By now I know you are all recycling, composting, reusing, and conserving like the good earthlings you are. Why not take a moment or two to celebrate all we do for the planet on Earth Day 2012? Earth Day is April 22 each year, and since it falls on a weekend everyone should have more time to spend saving the planet. Here are a few events taking place to celebrate this orb we call home and draw attention to it’s increasing general temperature.
Earth Day and cash prizes obviously go hand-in-hand. Compete against your fellow residents in The Green Rush, an eco-scavenger hunt presented by Live Green and Clean Currents. Registration ends today (April 16) but the city-wide race is scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. The winning team of up to five people will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Sign up to participate on the event website. Registration starts at $25, and includes entry in the race, the after-party, a reusable goodie bag, and more.
The annual Earth Day Festival on the National Mall draws thousands of people and is usually part concert, part rally, and part trade show. In years past top-name musicians like Sting and The Roots have performed and many politicians have made green promises. Check out the festivities for yourself from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.
If you are looking for a more hands-on way to contribute to a cleaner planet, the Anacostia Watershed Society is hosting their annual waterways clean-up day on Saturday, April 21. From 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., thousands of volunteers will take to the riverbanks to collect trash and debris at 40 sites throughout DC, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. Last year 2,000 volunteers collected and removed over 42 tons of trash from the Anacostia. The event culminates in a concert at RFK Stadium’s Parking Lot #6 that features local musicians, keynote addresses from Mayor Vincent Gray and Councilman Tommy Wells, and free food and drinks for volunteers. More information can be found here.
There are many more events occurring throughout the DC area to honor Mother Earth; these are just a few of the big ones. Don’t wait for the weekend though. Take this coming week and think about what more you can do at home to reduce, reuse, and recycle.