If you’re like me, you love being outdoors, and you take it personally when people don’t treat Mother Nature with respect. I am what you would call a tree hugger, and I believe it’s important that we collectively work to take care of the earth. Earth day originated on April 22, 1970, when millions of Americans decided enough was enough and begin to speak out and protest against deterioration of the environment. This year’s Earth Day 2018 focus is dedicated to providing information and inspiration to help changes people’s attitudes about plastic. By educating individuals on plastic pollution and ways they can be more environmentally aware, we are all playing an active part in protecting our environment.

For more information on actions you can take nationally please visit www.earthday.org.

Interested in getting involved locally and want to celebrate? Check out some of these Earth Day events:

City of Charlotte Earth Day
April 20, 2018
9:00- 3:00pm
Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East 4th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Cost: $Free
Come out and learn about energy efficient homes, cooking with healthy foods, and learn about ongoing sustainability issues. There will also be live music, food trucks, family activities, and giveaways.

Ballantyne Earth Day Celebration
April 20, 2018
15801 Brixham Hill Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277
A free community event featuring music, a farmers market, food trucks, on-site dog adoptions, giveaways and local vendors showing their sustainability efforts.

Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway
April 21, 2018
288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Cost: $Free
Activities will include horse riding, canoeing, kayaking, Border collie demonstrations, nature hikes, a recycled fashion showcase and a recycled art show.

Earth Day Party & Sunshine Gose Release at Birdsong
April 21, 2018
1016 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28206
Cost: $Free
Come and check out Birdsong’s new Sunshine Gose and hear about ways they are consciously making decisions to support the environment. Vendors will be on site from 1-5 and include Williams Subaru of Charlotte, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, King of Pops, and NC Dept of Environmental Quality.

Earth Day Picnic in the Park
April 22, 2018
Latta Park, 601 E Park Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203
Cost: $Free
Carolina Center for Spiritual Awakening is hosting a picnic in the heart of Dilworth in Latta Park. Bring a blanket and a dish to share.

Earth Day Canoe Trip
April 21, 2018
Latta Plantation Nature Center
6211 Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
Cost: $20.00
Take a 5-mile canoe trip and learn about Mountain Island Lake and why it’s important to the Charlotte community as it holds most of Charlotte drinking water.

Earth Day Run at Noda
April 22, 2018
2921 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28205
Cost: $Free
Come out and run with the Noda Run club on a 1, 3, or 5 mile run and end with a delicious beer. After the run, they will be handing out seeds and plants for runners to take, plant and grow into something beautiful.

Feeling even more adventurous? Test your Earth Day Knowledge by taking one of these quizzes:



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