The melody of “here comes the sun and I say it’s alright” still rings out all over the world, because what began with the Beatles lives on as a message of love and peace for Mother Nature. Earth Day brings together more than a billion people worldwide to clean up our act and contribute to saving the environment. As climate change looms over us all like dark clouds on the horizon, our best bet is to join together and act now-and we just might save the next generation. Itching to participate? Good. Here are just some of the ways you can do your part right here in Atlanta:
Earth Day Stream Cleanup
Those juice boxes, plastic straws, and candy bar wrappers you just haphazardly throw away? You know where those things end up? You guessed right. Our rivers and waters run deep with so many essentials for us, and yet we’ll never be able to sustain this with our careless lifestyle. The non-profit organization North Fork Connectors is doing their part by organizing a stream cleanup of the North Fork of Peachtree Creek. In order to make a public park along the stream ideal for cycling and paddling, they aim to bring the community together in cleaning up the stream. The event is open to the public and absolutely free-all that’s missing now is you. Volunteer on April 19th from 9AM until noon. Gear up with your best spring cleaning outfit of comfortable jeans, long sleeve shirts, reliable shoes, and work gloves. Scour your attic or garage for anything that may help you pick up trash. And most important of all, bring your positive attitude and have a lot of fun! Visit North Fork Connectors to learn more.
Earth Day Play Day and Movie at Candler Park
Teach kids about loving Mother Earth by volunteering as a Play Day Assistant at the Earth Day Play Day and Movie event. On April 19th from 12:30PM to 10PM, brace yourself for a day of sports, games, and chillaxing at the movies at Candler Park by Academe of the Oaks. Shifts for assistants are in 5-hour and 10-hour batches, so commit what you can to raise awareness among the young generation.
Kula Project Earth Day Concert
For all the audiophiles out there, the Kula Project Earth Day concert at Monday Night Brewing will have Sailing to Denver rock your night away on April 20th. Tickets are $20 online at KulaProject.org, or $25 upon entrance to the event. From 7PM to 10PM, the concert will also feature the Kula Market where artisans display and vend their handicrafts for charity, all to benefit the Rwandan farmers’ income and medical needs. There will be an interactive photobooth, and even produce giveaways from Lettuce Buy Local. And if you’ve always been curious about a cornhole tournament, visit Kula Project and get those tickets ASAP.
19th Annual Earth Day Party
The Defoor Center will play host to the 19th Annual Earth Day Party by the one and only EarthShare of Georgia on Thursday, April 24. The festivities start at 7PM, where a night of music, dancing, and a silent auction on eco-products will highlight the importance of saving nature. At $60 a pop for the entrance tickets, not only will you be having a blast, you’ll also be doing your share of contributing to the proceeds for charity.
Earth Day may only come once a year, but that doesn’t mean that this is the only time to conserve and preserve. Saving water when you shower or even planting a small tree in your backyard already means a lot to nature, so do your part. After all, this beautiful globe we live in is all we’ve got.