Earth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives (EarthDay.org).
The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.
EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide.
Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins.
Help Coastal Alabama and Mississippi celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local
Earth Day 2018 events.
All events are free unless noted otherwise.
Foley Earth Day
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 21
Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market, Foley, AL
Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market will celebrate with Earth Day displays and activities during the market. Master Gardeners will be on site and a yart sale (yard and art sale) and chili cook-off are also planned.
For more information, contact Alescia Forland at 251-709-4469.
Earth Day Mobile Bay
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 21
Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, AL
This is Alabama’s largest Earth Day celebration, honoring the Earth and the beautiful Mobile Bay. The 47th annual event hosts more than 100 environmental displays. Highlights include a children’s parade, educational activities, environmental film festival, electronics recycling and live entertainment throughout the day. Free BRATS shuttle service is provided from Big Lots parking lot on North Greeno Road, plus free valet bike parking is available at the event.
For more information, call 702-496-5050 or visit EarthDayMobileBay.org. See ad, page 4.
City of Gautier’s 2018
Earth Day Celebration
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 21
George Martin City Park, Gautier, MS
This annual event features a farmers’ market, free eco-tours, vendors and children’s activities that promote learning about the environment. Local vendors will teach about efficient, money-saving and earth-friendly practices.
For more information, visit JaxCoHome.com.
Earth Day Pensacola
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21
Bayview Park, Pensacola, FL
This annual celebration and educational forum promotes green lifestyles with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The theme is Energy, Transportation and Sustainability and vendors will represent ride sharing, public transportation, hybrid vehicles, alternative energy sources and gardening. Enjoy live music, dancing, yoga and a children’s area.
For more information, call 850-293-3578 or visit EarthDayPensacola.org.
Naturally Inspired Art Exhibition
6 to 9 p.m., April 21
Marnée’s Studio, Mobile, AL
The Earth Day opening reception for this juried exhibition will feature nature-themed work from local artists and a book signing by local author Lee Ann Ward. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided and a portion of art sales will benefit Mobile Baykeeper.
For more information, call 251-206-5587 or visit MarneesStudio.com.
Earth Day Ocean Splash
1 to 5 p.m., April 22
The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL
Ocean Camp is celebrating nature and the ocean—which covers 70 percent of the planet and provides most of our oxygen—this Earth Day. The afternoon event will feature animal encounters, animal face painting, scavenger hunt prizes and marina walks.
For more information, call 251-802-8605 or visit OceanCamp.camp.