Earth Day 2019 is just around the corner and there are a number of ways you can celebrate Earth Day and demonstrate your commitment to addressing environmental issues.
The first Earth Day (called May Day at the time) was held in 1970 in the US and it’s often considered the start of the modern environmental movement. Since that initial march against environmental destruction, Earth Day has evolved into a globally celebrated event, with festivities occurring in more than 200 countries.
In its simplest form, it’s a day for people to step back, take a deep breath and appreciate Earth in all its splendor. But for many people, Earth Day holds the potential to ignite broad environmental action. We put together a list to help you celebrate around Indianapolis.
Earth Day Indiana Festival
Earth Day Indiana will hold its 30th annual celebration on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White River State Park. The festivities include a 5K run/walk, live music, food trucks, a beer garden and activities for the entire family. For more information, visit earthdayindiana.org
Join One Tree Planted and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful for a community tree planting event. Planting trees helps to reduce the urban heat island effect while providing protection from harmful UV rays. This event is part of the ‘10,000 Trees In Indianapolis’ initiative! For more information, visit here.
Earth Day Yoga at Sun King Brewery
Start your Earth Day celebrations off with a stretchy vinyasa flow yoga class at 9 a.m. at Sun King Brewery. The class is open to yogis of all levels and registration is $15 and includes one 16-ounce beer. For more information and to buy tickets, visit here.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Arts for Learning, an arts education advocacy organization
Neighborhood Clean Ups
The Cottage Home Neighborhood Association is dedicated to keeping their nook of the city maintained and continually improving. The association hosts a spring clean up every year. This historic neighborhood balances city living with small community values, located where downtown and the near east meet.
If you enjoy spending time at Holliday Park, show up on Saturday morning to help remove invasive plants, pick up limbs, cut up overgrown yews and general park cleanup. Gloves, tools, and refreshments provided. Search eventbrite.com to find a neighborhood clean up that’s convenient for you.
Make sure you set aside a lot of time to enjoy nature this Earth Day. Go for a hike, take a bike ride or just sit in a park and appreciate all of mother nature.
Lastly, the best way to Celebrate Earth Day is to be good to the earth each and every day. Taking small actions can make a big difference. Remember, even one small change can make a big difference over time.
Below is a list of small actions you can take to showcase your commitment to improving the environment:
- Walk, bike or use Public Transportation
- Invest in a reusable coffee cup and/or water bottle
- Make your home energy efficient
- Plant a garden
- Use earth-friendly cleaning products
- Bring your own grocery gags
- Cut back on eating meat
- Start composting