Portland Oregon’s 2019 Earth Day Events
When it comes to Earth Day volunteer opportunities, clean-up projects, educational events, and other activities, the list is long in Portland, Oregon.
Sustainability in Oregon
The following are a few of the events taking place during the week that puts a magnifying glass on sustainability, recycling, clean energy, and caring for mother earth and all of its inhabitants. If you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can get involved in gardening and beautifying projects throughout the area.
For other events, you can visit our Portland Community Events Calendar, which is updated daily.
Oregon Garden Earth Day
The 20th annual Oregon Garden Earth Day celebration is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th from 10 am to 4 pm. You can visit Oregon Garden's website for more information, and check out 2018's video of Earth Day activities.
Alberta Street Earth Day Clean Up • Saturday, April 20, 2019
The Earth Day district cleanup is more than just a day of litter and graffiti removal; it is a day to meet your neighbors, build community and celebrate at the Golden Garbage Awards. The eighth annual Earth Day Clean Up, presented by Pacific Power, is Saturday, April 20, 2019.
Earth Day Volunteers
Rain or shine, volunteers will pick up litter, clean storm drains, and remove graffiti along NE Alberta Street between MLK and NE 33rd Ave. After the clean up we will celebrate with pizza, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and the Golden Garbage Awards.
Join us for a fun morning of clean-up, followed by a pizza party. Volunteer at the 9th Annual Alberta Street Earth Day Clean Up on Saturday April 20, 2019.
SOLVE IT for Earth Day
Saturday, April 20, 2019: 9am - 1pm
Be a part of the largest Earth Day event in Oregon
The idea of people coming together on Earth Day to take care of and celebrate our planet began more than 45 years ago and was a perfect fit for SOLVE and our volunteers.
In 1990, SOLVE IT for Earth Day took root in the Greater Portland-Metro area, fusing our hands-on approach with this worldwide day of service. Since then, SOLVE IT for Earth Day has grown into Oregon's largest Earth Day service event.
Global Earth Day - Including and Beyond Portland
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 Portland Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our Portland Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.