In 1969, Santa Barbara, Calif. experienced a devastating oil blowout, during which three million gallons of oil spewed into the ocean, killing over 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals and sea lions. In response to this accident, the first Earth Day celebrations were organized in 1970 across the United States and have since expanded throughout the world.
Held every year on April 22, Earth Day events shine a much needed light on the importance of environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability. Below are some events where you can contribute to our local communities and environment.
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles
April 19, 2018
Grand Park joins The Music Center and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to celebrate Los Angeles’ largest earth day event. Earth Day L.A. offers Downtown L.A.’s residents, workers and visitors ideas and solutions on how to live clean and go green. The annual event features performances, tours, plant giveaways and demonstrations of the latest in green technology, which are all free to the public (and to a select number of school groups).
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
April 21-22, 2018
Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s eighteenth annual Earth Day Celebration. Join the Aquarium for a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations, and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. The Aquarium will also debut new climate change programming and exhibits during Earth Day weekend.
Madrona Marsh, Torrance
April 21, 2018
Please join us at the Madrona Marsh for Earth Day 2018 and make a difference by planting native trees and plants. Help create habitats for birds and butterflies as well as enhancing the beauty of Madrona Marsh Preserve. Wear closed toe shoes and jeans. Gloves and refreshments will be provided.
P.S. If you live in California, check out SeeCalifornia.com’s list of eco-friendly events to find Earth Day events near you!