Earth Day was the idea of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He felt that environmental issues and awareness needed to be more prominent in both the media and in politics so he created the first official Earth Day back in 1970.
Of course, Earth Day should be everyday. This year, the official theme is "Environmental and Climate Literacy". In order to get a bit more literate in this area I'm reading Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything- Capitalism vs the Climate". It's not an easy read for me, I tend to like complex mysteries that allow me to escape into a book and this book makes you think. Another everyday way to celebrate our planet is to get outside and pick up trash. Noticing all the bits of litter can be very eye opening. Besides helping to make the earth a tiny bit cleaner you are setting an example for others. People need to see folks out there not ignoring litter but picking it up.
It's nice to get out and about and connect with others on this Earth Day Celebration. Here's a list of events around the state of ME.
JUST EAT IT- A FOOD WASTE STORY
Sunday April 22 at the Strand Theatre in downtown Rockland
This event is hosted by Renew Rockland, The Strand and Good Tern Coop. Check out their Facebook Page for more info.
EARTH DAY CHORAL CONCERT
Camden’s Quasimodal Chorus will celebrate the Earth with song. At the Camden Public Library on Sunday starts at 2:00 and a donation of $10 is suggested. More info- http://www.librarycamden.org/event/spring-concert-april-2/
EARTH DAY WORK DAY at MOFGA
Earth Day Planting Day on Sat April 21 from 9-3 at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity. More info from MOFGA.
A WALK FOR MOTHER EARTH
Sears Island to Belfast on Sat April 21 from 8-3. Here's a link to the route.
CELEBRATE SCIENCE & EARTH DAY- WHAT WOULD RACHEL DO?
This event honors Rachel Carson and is from 10-2 on Sat at the Waterhouse Center in downtown Kennebunk. More info here-https://www.someplaneteers.org/
TERRA MATTERS YOUTH CLIMATE SUMMIT
Sat 9-12 at Hannaford Hall in Portland. Environmental clubs from Me's high and middle schools will present their projects. After the event join the march and rally and remember to bring your refillable containers for food and drink. More info here- http://terramatters.org/
EARTH FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AT THE PORTLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
Seeds,mud, stories, face painting and more! From 10:30 to 4:30, cost of admission to the museum. More info- https://www.portlandmaine.com/events/earth-day/
WELLS RESERVE AT LAUDHOLM
This place is beautiful and on Earth Day there are family friendly events including bird watching, a concert, beach clean-up and more. https://www.wellsreserve.org/
A DAY OF MINDFULNESS
If you'd like to experience peace and quiet head to Nurture Thru Nature Retreat
starting at 9:30 for singing, chanting, meditation and more peaceful activities. Check it out- http://www.ntnretreats.com/
EARTH DAY AT COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC
Roadside cleanup, picnic lunch, puppet show, e car and a showing of the film
"The Story of Stuff". More info-http://www.coa.edu/calendar/#!event_id/28712/view/event
I know this list is incomplete- feel free to add any events in the comment section.