Earth Day Activities, April 22, is a reminder of the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development. Above all, it reminds us that we can make a difference when it comes to our planet.
The first Earth Day celebration took place in 1970 and launched the modern environmental movement with more than 20 million Americans from all walks of life.
This movement gained passage of a cutting-edge legislation, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act
Earth Day Network reports more than 1000 million people every year participate in Earth Day activities, which is larger than the civilian world.
Earth Day Network works with more than 22,000 partners in 192 countries to spread his green message.
The theme this year is "One billion green laws" and the goal is to generate one billion acts of service and environmental advocacy in the countries of the World Summit in Rio in 2012. Submit your action on the green http://act.earthday.org/.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Earth Day - Work Day!
Make a positive impact on the environment on Earth Day and go to the Patuxent Research Refuge. Projects will include picking up trash, cutting invasive vines and more. Volunteers ages 10 and older should wear long sleeves and pants, closed-toe shoes and insect repellent.
Location: Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract
Date and time: Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon
Quiet Waters Park Earth Day Celebration and Third Annual Family,
Music and Kite Festival
This family day of outdoor fun will offer interactive activities such as a lady bug tracking program and a bird walk to teach the community about preserving, protecting and exploring nature. There will also be live music, kite flying, storytime for children and more.
Location: Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis
Date and time: Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ask a Master Gardener
Ask gardening questions and bring your bug, weed or plant in a sealed plastic bag for analysis.
Location: Crofton Branch Library, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
Date and time: Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Little Planet Helper Event
This family-oriented Earth Day event will be held in the Arundel Mills Food Court.
Location: Arundel Mills Mall, 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover
Date and time: Saturday, April 23, 1 to 3 p.m.
Earth Day Container Giveaway
Pick up a recycling container from the Meade Middle School Green Club.
Location: Meade Middle School, 1103 26th St., Ft. Meade
Date and time: April 28, 2 to 4 p.m.