Earth Day: 2019 Campaign and Local Events

by Ronica A. O’Hara

On April 22, eco-conscious citizens will join together again in communities across the country to celebrate Earth Day and work for the planet’s healthy, sustainable future. This year, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is asking people to join its Protect Our Species campaign to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in the ecosystem and the current threats faced by many of them.

The nonprofit cites that the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction in 60 million years because of human activity, including climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides. But the good news, EDN says, is that the rate of extinctions can be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now. This will necessitate a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders and scientists that demands immediate action.

EDN is asking people to advocate government policies that protect species and their habitats, and to continue to build on the worldwide efforts that embrace the value of nature.

It is also asking people to undertake such individual actions as adopting a plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use. More information, including teach-in toolkits and facts on threatened species from whales to insects, can be found at EarthDay.org.

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Help celebrate and promote progress in species sustainability efforts by participating in these Upstate Earth Day-related 2019 events.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

Greenville Zoo Celebrates Earth Day—9am-1pm. Vendors including local conservation and civic groups from the Upstate will share information on how to make our world a better place to live and play. Cost is included with paid zoo admission. Greenville Zoo is located at 150 Cleveland Park Dr. with entrance on Washington St. Call 864-467-4300 or visit GreenvilleZoo.com.

Sierra Nevada Earth Day Sustainability Workshops – 2-5pm.The workshops will take place in Sierra Nevada’s Founder’s Room: enter 2nd door on left, walk upstairs to visitor corridor; room is first door on right. 2-2:45pm: Backyard Composting; 3:15-4pm: Home Rain Barrels and Rain Garden; 4:15-5pm: Sierra Nevada Sustainaiblity Tour (wear closed toed shoes; no beer on tour but available during workshops and after tour). Free. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Fletcher, NC.

WEEKEND, APRIL 20 AND 21

Love The Earth Music Fest – 8am-9pm. Enjoy music, food and art in the great outdoors minutes from downtown Greenville. Event donates a portion of proceeds to a local environmental group focused on improving water. Two stages, live music all day: Phuncle Sam, My Girl, My Whiskey and Me, Rush Morgan, Jef Chandler, Jef Wilson, Josh Tessier, The Knotty G’s and more. $12-$25. Saluda River Yacht Club, 1307 Old Easley Hwy., Easley. Facebook: Profile LoveBombProductions23/

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24:

3rd Annual Earth Day Festival –Noon-7pm. 20+ Clemson University, local and state conservation and wildlife organizations; activities; great food; craft beers; local wine; and live music. Free. Bob Campbell Geology Museum, 140 Discovery Ln., Clemson. Facebook.com/events/379950392834089/. Greenville.com/event/3rd-annual-earth-day-festival/.

SATURDAY, MAY 4:

Spartanburg Earth Day Festival (SEDF) –10am-3pm. SEDF is an educational event that has evolved into a festival format to involve more children, youth, families, and the community at large in an experiential, fun, educational exploration of environmental concerns and activities, art contests. Food vendors available. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, 210 Henry Place, Spartanburg. SpartanburgEarthDay.org.