2018, the Earth Day theme is End Plastic Pollution !
Earth Day 2018 is Sunday, April 22 and there are lots of events taking place across Brooklyn, Boston where you can show the planet some love and celebrate.
Founded by John McConnell on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide, raising awareness about our planet and what we can do preserve and care for it.
When is Earth Day 2018?
Earth Day is held every year on April 22 and in 2018 this is no different.
Organisers settled on this date as it is in the spring but does not conflict with the religious holidays of Easter and Passover.It is also said that one of the organisers, Julian Koenig came up with the idea of holding it on April 22 as it was his birthday and the word ‘birthday’ rhymes with Earth Day.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual event marked across the world to show support for environmental protection.The aim is to encourage people to do things that will benefit the Earth, such as recycling more, using solar power or plant trees.The event takes place around the world and it is described as the biggest secular holiday on the planet.More than a billion people are expected to celebrate the day including environmental campaigners Leonardo di Caprio and Emma Watson.
How did Earth Day begin?
Earth Day began after a devastating oil spill more almost 50 years ago prompted a group of peace activists to raise environmental awareness.At a UNESCO conference in San Francisco in 1969, peace activist John McConnell proposed that a day should be set aside to honour the Earth and the environment.He believed that humans had an obligation to protect the earth and share its resources with future generations.The first Earth Day took place the following year in 1970 and marking it were 2,000 colleges and 10,000 schools across the US.Now it is celebrated in 192 countries across the world by around one billion people.
What is the Earth Day 2018 theme and how can I help end plastic pollution?
For 2018, the Earth Day theme is End Plastic Pollution. Individuals wanting to help make an impact can download an action toolkit and work out how much plastic they’re consuming, then create a plan to reduce it.Organisations can organise an Earth Day Activity day to educate others on their plastic consumption and the impact it has on the environment.Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your plastic consumption:
- Use reusable bags when you go shopping
- Don’t use plastic straws with drinks where possible
- Buy boxes instead of bottles – cardboard is easier to recycle than plastic
- Use reusable bottles and cups
- Pack meals in reusable containers instead of disposable plastic containers and sandwich bags.
Check out our list below of Earth Day 2018 events happening around Brooklyn.
Stop ‘N’ Swap
When: Thursday, April 19, 11am to 2pm
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn
What: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is teaming up with the NYC Department of Sanitation and GrowNYC in hosting a Stop ‘N’ Swap event at the Plaza outside Brooklyn Borough Hall to encourage New Yorkers to reuse and recycle. Bring clean, reusable, and portable items such as books, clothing, electronics, housewares, and toys and take an item home for free. There’s no requirement to bring something in order to take something.
Earth Day Green Team: Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: Saturday, April 21, 10am to 12pm
Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 (at Old Fulton & Furman Streets), DUMBO
What: Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering and assisting gardeners with horticultural tasks to keep Brooklyn Bridge Park healthy and beautiful. To thank volunteers, breakfast will be served prior to the gardening. Register here
Earth Day at Prospect Farm
When: Saturday, April 21, 11am to 2pm
Where: Prospect Farm, 1194 Prospect Avenue (next to the Seeley Street Bridge), Windsor Terrace
What: Celebrate Earth Day at Prospect Farm with activities for all ages, including composting demonstrations, live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, a plant sale, and more!
Farmhouse Day & Tree Giveaway
When: Saturday, April 21, 11am to 3pm
Where: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, East Flatbush
What: Pick up a free tree from 11am to 1pm then get your hands dirty at the Black Walnut Ink Workshop at 1pm where participants will learn how to crush, boil, and turn black walnuts into ink.
Earth Day Block Party
When: Saturday, April 21, 1pm to 5pm
Where: Albee Square, Downtown Brooklyn
What: Downtown Brooklyn celebrates Earth Day and Car Free NYC at City Point and Albee Square with indoor/outdoor activities including a giant 100% recyclable maze; a scavenger hunt; musical performances; bicycle lessons for five- to fourteen-year-olds; family dance classes; face painting; sunflower seed planting; tie-dying; and a mobile Earth Day Reading Room featuring the exhibition EXPLORE Birds. Albee Square West will be closed to traffic all day, so bring a bike, roller skates, or deck chairs and enjoy the car-free streets.
11th Annual National Grid Day Celebration
When: Saturday, April 21, 2pm
Where: Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Avenue, Crown Heights
What: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents its 11th annual National Grid Day Celebration at the Weeksville Heritage Center. The Celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future. The event includes interactive family activities, experiential learning games, culinary demonstrations, and live performances.
How Much: Free
Earth Day Festivities on Kingsland Avenue
When: Sunday, April 22, 10am to 4pm
Where: 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint
What: Join the Newtown Creek Alliance for Earth Day events for all ages including street tree care on Kingsland Avenue; soil workshops; a free compost giveaway (take home a 40 pound bag!); waterfront planting; and more.Register here.
The Urbanite’s Earth Day Retreat
When: Sunday, April 22, 10am to 12pm
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden (enter at 1000 Washington Avenue), Administration Building Classroom 236, Crown Heights
What: Celebrate Earth Day with a guided walk through the Garden, taking time to listen to the birds, reflect, and reconnect with the pace of the natural world. Hear stories about nature’s evolutionary strategies as you explore and feel closer to nature.
