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Earth Day is Here ... How Will You Help?

April 21, 2017    in

Let's talk about Earth Day.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. 

We still celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and this year’s campaign is all about environmental and climate literacy.

Here are some events in the Charlotte area in celebration of Earth Day:

QC Family Tree: Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.
Join QC Family Tree's Earth Festivities! Attend the event or show up to help out! Volunteers are needed to serve food, help set-up or clean up or you can come learn gardening skills and techniques or purchase pottery from the studio.
QC Family Tree
2908 Tuckaseegee Rd
Charlotte, NC 28208

Carolina Thread Trail: North Carolina Star Party
Saturday, April 22,  7:30-10:30 p.m.
As the sun goes down, we will observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars! Catawba Lands Conservancy, Carolina Thread Trail, Charlotte Amateur Astronomers and Great Outdoors University partner to introduce you to your favorite stars. Plus, enjoy fun hands-on celestial activities. This free event will take place on the Carolina Thread Trail within Buffalo Creek Preserve, land protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring your curiosity, water bottle and your own viewing instrument if you have one. Warm clothing and a flashlight with red light are recommended.
8229 Malibu Road
Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Roots Festival at Savona Mill
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join this inaugural celebration of planet eart and Charlotte culture with live music, food trucks, family activities, local vendors and beer from our very own Blue Blaze Brewery throughout the day. Don't miss the Bennu Gardens community garden ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.
500 South Turner Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Annual Tree Climbing Competition
Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday, April 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Watch some of the world’s best tree climbers compete in five categories. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., there will also be a family fun climb. Professional Certified Arborists will help climbers into saddles attached to ropes that have been secured up in the crown of the tree, and professional climbing instructors will work with each climber.
Freedom Park
1900 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC

Earth Day Celebration at President James K. Polk Historic Site
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Earth Day is a time to celebrate and promote the environmental protection of the places we live. Join us for an intimate discussion of some environmental issues we face today. The day will also feature a native and historical plant sale, along with an interpretation of historic gardening.​
Free. Plants are are being sold for $1 to $4.
James K. Polk State Historic Site
12031 Lancaster Highway
Pineville, NC

JCC Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join us for the LJCC's Earth Day Festival & Spring Clean Event! Free family event. Live music, lunch, crafts, etc.
Levine Jewish Community Center
5007 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28226

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden:  Earth Fest
Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Garden celebrates Earth Day with vendors, crafts, music, lawn games, planned hikes and more fun for the whole family! Join us to help support crafts and activities during this great event.
6500 S New Hope Rd.
Belmont, NC 28012

Catawba Riverkeeper: Water Watcher Training
Learn how to identify, document, and report pollution via Catawba Riverkeeper's one-day Water Watcher training session. The course includes interactive, classroom-based learning and a field trip to an active construction site. The training (and lunch!) are FREE.
7220 Wilkinson Blvd
Belmont, NC 28012