Each year, Earth Day awakens a renewed sense of awareness about the importance of nature in our lives. This year marks the 48th anniversary of that day. The primary focus for 2018 is on changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and bringing about a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
According to Kathleen Rogers (the president of Earth Day Network): “From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.”
Her non-profit hopes to eradicate the polymer altogether with numerous initiatives. These include garnering global support to eliminate single-use plastics, leading the charge to impose strict regulations for plastic disposal, and educating the general public about the health and other risks associated with the polymer. While bringing global change may take some time, these companies and individuals have already devised innovative ways to reduce plastic pollution.
“Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day, April 22, 2018 and the growing excitement around the 50thAnniversary of Earth Day in 2020,” said Rogers. “We will work with key constituencies and influencers to build a world of educated consumers of all ages who understand the environmental, climate and health consequences of using plastics.”
On Sunday, April 22, more than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day by participating in neighborhood clean-up efforts. The grassroots movement began in 1970 when 20 million Americans took to the streets to voice their concern about the deteriorating environ-
ment, and to urge lawmakers to take action before it was too late. Now boasting over 50,000 partners in 195 countries, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is credited with instigating many of our current environmental policies, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.
Local Earth Day events include:
Honor the Earth — art show, sale benefiting Warner Parks
Friends of Warner Parks and The Chestnut Group, and ‘air painters for the land,’ are partnering this spring to ‘Honor the Earth’ with an art show and exhibit. Representing the beauty of the Parks, and in celebration of Earth Day 2018, the art exhibit will be held until April 22nd from at the Warner Park Nature Center. The original artwork will be for sale during this exhibit, with a generous portion of the proceeds benefiting Friends of Warner Parks.
Earth Day Festival
Free, family friendly event aimed at inspiring green living, raising awareness about environmental protection, and building community. Event will feature vendors, food trucks, and live entertainment throughout the day. April 21, Centennial Park, 11 am–6 pm.
Community Clean Up
The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association will be hosting a Community Clean Up event in support of Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 at Bass Park (1602 Holly St.). Clean up will be followed with a family-friendly neighborhood party that will include food, music, and fun activities for the kids from 11 am-1 pm.
27th annual Green Tie at Nashville Zoo
Tennessee Environmental Council is sponsoring the 27th annual Green Tie at the zoo on Friday, April 20, at the Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike. Green Tie at the zoo enables the Council to continue its profound work through three core programs: Tennessee Tree Project, Watershed Support Center and Sustainable Tennessee which actively conserve and improve Tennessee’s environment, communities and public health.