University of Washington throughout April in recognition of Earth Week, included these featured events. See many more on our full calendar.
Earth Day 2019 Volunteer Events In Seattle
April 13, 20, and 27: Wildlife Walks/Bird Tours
8 – 10 a.m. at Discovery Park. Join experienced leaders as we explore for migrants and year-round residents within Discovery Park's varied habitats. Please dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. $5 for ages 8 and older. Visit this page for more info on registration.
April 20: Carkeek S.T.A.R.S. Work Party
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. A fun morning of forest restoration and trails maintenance in one of Seattle's most beautiful parks! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
April 20: Duwamish Alive! Orca Earth Day
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Herrings House Park (Tulaltx). Orca populations are struggling because of the lack of their main food source – salmon, especially Chinook. Herrings House Park provides critical salmon habitat for juvenile salmon before they enter Puget Sound. Please join us in maintaining this habitat! Conact email@example.com for more info.