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What's up with Earth Day?

Updated: Apr 18


Since the very first Earth Day in 1970 to the 50th anniversary event (digital because of the pandemic) in 2020, it has been the archetypal environmental event.


Let's look at the history and evolution of Earth Day. How did it get started? Why April 22? How has it evolved? Has Earth Day lost its mojo? Or is it evolving to meet the challenge of climate change? And as always: What's happening locally?


In this episode, you will meet our elusive co-host, Christy, as well as Surabhi Konkar of Sustainable Lafayette.


Below is a sampling of Earth Day events around the Bay Area:

Earth Day Lafayette, April 23 11 AM - 2 PM

The event will feature inspiration and entertainment for all ages. The Jim Ocean band will be there with their unique brand of Rock n' Roll. The band will treat the audience to a live performance of their new album, "FrankenClime" -- a humor-infused rock ‘n’ roll monster mash spotlighting the environmental challenges of the times. There will be arts, crafts and games to keep the kids entertained as well as a petting zoo by Lamorinda 4H. Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association will be there with an observation hive and honey bee education. Sharp Bicycle will be there providing free bike tune-ups. A variety of local and national environmental organizations and youth groups will be there to educate everyone on how to live sustainably and take part in protecting our planet.


Earth Day, Pleasant Hill Instructional Garden, April 22, 12:30 - 4:30 PM, directions

PHIG and community partner organizations share how we can better provide healthy communities, sustainable gardens for pollinators, save water and improve our environment, and reduce our carbon footprint by composting and planting native plants. Free garden tour. Contact us on ways to help and how to participate! This year is the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day. Understand how small efforts can make a difference to help the Earth, and improve sustainable practices in your garden. Support your community!


Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration El Sobrante, April 22,, 4191 Appian Way

Cleanup 9:30am-12pm

Sign in, get grabbers, vests, buckets, gloves and pick a location. Join Green Teams to clean up streets, SPAWNERS to clean up creeks. Celebration 12pm-2pm

Information tables, food, children's art activities, entertainment, speakers, Earth Day book displays, a community created art installation, electric car and bike demos, and more!

This event is a community partnership between the Green Team, SPAWNERS, SOS! Richmond, and is being hosted at the El Sobrante Library. Also, thanks to El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, go to KeepElSobranteBeautiful.info.

Earth Day, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, April 22 11 AM - 6 PM, County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way

Earth Day SF has many interactive workshops planned for 2023, and you’ll enjoy experiencing hands on activities with a purpose. We will have a ‘Build A Bike’ workshop, an Aquaponics workshop, a Greywater Systems workshop, and a Earth Day T Shirt silk screening workshop, as well as speakers. Our non-profit partners will lead workshops and seminars. Representatives from GreenPeace, Sierra Club, Amazon Watch, Food and Water Watch, GMO Labeling, and many more have been a part of Earth Day SF since the beginning. More great causes will be on site on April 22, 2023 in Golden Gate Park.

Make your voice heard! There will be a ‘Phone Bank’ workshop, to call your representatives directly and tell them how important environmental legislation is to you. We’ll provide ‘DIY Eco-Action Postcards’ to create and mail to the Governor’s office, as well as to other lawmakers whose decisions effect your daily life. Take part in our interactive Art Wall, and many other forms of green art. Also featured will be information on how to reduce

waste, and classes on starting an organic farm.

Additional 2023 Activities TBA.


Earth Day at Civic Park, Walnut Creek, 11 AM - 2 PM

Sponsored by Sustainable Walnut Creek.


Love Our Earth Festival, Atherton

Celebrate the 53rd Anniversary of Earth Day at this year’s Love Our Earth Festival, Saturday, April 22, from 11 am to 4 pm at Menlo-Atherton High School. Admission is free. This is the first-of-its-kind event bringing neighbors in Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, North Fair Oaks, and Palo Alto together to celebrate Earth Day.


Take part in the event’s various activities, including:

  • Clean Vehicle Showcase: Featuring dozens of models of electric vehicles plus e-bikes, scooters, and elliptical street bikes, too!

  • Goodwill Donation Drive: Attendees can drop off unwanted items right at the event.

  • Ask an Expert” Booth: Get answers to questions about electrifying your home, going solar, installing greywater systems, and more.

  • Speaker Series: Offered in American Sign Language, English, and Spanish, attendees will hear from Senator Josh Becker, Stanford Professors Dr. Rob Jackson and Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo, and more!

  • Family Activities: Spanish and English story times from the Menlo Park Library, live reptile shows from the Lizard Lady, and maker space and crafts from the Atherton Library

  • Exhibitors and vendors: Visit 50+ booths with activities for all ages, resources, giveaways, and more!

  • Live music and Entertainment: Performances from renowned Bay Area musicians, Deborah Levoy and the Cook 'N Fenny Combo and family-friendly movie screenings

  • Bicycle Fix-It: Ride your bike to the event and make quick repairs with help from fix-it coaches

Earth Day Marin, April 23, 1 - 5 PM, Mill Valley Community Center

You will see some amazing art, hear inspiring talks, play fun games and enjoy good music at this special community event. And you will learn about actions we can take to save ourselves and our planet, such as: use clean energy, eat sustainably, live lightly and build healthy communities.


Oakland Earth Day: Volunteer, April 22

Register for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

Oakland Shoreline Harbor Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration


Earth Day at Jack London Square


Earth MONTH at Oakland Zoo

April 22: Taking action for wildlife

April 29: Planting for pollinators

Meet with our conservation partners and local environmental organizations, enjoy crafts, art, face painting, musical entertainment, and more! Join us at Oakland Zoo to Celebrate our beautiful planet!


Humanist Hall 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration, April 29, 6:00-9:00 $20

390 27th Street, Oakland

You are invited to a fun-filled and inspiring evening celebrating a month of keeping Oakland green and Earth Day! Join Keep Oakland Beautiful for an outdoor event featuring delicious food and drinks, music, a silent auction, and a moving program highlighting Oakland community members dedicated to beautifying their communities. Your ticket proceeds support Keep Oakland Beautiful and comes with dinner, drinks, entertainment, and light programming for the evening.

Silent auction (items include concert tickets, local restaurant gift cards, and more)

  • Learn more about Keep Oakland Beautiful’s work and celebrate our previous year Small Grant awardees

  • Hear from special guests, Vincent Williams from the Urban Compassion Project and Oakland Council Members


Berkeley Shoreline Earth Day Cleanup,

Volunteer for our Earth Day Cleanup! Meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center at 160 University Ave, anytime from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Cleanup will take place along various areas of the Berkeley Waterfront as well as Aquatic Park.


Berkeley Bay Festival

Join us at the Berkeley Marina on Saturday, April 22 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (after the cleanup) for the Berkeley Bay Festival and Earth Day Celebration. Connect with the Bay and our local community through live music, performers, food, hands-on educational activities and free boat rides.

This free family-focused event celebrates the Bay, its local wildlife, and the people and agencies dedicated to its protection. Over 30 environmental and wildlife conservation organizations from around the Bay will share their exhibits with the public.


Earth Day on the Plaza

Saturday, April 22, 2023 11AM-4PM, Downtown Berkeley Plaza

In addition to music, the event will feature eco-friendly vendors, offering a wide range of sustainable products and services. Visitors will be able to purchase handmade crafts. There will also be a variety of informative booths, highlighting eco-friendly practices and initiatives, such as composting, recycling, and reducing waste.


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