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April 15, 2014

Earth Day is Almost Here!

Earth Day is April 22nd, and Citizens around the world will celebrate Earth Day with events that demonstrate support for environmental protection. Obviously, trees play a vital role in environmental protection efforts, and TreesCharlotte encourages you to sign up for an upcoming volunteer event in celebration of Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day in Charlotte

Tuesday, April 22nd from 11am-2pm
In Charlotte, an uptown event will take place at Trade & Tryon streets. City and County experts will be on hand in front of the Disc. There will be activities, and plenty of great information on how citizens can reduce their carbon footprint.

Fun for Kids

Saturday, April 19th from 10am-4pm
The Charlotte Nature Museum will offer backyard gardening, a wildlife habitat and “mucking in the mud.” There will also be crafts, puppet shows and storytelling.

Sustainability Awards

Tuesday, April 22nd at 5:30pm
UNC-Charlotte hosts the 3rd Annual Community Sustainability Awards + Earth Day celebration. Local professionals will honor the region’s most outstanding sustainability leaders, with a keynote address given by Alicia Roskind, founder and owner of Okra Charlotte.

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Earth Day History

Earth Day began April 22nd, 1970 as one of country’s first bi-partisan events. Led by Democratic Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey from California, the first Earth Day celebration resulted in 20 million Americans talking, celebrating, marching and planning for a healthy, more sustainable environment. That inaugural Earth Day inspired citizens to take both a local and global view to protect and preserve the planet. The success of Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in December 1970. Earth Day celebrations are now an honored annual tradition all around the world.