Earth Day 2017 is This Saturday

This Saturday, April 22nd, marks the 47th annual celebration of Earth Day around the globe. First celebrated in 1970 across schools and universities in the United States, Earth Day is credited with starting the contemporary environmental conservation movement, and has been a yearly call to action to create awareness of our impact on the planet and take action to change our behaviors and incite policy changes.

Over the years, Earth Day has become a global event, with the participation of over one billion people in 192 countries; and inspiring international treaties such as the Paris Agreement last year.

We have gathered a list of some of the coolest things to do for Earth Day this weekend and for the ongoing Earth Week:

Friday 04/21 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This walking tour will take you to eco-friendly locations all over NYC, such as sustainable gardens, eco-conscious hotels, and more. Click here to register.

 Saturday 04/22 from 11:00 AM. This day-long family celebration will teach you the ways that New Yorkers work to protect our planet. Activities will include songs, books, healthy snacks, and a scavenger hunt. Click here to register.

Saturday 04/22 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Can you imagine what life would be like in NYC without any cars? Thanks to the NYC Department of Transportation, you can experience a car-free Midtown this Saturday. A 30-block stretch of Broadway will be car-free from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, featuring pop-up activities like walking tours, workshops, and giveaways along the way. For more information and a full route map, click here.

Opens Saturday, 04/22. This new Disney documentary follows three animal families (pandas, golden monkeys and snow leopards) through beautiful landscapes in the Chinese wilderness. This film will debut in theaters for Earth Day 2017, and Disneynature has pledged to contribute $.20 per ticket to the World Wildlife Fund, with a guaranteed minimum of $100,000. Check your local movie theater for more information.

Saturday, 04/22 at 8:30 AM. The Student Conservation Association is bringing the community together to celebrate Earth Day and volunteer at Riverbank State Park. You can help paint new park benches, gather historical data, adopt a tree and enjoy live music and family friendly games. Click here to register. 

These are just a few of the many fun activities around NYC for Earth Week! For many more things to do, check listings at Earth Day Network. There are also many volunteering activities at NYC local parks, and you may get a free lunch and T-shirt for your service.

Don't feel like going out this weekend? You can still participate by donating to Earth Day Network, the World Wildlife Fund, or your NYC Community Park. You can also make a pledge in the Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green Initiative or read more about many more ways to stay involved throughout the year and contribute to a greener planet. 

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