St. Louis 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.
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 St. Louis Earth Day and other community events, you can also check out our St. Louis Events Calendar powered by Evvnt.
Guide to Earth Day in St. Louis: Festivals, Events, Things to Do
Celebrated on April 22 each year, Earth Day is a global holiday honoring ecological conservation efforts around the world. On a local level, Earth Day offers a chance for visitors and residents alike to learn about the local environment and ways to protect it from man-made harm.
If you're visiting St. Louis, Missouri, in late April, there are a number of great ways to immerse yourself in nature or even join the effort to preserve the area's lush wildlife. In fact, the annual Earth Day Festival is one of St. Louis' top April events, and Earth Day is often the start of a number of free spring events and activities in St. Louis.
The Nature Institute is hosting its annual Riverbend Earth Day Festival at the Old Bakery Beer Company in Alton, Illinois, on Saturday, April 20, 2019, from noon to 6 p.m.
The festival includes live music, locally-sourced foods, crafting workshops, and demonstrations by the Treehouse Wildlife Center. There are also organized hikes and paddling excursions from the beer company. In addition, vendors will be sharing information about recycling and conservation.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is hosting a Tulip Trot through its colorful grounds. However, this 5K race has no timer or winners; instead, it's all about fun and enjoying the beauty of the Garden's blooming flowers.
The cost to participate is $40 for the general public and $30 for members, and registration is required to participate. Money raised goes to the Children's Garden.
The St. Louis Zoo is celebrating Earth Day with a Party for the Planet where kids can learn how to be a superhero for the planet at Earth Day stations set up around the Zoo. There will also be special keeper chats throughout the day and live music from the Bottoms Up Blues Gang at the Schnuck Family Arena.
During this special event, which takes place on Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., admission to the zoo is free. However, as a result, you should expect longer lines and bigger crowds at most attractions, exhibits, and activities throughout the day.
The Arbor Day Celebration takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2019. Admission is free and the first 300 guests will receive a redbud tree seedling to plant at home. Note: The trees planted in the park are managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and guests are not allowed to plant their own seeds in the park).
St. Louis Earth Day now known as earthday 365!
SAINT LOUIS, MO., January 17, 2019 -- At Tuesday's Founder's Day Celebration, St. Louis Earth Day revealed its new name, earthday 365. "The first St. Louis Earth Day Festival was celebrated 30 years ago. Since then we've grown into a year-round organization. Our name should reflect the broader work we are doing today" said Executive Director Jen Myerscough.
The annual Festival, this year celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will still be called the St. Louis Earth Day Festival. The 2019 event will be held April 27th-28th in Forest Park on the Muny grounds.
St. Louis Earth Day Festival
Forest Park on the Muny grounds
11 am to 5 pm daily
The St. Louis Earth Day Festival is a community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services
offered by local businesses and organizations,
meet local area non-profits that share Earth Day values, as well as showcasing local entertainment and local Green Dining Alliance restaurants.