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What's Going On This Earth Day?

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April marks the beginning of Earth Month, and Earth Day is April 22 this year. We encourage all who are able to get out there and join the millions of others this month who will be celebrating the natural beauty of our planet and engaging in activities to clean up our Earth and educate others on how they can fit eco-friendly practices into their day-to-day lives.

This Earth Month, there are walks, festivals, and volunteer projects going on all over the country:

Walk for Water – Washington, D.C.

Participate in the 6K walk sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the US Department of State to spread awareness about the health, importance, and accessibility of our freshwater resources. This event will start walkers in front of the State Department in Northwest, D.C., and will send them on a beautiful walk around the National Mall, Lincoln Memorial, and along the Potomac River. Why 6K? Six kilometers is the average distance a woman in parts of the world must walk to get drinkable water for her family. If you are not from the metro area, many groups in other parts of the country and world will be getting together to take the 6K hike, so try and locate one (or start your own!) in your area. If you are able to make the official D.C. event, it will be taking place on April 23, 2014 at 11:30.

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Earth Day Trash Bash – Des Moines, Iowa

The annual Trash Bash is Iowa’s biggest volunteer Earth Day event, attracting over 1,400 volunteers last year. In about 80 locations in the state of Iowa, volunteer clean-up teams were able to remove around 67,000 pounds of litter, protecting waterways and beautifying community spaces. The Bash begins on April 25, 2014 in downtown Des Moines with food, music, and a rally to recognize the participation of volunteer teams and sponsors. Afterwards, teams will travel to their designated sites to begin their projects. As this year’s Trash Bash falls on Arbor Day, as well, the theme is “Free the Trees.”

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Earth Day San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

Join up to 10,000 other Bay Area citizens at the U.N. Plaza/Civic Center on April 19, 2014 for a massive Earth Day celebration, featuring local musicians, keynote speakers, and hands-on workshops and classes. Activities will include organic cooking demos, classes on how to build a bicycle or a solar oven, how-to discussions on gray water usage, urban gardening, and permaculture, and exhibitions from eco-friendly designers, brewers, and a variety of artisans.

Visit Earth Day San Francisco’s Facebook Page.

St. Louis Earth Day Festival– St. Louis, MO

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the second largest Earth Day celebration in the country. Head to the Muny Grounds of Forest Park on April 27, 2014 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM to participate in multiple stages of entertainment, learn about sustainable local services and products, and walk in the All Species Parade. Free activities, including yoga, face-painting, henna tattoos, and mask-making will be offered, as well as interactive earth-themed activities that will keep kids stimulated and teach them about our planet. There will be live local music all day, and amazing food from certified sustainable Dining Alliance members. Prizes will be awarded to attendees that successfully complete the “Earth Day Challenge” by travelling to the festival by bike or public transportation, and bring reusable shopping bags and water bottles.

Visit St. Louis Earth Day Festival’s Facebook Page.

Earth Day New York – New York, New York

The Big Apple gets green on April 22, 2014 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM with events Union Square, including a green travel exhibition sponsored by United Airlines and green vehicle runway show. Attendees are encouraged to bring used clothing and electronics to the event for free recycling by re-fashionNYC and e-cycle NYC. Recycle old clothing at the H&M booth to receive 15% off your next purchase, and purchase a recycled parachute trucker jacket from Levi’s, and they will donate $250 to Earth Day New York. Local boxed lunches are being supplied by witchcraft, with $1 of every box sold going to Earth Day New York programs. On April 24, you can also view exhibits by Earth Day New York partners on East 43 Street and Vanderbilt Avenue.

Visit Earth Day New York’s Facebook Page.

Austin Earth Day Festival – Austin, TX

Get down to sets by local musicians, visit the Movement and Zen Zone for relaxing guided meditation or public yoga, check out performances of capoeira, martial arts, and dances ranging from Indian/Western fusion to flamenco. Participate in an energizing interactive community drum session, or sit for a number of informative environmental talks and demonstrations, addressing worm composting, building natural walls, growing your own food, and limiting your waste. There will also be a kids’ area where the younger crowd can make art from recycled material and have close encounters with reptiles under the supervision of a ranger from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. The festival takes place at the Historic Browning Hangar at Mueller on April 26, 2010.

Visit Austin Earth Day Festival’s Facebook Page.

Nashville Earth Day – Nashville, TN

Featuring live music, workshops on how to improve energy efficiency in the home, and an awesome green and farmers market loaded with sustainable products from local businesses, Centennial Park is the place to be on April 19. Booths and exhibitions from environmentally-friendly businesses and non-profits will be available for you to check out while you’re walking around, and when you want to kick back with a frosty brew, you can visit the Yazoo beer garden. Also, make sure you bring your old electronics, thermometers, shoes, and pharmaceuticals for free recycling. Free bicycle valet parking!

Visit Nashville Earth Day’s Facebook Page.

Sustainatopia – Miami, FL

There is no shortage of things to do at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Botanical Gardens, and surrounding areas during Sustainatopia, a series of events spanning six days. The event kicks off April 16 with an ethical fashion show, the start of a sustainable design summit, and a sustainable honors ceremony that will applaud businesspeople, models, photographers, designers, philanthropists, and architects that embrace eco-friendly practices in their work. Throughout the six days, there will be film, art exhibitions, and beach clean-up opportunities for attendees. On the 19th and 20th, show up at the 25th Street Beach to learn kite and paddle boarding. There will also be two days of dives in Key Largo to explore and worth with an off-shore coral nursery. Make sure that you plan ahead and pre-register or purchase tickets for the events you’d like to attend.

This doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of all of the amazing festivities taking place over the next few weeks, so be sure to get online and see what might be going on in your area. For more Earth Day activities, visit Earthday.org.