Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, whose goal was to mobilize the globe and bring together environmental activists to promote awareness and education. Over the years, Earth Day has become a global phenomenon, from individual and grassroots efforts to international campaigns. Find great ways you can pitch in on Earth Day and beyond.
The Earth Day Network
provides a database of activities and events worldwide, including river and trail cleanups, tree planting and festivals.
For example, in Silver Spring, Maryland, locals and visitors can participate in an Earth Day build with Habitat for Humanity. Or celebrate on a "grand" scale in New York, where EarthFair at Grand Central will run from April 23 to 24, featuring eco-friendly businesses and environmental groups, organic food and live music.
And who wouldn't want to celebrate Earth Day by tippling on organic wines? California's Central Coast Vineyard Team is hosting the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival
in Luis Obispo County April 16 through April 18. They'll feature sustainably and locally grown food and wine, vineyard tours and cooking demonstrations.
The nonprofit American Hiking Society
(AHS) works to protect the 200,000 miles of our nation's trail systems. AHS sponsors at least 60 volunteer vacations a year, ranging from short-term, family-friendly projects to more intensive outdoor experiences. This April 18 to 24, they're host a backpacking adventure through Mojave National Preserve, where participants will help construct a new section to provide parking access and install new trailhead signs. Or, grab the kids and go to Arkansas' Buffalo National River April 11 to 17 on a family-friendly outing to help build a trail in the Ozarks.Learn more about America's trails at PeterGreenberg.com.
Keep your devotion to the planet going strong as AHS celebrates National Trails Day on June 5, when volunteers can participate in any of 1,600 events around the country.