Earth Day, which occurs on Monday April 22 this year, isn't just about throwing an extra soda can into the recycling bin. In many areas of the country, it's an annual renewal of our commitment to maintaining sustainable, environmentally-conscious lives, and a reminder of how so many aspects of life, including technology, business, food, culture, politics and science can intersect with the goal of making Earth a cleaner, healthier place to live.
With that in mind, we've compiled a short list of major Earth Day events taking place all over the country. Over the next few days we'll be giving you information about the many ways you can participate, whether you reside in one of these metropolitan areas or not. Earth Day isn't just for urban dwellers and hippies. As you'll see, everyone has something to gain from going green.
- Boston, Mass. will be hosting the 14th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., sponsored by the Charles River Watershed Association, which takes place along the entire length of the Charles River. The Association estimates that 50 tons of trash were removed from last year's cleanup. Over 100 different neighborhood, school, religious, and corporate groups participate each year.
- Dallas, Texas, is presenting its annual Earth Day Dallas (EDD) festival over a two day period from April 20-21 at Fair Park. Last year, over 58,000 people and 520 exhibitors participated in EDD. The event will feature exhibits from hundreds of organizations, businesses and public institutions offering information on how their products and services contribute to a cleaner environment.
- Newport Beach, Calif., approximately an hour south of Los Angeles, is home to the Newport Bay Conservancy Center, which will be hosting an family-oriented Earth Day event on Sunday April 21 at 10 a.m. featuring scavenger hunts, craft booths, live music and opportunity drawings. Over 1,000 people attended in 2012.
Check back with LifeIsGreen.com over the next few days as we detail more Earth Day events happening near you.