Earth Day at 40: Events, activities in Atlanta

Earth Day 2010By Collin Kelley and Britt Buttrill

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and events are planned on and around April 22 to raise global awareness about the environment. Here’s a round-up of some of the events taking place in Atlanta.

Decatur Celebrates Earth Day
The city celebrates on Sunday, April 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Garden, 435 Oakview Road. Decorate your bikes, wagons, strollers, yourself and march in the parade.  There will also be a cake contest, crafts, a community pavilion, music and the Earth Day t-shirt design contest winner will be named.

Oakhurst Garden will also host its annual Spring Plant Sale on April 9, 10 and 11 with over 100 varieties of tomato, pepper, eggplant, herbs, and flowers at the sale. www.oakhurstgarden.org.

Atlantic Station
The Midtown live/work/play destination will hold a daylong celebration of Earth Day from on April 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Park. There will b green vendors to help families learn simple ways to reduce their impact on the planet with product and lifestyle choices, children’s activities, entertainment and much more. Visit www.AtlanticStation.com for more information.

Arbor Jam
This benefit for the Georgia Urban Forest Council and the Georgia Arborist Association will be held Tuesday, April 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sweetwater Brewing Company, 195 Ottley Dr. There will be low-country barbecue, live music and, of course, beer. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $45 at the door. But tickets online at www.gufc.org.

BeltLine Earth Day Clean-Up
Work on the Atlanta BeltLine – a 22-mile elliptical around Intown that will have walking/paths and eventually a train system – continues and a community clean-up day will be held Saturday, April 17, 8 a.m. to noon in Ansley Park and from 9 a.m. to noon in the Old Fourth Ward. Other neighborhoods are also encouraged to get involved with their own clean-ups. Neighborhood groups or individuals can register online at www.keepatlantabeautiful.org.

Captain Planet Earth Day Kids Fest
The eighth annual event at Chattahoochee Nature Center will be held Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids can meet and take pictures with Captain Planet, work in the learning gardening, see live animals, take part in the recycle relay, paddle a canoe and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids. www.captainplanetfoundation.org.

Corporate Green Day Challenge Atlanta
This annual event sponsored by EarthShare of Georgia sees companies and their employees volunteering to help clean up a park or greenspace in the city. This year’s event is Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. to noon. All participating employee volunteers will receive a volunteer bag, t-shirt and a variety of eco-giveaways from our Earth Day sponsors. The Corporate Green Day Challenge winning team with the greatest number of participating employees will be recognized at the eighth annual Earth Day Leadership Breakfast on Friday, April 23, at the Georgia Aquarium. For a downloadable Earth Day Sponsorship Packet please visit the main Earth Day page at www.earthsharega.com or call (404) 873-3173 for sponsorship information.

Pete Wentz will perform at Dow Live Earth Run for WaterThe Dow Live Earth Run for Water
This series of 6k run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to get water) will be held on Sunday, April 18, culminating with a water education village and live musical performances by Rob Thomas, Pete Wentz and Angelique Kidjo. The Atlanta event is one of 80 taking place in cities across 40 countries to raise awareness and funds that will help solve the global water crisis. The events will be held in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Funds raised from the events will benefit Global Water Challenge, a coalition of non profit organizations – including Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper – working to bring clean, safe drinking water to millions of people worldwide. www.liveearth.org.

Electronic Recycling at Turner Field
If you live in Atlanta, there’s a way for you to rid your home and garage of these and other unwanted electronic items without harming the environment. The city will hold its annual Electronic Waste Recycling Day in the Blue Lot of Turner Field on Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If it plugs in, most likely it will be accepted – computers to cell phones and microwaves to VCRs. Please note that there is a $10 fee for televisions and these items will not be accepted: consoles, projection televisions, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, de-humidifiers or humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, tires, household trash and non-electronic equipment.

Earth Day Party on Land 2010
EarthShare of Georgia’s 14th annual party is Wednesday, April 21, 7 to 10 p.m. at Opera in Midtown. Join a diverse group of environmentalists, philanthropists, business professionals and the community at large on the eve of Earth Day, and help promote sustainable practices and policies wherever we work, live and play. Enjoy music, dancing, food by Whole Foods Market, and an Eco-silent auction stocked with deals on unique eco-getaways, outdoor gear, and environmentally friendly products. Proceeds for the evening benefit EarthShare of Georgia, Georgia’s only dedicated environmental fund. www.earthsharega.org.

Earth Day 2010 Leadership Breakfast
Business and nonprofit leaders of Georgia and beyond will gather to celebrate their sustainable business practices at the Earth Day Leadership Breakfast at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday, April 23, 8 to 10 a.m. Now in its eighth year, the breakfast will feature keynote speaker Seth Goldman, co-founder, president and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, makers of organic bottled tea. Whole Foods Market will contribute organic food for the Leadership Breakfast, prepared and served to guests by the Georgia Aquarium’s exclusive caterer, Wolfgang Puck Catering. www.earthsharega.org.

10 Comments
  1. Carl, we’re on it. We’ll have something on the homepage the week before and we plan to have an article in the May print edition, which should hit the streets before Green Decatur. Cheers!

  2. Join us for 2010 Earth Day Summit on April 21st, 6.30pm, at Agnes Scott College (141 East College Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030)!

    Theme: “Perspectives on Copenhagen: Next Steps” Moderator: Felicia Davis (Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Enhancement
    Institute for Capacity Building, United Negro College Fund)

    For reception, please rsvp to atlantakeepingitwild@gmail.com
    For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=76918650449&ref=search&sid=1664942448.739736519..1 or contact us at (678) 904 – 2200

  3. Jack Art Gallery in Studioplex’s April show is “recyling eARTh” – come to our artists’ reception & opening Wed, April 14.

  4. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition’s third annual 2010 BeltLine Bike Tour: Sunday, April 25 from 1-6 pm (registration starts at noon)

    The BeltLine Bike Tour follows completed and proposed sections of the BeltLine, primarily on adjacent neighborhood streets, and offers three route options catering to all abilities. Riders will gather at the start location at Grady High School (8th St. parking lot) beginning at noon and leave at 1 pm. http://www.atlantabike.org/bbt2010

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