Happy #Friday, Happy #EarthDay Fun Facts, #Activities, and #Freebies

Happy Earth Day everyone!  As we are celebrating around the world for #EarthDay, do we all know what it’s all about and where it came from?  I’m sharing fun facts, activities and freebies and ways we can all celebrate #Earth Day Together! 

There are many ways you and I can do to participate in #EarthDay! 
Here are just a few samples:

  1. Ride a bike or walk to the park instead of driving to the park
  2. Properly recycle and reuse items to offer each product a second chance of life
  3. Clean up in your neighborhood park/beach to pick up trash and maintain our environment
  4. Plan a green wedding:
    1) Use soy ink to print on recycle papers for all wedding stationary.  And have seeds embedded in your wedding stationary so your guests can plant them.
    2) Make your own centerpieces and serve as wedding favors with succulent plants and small trees 
    3) Use organic, local grown products to creat your green reception menu
    4) Donate your flowers, setup materials to local charity that can use it for other use
    5) Plan your ceremony/reception at the same location to prevent your guests from driving back and forth
    6) Select an outdoor/natural spot as your ceremony/reception location.
    7) Purchase a Vintage gown, tuxedos, wedding accessories and resale or donate it after the wedding.  Or choose a simpler dress and suite that you will be able to wear again.
  5. Make sustainable choices and live earth-friendly lives together with your family
  6. Invest in socially/environmentally responsible company to plan for your retirement and educational funds.


Amy Ling Events a socially responsible unique event planning service in southern California

Where Earth Day Came From

Earth Day was first conceived by Sen. Gaylord Nelson in the early 1960s. Nelson worried that environmental issues were not being addressed in the political arena. In his conservation efforts, Nelson organized a nationwide grassroots demonstration in the spring of 1970, to further promote conservation involvement and awareness. Support for and interest in the activity was immense and the 1970 demonstration became the first official Earth Day. The first Earth Day helped inspire the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. Each year, April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day, which is now observed around the world.

 Fun Facts About Earth Day
  • Earth Day Networks estimates that 500 million people from 4,500 organizations in 180 countries will participate in Earth Day events during the month of April.
  • Earth Day is big with schools. On many school calendars, it is the third most activity-inspiring holiday, after Christmas and Halloween.
  • Companies have even gotten into Earth Day. Last year, office supply store Staples introduced office paper made entirely without new trees.
  • As part of the celebration, some communities make Earth Day a “Car-Free Day“.

Earth Day Freebies

  • Starbucks is celebrating Earth Day with Starbucks on 4/22: Bring in a reusable mug/cup and Starbucks will fill it with your fresh brewed choice of hot/ice coffee or tea at participating US/Canada Stores.
  • Lowe’s is giving away 1 million free trees on Saturday, April 23. The giveaway, in partnership with American Forests.  When planted, these one million trees will eventually produce more than 260,000,000 pounds of oxygen annually, providing air for more than 670,000 people for one year.
  • A free reusable bag can be had from Kellogg’s with the proof of purchase from two boxes of cereal. You’ll need to use this form (.pdf file). There’s a limit of five bags per household.
  • Disney Stores are giving away a free reusable shopping bag on Friday to those who bring in five plastic shopping bags for recycling.
  • Evos is giving away a free organic milk shake. No purchase necessary.
  • Swap a skin care product — full or empty or somewhere in between — at any Origins counter on Friday for a free full-size tube of Checks and Balances or A Perfect World facial cleanser. Take this form along.

Earth Day Activities Around Los Angeles

Friday, 4/22:
 The G2 Gallery’s Eco Runway for Earth Day will showcase eco-conscious active wear from Zavella, chemical free makeup from GoodMakers Street Team, and handmade crystal jewelry from Venice-based artisan Veronica Brigitte Rose with Ladjili jewelry. See the show while noshing on snacks from Chipotle from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm at G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. Cost: $5. RSVP required to events@theg2gallery.com.

Celebrate the Earth with CELP. Join the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program as they present interactive and Earth-friendly demonstrations including eco-paper making, worm-composting, gardening and solar-baking. Grades K to 5 and their families, 2 to 4 p.m., Santa Monica Main Library, Children’s Activity Room, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Earth Day Rally. Venice Neighborhood Council’s Santa Monica Airport Committee is sponsoring a rally against Santa Monica Airport’s use of leaded fuel in propeller planes, 3 to 5 p.m., Bundy Drive and Airport Avenue.

Friday, 4/22 – Sun., 4/24:
The Topanga Earth Day Festival will feature a music and other performances on a solar-powered sound stage, yoga classes, green workshops and demos, a play area, a garden area, and a lot more. The weekend-long event happens at the Topanga Community House Fair Grounds, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. Cost: $12.

Saturday, 4/23:
Los Angeles EarthFest will feature a free expo and festival with green booths and vendors, environmental workshops, and other family friendly green activities from 10 am to 6 pm — and a Jazz Concert in the Park for the Environment, featuring Paul Brown and Jessy J., from 1:30 pm-5 pm. The event happens from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area‎, 4100 S La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. Cost: Free expo; $35 – $125 for concert.

Beach Cleanup with Heal the Bay, The Santa Monica College community will come together in a day of service and cleanup of a local beach. Volunteers will meet at the SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies and carpool or take the bus to the cleanup site, 12:30 p.m., 310.434.3909

California Native Plant Society’s Annual Wildflower Show will offer a native plant sale and speakers who’ll talk about native plant gardening and wildflowers. The event happens from 9 am to 4 pm at Sepulveda Garden Center, 16633 Magnolia Blvd., Encino. Cost: Free

 (Sources from Parents.com, Amy Ling Events, NASA, MSN Money )


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