How Long Beach Celebrated the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Week 2012!
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Long Beach kicked off the 42nd annual celebration of Earth Day, by continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability and awareness through hosting a public event "Dirt Day" at Stearns Champions Park (4520 E. 23rd Street) from 10AM-3PM on Saturday, April 21st.
The City of Long Beach invited the community to get involved and celebrate Earth Week 2012 by attending a multitude of events throughout the City. Local community groups hosted an array of activities such as beach cleanups, e-waste drives, tree plantings, and more.
Earth Day was established on April 22, 1970, created to raise awareness for the environment and instill a sense of responsibility for its state. The City of Long Beach has made Earth Day a weeklong experience emphasizing on what the local community has to offer.
Earth Week 2012 Recap
"Dirt Day",was is in collaboration with the City's Office of Sustainability, Environmental Services Bureau, and Long Beach Water Department, and featured composting and water-wise workshops throughout the day along with hands-on activities for kids. Workshop attendees learned how to reduce your impact by recycling lawn and yard trimmings or by planting California-friendly plants to conserve water. The City provided attendees with free mulch and giveaways.
Bike Saturdays! Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Save money, have fun and support local business! For a list of participating businesses, click here.
Join the Earth Day Network to pledge an Act of Green!
Over 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities each year. Be a part of this movement and pledge an act of green such as:
Eat more local food (There are 7 farmer's markets to choose from. For the nearest farmer's market near you, click here)
Plant a garden at home, a school or start a community garden (If you are interested in starting a community garden, please fill out this application)
Eliminate use of pesticides and toxic cleaning products
Bike or walk to work
Get a home energy audit to increase the energy efficiency of the home (Get up to $8,000 for energy upgrades through Energy Upgrade CA)
Bring reusable shopping bags to the store
Switch lightbulbs to LED or other energy efficient light bulb
Pick five for the environment! Pick 5 is an international environmental connection effort brought to you by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of State. Environmental action means taking the simple steps in the different places where we all live. By choosing five or more of these ideas and sharing your own, you are joining thousands of others who are doing the same! Make your actions count today! Actions include:
Use only the water you need, and reuse when possible
Plant a tree, or plant many trees (To request a tree planting for your community or neighborhood group, fill out this questionnaire)
Save energy at home. Choose energy-saving appliances if they're available. Look for EnergyStar!
When purchasing goods, opt for sustainable, recycled or reused resources. Choose items in less packaging
Join or start a green club in your community To pick five, click here!
Additional Events not on the Calendar:
April 21st, Saturday: Wear your pajamas for the 155th "30-Minute Beach Cleanup" Everyone signed-in by 10 a.m., sharp, will get a raffle ticket for the JetBlue tickets, and those wearing sleepwear will get two tickets. There will be a sleepwear contest and prizes for kids, teens and adult categories include gift certificates to Open Sesame! The Cleanup is Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. and we're celebrating Earth Day! Cleanup and contests are "rain or shine" at 1 Granada Ave. Free beachfront parking if you attend the 10 a.m. beach cleanup. Hosted by Justin Rudd!, his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT).