How New Englanders Celebrate Earth Day 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. New Englanders have been part of the millions of annual participants and Earth Day 2019 is no exception in Boston and throughout the New England 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. 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 Boston and New England Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Boston Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
BUMC Earth Day Festival
Thursday April 18, 2019
Talbot Green, BUMC
Join us in celebrating Earth Day 2019 this spring. The 9th Annual Earth Day Festival is a dynamic event that brings together local businesses, nonprofits, BU departments, student organizations, and more to share interactive and fun activities outdoors to celebrate sustainability together.
Earth Day Pop-Up
Monday April 22, 2019
GSU Plaza and beyond
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day at our 9th Annual Earth Day Pop-up. Join the challenge and find us all over campus to learn how you can get involved with sustainability and the climate action efforts on and off campus. Make sure to stop by the GSU Plaza for our annual Chowderfest and vote for your favorite dining hall. Buy fresh produce and local goods at the Farmers & Sustainability Market, which will include Eloti Boston, Henna By Heather, Kat’s Latest Addiction, Red Fire Farm, and Urban Kitchen Homemade.
Earth Day Celebration at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire
Join us for an Earth Day celebration! We will have lots of crafts and activities all about keeping the earth healthy and celebrating its beauty. Special guests from the community will join us and will be offering mini workshops and presentations, including Bartlett Tree Experts (handing out tree saplings), Wentworth Greenhouses (planting flowers), and ReVision Energy (fun crafts). You can also join us in the STEAM Innovation Lab for some guided help building a small boat for our Recycled River Regatta happening on Saturday, June 29 during the NH Maker & Food Fest. We have also partnered with Plum Landing, the popular PBS series and corresponding website and apps that encourage nature exploration. Plum Landing will provide giveaway bags for families visiting us on Earth Day that will include books, journals, activities and more (while supplies last).
All Earth Day activities are included in regular paid admission and FREE for members!
Earth Day Festival 2019: Be Water Wise - New Hampshire
Earth Day is a time of the year to think about your interaction with this great planet we all share. It is a day to celebrate the wonders of the earth and strengthen our appreciation for clean water, air and soil.
Join in on the fun at the NHA Massabesic Center on Saturday, April 13 for our 12th annual Festival. There will be live music, games, a bonfire, face painting, drawings for prizes, and activities and fun for the whole family. Meet the frogs, turtles, snakes and other live animals that are ambassadors for nature education. See a rehabilitated raptor be released back into the wild. A dozen or more organizations and businesses will make available unique earth-friendly items and tips to “Be Water Wise”. Learn how you can keep our waters healthy for people, plants, and everything in between! Bring the whole family!
How to Be Water Wise: online resource links!
Environmental Footprint Calculator: take some of the guesswork out of estimating your ecological impact by using the online environmental footprint calculator.