How Much: Fee $29, $27 members
Earth Day Hike: Marine Park
When: Sunday, April 22, 12pm to 1:30pm
Where: Marine Park, Salt Marsh Nature Center, East 33rd Street & Avenue U, Marine Park
What: Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature with a hike where participants will be introduced to the beauty of Marine Park. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes or boots and pack water and a light snack.
How Much: Free
Earth Day Pow Wow
When: Sunday, April 22, 12pm to 4pm
Where: Sunset Park Recreation Center, 4200 7th Avenue (between 42nd & 43rd Streets), Sunset Park
What: Join Sunset Park’s Earth Day Native American Celebration with drumming, dancing, music, and traditions from North, Central, and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Hawaiian islands.
How Much: Free
Earth Day Celebration: El Garden
When: Sunday, April 22, 1pm to 7pm
Where: El Garden, 120 Jefferson Street, Bushwick
What: Bring a dish to share at this community picnic where there will also be seed ball making and seed starting. All are welcome.
Earth Day Celebration: Prospect Park
When: Sunday, April 22, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Prospect Park, Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
What: Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center for their annual Earth Day celebration. Enjoy activities including catch-and-release fishing lessons (1pm to 4pm) and meet real birds of prey such as owls, hawks and other raptors with wildlife specialists (1:30 to 3:30pm).
How Much: Free
Sowing a Regenerative Resistance: Earth Day Festival
When: Sunday, April 22, 2pm to 10pm
Where: Earth Arts Center, 936 Madison Street, Bushwick
What: A day-long event featuring workshops, lectures, seed shares, zine tables, and panels regarding humans’ relationship to the earth and solutions to help mitigate climate change.
How Much: RSVP $16
Earth Day Poetry Tour
When: Sunday, April 22, 3pm to 4pm
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Crown Heights
What: Join this tour as it explores the BBG’s specialty gardens—Herb, Water, and Conifer Collection—from the perspectives of ecology and poetry.
How Much: Free with Garden admission. Registration not required.
TNOS Earth Day Fashion Show
When: Sunday, April 22, 3pm to 7pm
Where: Legendary Republic, 258 Johnson Avenue, East Williamsburg
What: The New Old School presents its annual Earth Day Fashion Show, providing a platform for local/independent designers and models while shedding light on Earth Day and the importance of preserving Mother Earth.
How Much: Tickets $27-$32
Bike To Work
When: Monday, April 23, 8:30am
Where: Meet at the Willink Entrance of Prospect Park (441 Flatbush Avenue), Prospect-Lefferts Gardens
What: Borough President Adams kicks off Earth Week with the annual Bike to Work ride which promotes greener ways to get around Brooklyn and beyond. Meet Adams at the Willink Entrance of Prospect Park (on Flatbush Avenue) at 8:30am and then ride along Flatbush to Grand Army Plaza. Riders will then head down Prospect Park West to Ninth Street, continue west on Ninth Street to Clinton Street, and proceed to Remsen Street.
How to Celebrate Earth Day 2018 In Boston
Charles River Cleanup- Join 3,000 volunteers on April 28 for a day of giving back to the community by cleaning up Boston’s beloved “drink water.” Throughout the day, pick up litter, remove invasive species along the riverbank, and assist with park maintenance. Who knows—maybe if the river is cleaned enough, we’ll be able to jump in for a swim again.
Free, April 28, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., various cleanup locations, crwa.org.
Boston Harbor Islands Clean Up – Part of the MassPark annual statewide Park Serve Day, a day of improving parks around Massachusetts, celebrate Earth Day at Spectacle Island of the Boston Harbor Islands. Volunteers will get to clean up the park, work on trail maintenance, weed out pesky plants and patch up flower beds. Those interested will meet at the Boston Harbor Center at Long Wharf North, where a ferry will be provided for transportation both ways.
Free, April 28, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Boston Harbor Center, 66 Long Wharf, Boston, public.dep.state.ma.us.
Boston Public Library: Stories, Crafts and More- Several branches of the Boston Public Library will celebrate Earth Day this year between April 10-25. The Chinatown branch will have a day to “Celebrate the Earth With Stories and Craft,” where children are invited to listen to stories and sing songs about the environment. Afterwards, there will be a plant project where each participant will get to go home with a seedling to watch it grow. Other activities include an Earth Day workshop with musician Sagit Zilberman at the Codman Square branch, a crafting “Water Cycle in a Bag” project at Uphams Corner, and multiple story times in various locations. Be sure to check the BPL calendar for your local branch.
Free, various dates, various times, multiple locations, bpl.org.
Earth Day Lecture: The Sacred Balance –Join author David Suzuki for a free lecture on his bestselling novel, “The Sacred Balance.” The novel touches on how humankind should work to fulfill meaningful lives, all while remaining conscious of how to best preserve the planet.
Free, April 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Acropolis Boston, 2000 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.
Franklin Park Zoo Party for the Planet-An Earth Day party at the zoo, complete with a meet-and-greet with Dr. Seuss’s the Lorax? What’s not to love? In addition to storytime from the Lorax, meet representatives from local conservation organizations such as the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition. There will also be animal enrichment activities and zookeeper chats with animals such as the tiger, red panda, and more.
$12+, April 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1 Franklin Park Rd., Boston, zoonewengland.org.
Earth Day Quotes and Poetry
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.
The “green things growing” whisper me
Of many an earth-old mystery.
–Eben Eugene Rexford
How do you celebrate Earth Day? Share in the comments below!