Growing up in New Jersey, outside of Philadelphia, Earth Day was always one of my favorite days. There were always community and school events to attend with fun things to keep children occupied and to spark a passion of sustainability. Now that I am living in Southern California, the entertaining things to do on and around Earth Day are abundant, but I am also still able to see the events my friends on the east coast are attending via my Facebook page. I love getting to see what they are doing; it brings me a little closer to home.
I found many smaller, more intimate community festivals such as the Chincoteague Island’s Mother Earth Day Festival in Robert Reed Park, Virginia. It is May 11th at Robert Reed Downtown Waterfront Park on Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA. According to Megan McCook, creator of the festival, “We are having electronic recycling… a trailer will be on site for 10 days at which folks can drop-off anything with a plug, for free. There will also be live music, arts and crafts, a kid’s recycled art section, food and just a cool time!” Last year, Ruth Wyland, blues performer, and many other great musicians had the crowd on their feet all day.
Photographs by James Dayton
If you are looking for something larger and more active try Philadelphia’s 5k Run for Clean Air on April 20, 2013 on Martin Luther King Drive next to the Art Museum. Run for Clean Air is Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day celebration and is a certified green event that is located on the beautiful banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. It is a celebration of sustainability, clean air, and improvements of the region’s environmental health.
Of all the events I came across, my favorite was the recently passed Baltimore Green Works’ Ecoball fundraiser dinner. I was so disappointed to find that I had just missed it because it sounded like such a fun event to promote and attend. I can’t help but bring special attention to the fundraiser banquet as an exciting and effective way of raising awareness and money for a good cause. On Friday, March 22nd at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum, people got together and danced, ate delicious food, and voted on creative local fare all while soliciting for a great cause.
With so many options and different ways of spending Earth Day, I have no excuse to not take action. I, alone, may not be able to change the world over night, but it makes me feel so good knowing that I am working alongside people who want to make a difference and create change for our planet and communities.