2017 Earth Day Events in San Diego

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Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. This holiday is an international celebration that promotes peace and honors the planet we live on. The idea for Earth Day was first suggested by peace activist John McConnell in 1969 at the conference for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. McConnell believed that humans have an obligation to take care of the earth and to share its resources equally, so he proposed a specific day dedicated to honor these ideals. Now, Earth Day is observed in 192 countries and it is the largest secular holiday in the world. This holiday is celebrated by more than a billion people every year.

This year, Earth Day and the ideals that it represents seem particularly controversial. Tensions are high when it comes to the issue of our planet’s welfare, especially when it comes to global warming and its causes. Environmental activists and those who deny climate change have been arguing about the scientific evidence of its causes, and this argument has been exacerbated recently by the new president’s proclamation that global warming is a hoax. There has also been controversy surrounding Trump’s pick for the agency that is meant to protect our environment.

The politics surrounding environmental protection have been at the forefront of news media recently, and hopefully the peaceful foundations of Earth Day will conquer the hostility and strife, even if it is just for one day.  Regardless of whether you believe that human activity is the main cause of climate change or not, it is still important to value, respect, and protect the earth while we are here.

In celebration of Earth Day, many school children will learn skills and participate in activities that teach them the value of the earth and the importance of treating our natural surroundings with care. They will cultivate school gardens, learn about the process of recycling and the basics of sustainability. Environmental education leads to brighter, greener future for our planet.

Now more than ever, awareness of and advocacy for environmental protection is of the highest importance. On Earth Day, people around the world will take part in events and festivities that bring awareness to environmental protection on individual, organizational, or governmental levels. Concern and care for our natural surroundings benefit the earth and all of its residents. There are many activities in San Diego and around the world to participate in on Earth Day (and every day) to show your appreciation for the planet. 

The 28th annual EarthFair will be held at Balboa Park on Sunday, April 23. This family friendly event features more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a children’s activity area, and entertainment venues. The EarthFair is your source for all things green and earth friendly: traditional conservation organizations, wildlife preservation groups, products made from natural and organically grown crops, alternative energy vehicles, ecotourism opportunities, pet adoption services, and much, much more. 

If you want to volunteer in your community and be an active part in protecting the natural beauty of our city, register for the 15th annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Last year 6,400 volunteers removed 150,000 lbs. of litter from 110 different sites around San Diego County. The Creek to Bay Cleanup is hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego, an environmental organization that has been dedicated to improving the health and beauty of San Diego for over 60 years.

If you are an art enthusiast, or if you are just looking for a unique way to celebrate Earth Day, the San Diego Museum of Art hosts an annual floral exhibition called Art Alive from April 28-30. On display at this exhibit are more than 100 floral interpretations created by top local and national designers.

We live in a place that is full of natural beauty. Show your love for this corner of the planet by attending one of these local events in celebration of Earth Day.

Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at

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