As society progresses, so does the impact of our human footprint. The way we live our lives can greatly affect the health of our planet and its resources. Earth Day is an annual day in which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. The initiative was founded 49 years ago by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. senator, as a way to bring environmental protection onto the national political agenda. On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. The initiative was a great success, leading eventually to important national legislations such as the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Earth Day has become a global phenomenon. Celebrated annually in more than 192 countries, it’s considered the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Although we believe that every day should be Earth Day, we hope you will join the millions of people across the globe on April 22nd to celebrate this special and important initiative. Unsure how you can get in on the action? We’ve rounded up the best events in Southern and Northern California that will get you and your family outside, learn about nature, and help our beautiful planet at the same time.
Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
A family-friendly 5K and 10K run and walk, kids dash and Earth Day festival with live music and storytime. Earn extra tickets for the raffle by riding your bike to the event, and by bringing your old tennis shoes to be recycled or repurposed. The festival will also include arts and crafts, live music, and fun demonstrations promoting environmental health.
Making up over 70% of our planet’s surface, the ocean is an obvious focal point on Earth Day. After all, the ocean was the inspiration for the first Earth Day, after a large oil spill occurred off the coast of Santa Barbara. Celebrate Mother Earth at the Marine Science Institute, located just 25 minutes from our Glass Bay community and 45 minutes from Perch. Enjoy food, live music, boat rides, animal encounters, and more.