Celebrate Earth Day All Week in Manhattan BeachApr 20, 2020 11:21AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
April 20, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Manhattan Beach is set to honor the event virtually with activities throughout the week.
For ideas of how to celebrate with the family, first check out this comprehensive list of Earth Week activity suggestions put together by Heather de Roos and and other Manhattan Beach PTA Council members and parents.
Additionally, the South Bay Eco Festival has moved online and is now featuring a variety of videos, music presentations, eco-shopping, and opportunities for action. The online event will continue through May 1.
Events on Earth Day, April 22
On the official Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, there are a variety of local events and activities:
Keep it Green, Keep it Clean Live Earth Day Event: The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is holding an all-day event on Facebook in honor of Earth Day with postings on Facebook every hour on the hour starting at 8:00 a.m. Highlights include Earth Day tips, tank feedings, animal spotlights, crafts and more.
50 Years of Earth Day Conversation: Join local environmental leaders in a Zoom conversation from noon to 1:30 p.m. about living low impact, eco-consumerism, climate issues, and more. Panelists include Erica Galia of Rooted Beings; Ashleigh Frager of Back to Basics; Stephanie Cochrane of the Waste Less Shop; and Kim Martin, environmental lawyer, Grades of Green co-founder, and eco-habits blogger. This is a $10 donation-based virtual gathering. with all ticket proceeds going to the group's partner charity, The Thirst Project. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Earth Day History: Heal The Bay is holding a free webinar on the history of Earth Day from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sign up here.
Earth Hour: Celebrate Earth Hour on from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Manhattan Beach by turning off appliances and lights. Then step outside and appreciate the natural beauty of the sky and earth - and rest easy knowing you are making a difference in local emissions and energy use.
Celebrating Earth Day at Home
Other ideas for celebrating Earth Day at home include:
- Pick up litter
- Plant a tree or start a garden (remember that Deep Roots Garden Center and Floral Shop, as a nursery, is an essential business and is still open).
- Sign up for Heal The Bay's Knowledge Drops science education series.
- Build a birdhouse.
- Turn off lights and appliances, as appropriate, when you're not using them.
- Educate yourself on local recycling policies.
- Reduce food waste (and set your food waste out separately, tied in a bag, in your green trash bin).
- Switch to eco-friendly products and refillables (The Waste Less Shop is offering curbside pickup and local delivery).
- Use refillable water bottles rather than plastic (Tabula Rasa has fun Corkcicle canteens).
- Read Kim Martin's blog "Everyday Eco Habits for Everyday People."