Earth Day, which takes place every year on April 22, is here! This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth, which is a call to action to conserve and restore our environment using natural solutions, technology, education, and civic action. Here are some events and year-round action steps to help make our world a little greener!
On April 22, join the South Baltimore Community Land Trust and other community members in celebrating Baltimore’s very first annual Zero Waste Day! This day marks a turning point following Baltimore’s choice to leave behind a system focused on burning and burying our limited natural resources. This virtual event, beginning at 6:30 PM on April 22, builds upon the work done by activists last year to create Baltimore’s Fair Development Plan for Zero Waste.
Away from your friends or family this Earth Day? The Litterati App is a great way to connect and compete to see who can pick up the most litter! Just take a photo of each piece of trash you pick up, tag it as what type of litter it is, then upload your photos in the app. It also maps where you’ve picked up litter, and this data has been used by governments and organizations to influence environmental policy. To date, Litterati users have picked up over 9.9 million pieces of trash!
Planting trees has many benefits for communities and the environment, such as improving air quality, reducing the urban heat island effect, and helping to clean rainwater. Check out Blue Water Baltimore’s calendar of upcoming tree planting events on April 24, 28, and 30 to get involved!
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a fantastic resource to find a stream cleanup near you if you reside in the region. Check out their website to view a map of upcoming stream cleanups this month, as well as connect with organizations in the watershed doing other important environmental advocacy!
Written by Anna Brackett, MICA 2022, BFA Architectural Design