We’ve got only one Earth for the seven billion of us — let’s take care of it. This year’s Earth Day activities and celebrations are great opportunities to get involved with preserving the environment for ourselves and for the generations to come. With the Earth’s near 197 million square miles of surface area, 70 percent of which is water, we’ve got a lot to protect and enjoy. So as you celebrate Earth Day this year, mark these upcoming events on your calendar.
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2013 Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration
Anacostia Watershed Society
20 sites around the Anacostia Watershed in DC, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties
Date: April 20
Roll up those sleeves and lend a helping hand in the Earth Day Cleanup of the Anacostia River Watershed. Sponsored by the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS), the Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration will include free food and drinks, live music, local exhibitors and guest speakers. Help the AWS protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities. In the process, you’ll be helping to preserve an ecosystem that is key to the survival of many animal species and a vital natural resource.
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
There’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day than at the National Aquarium. Learn about the more than 16,000 species that inhabit the endless seas and support the ecosystem that sustains human life. See the amazing exhibit “Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance,” or enjoy a dolphin show. The National Aquarium is a prime example of the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy environment in order to protect and sustain our precious waterways.
Alexandria Earth Day
Ben Brenman Park
4800 Brenman Park Drive
Alexandria, VA 22304
Date: April 20
When it comes to saving the Earth, every person counts. The same concept applies to water conservation: every drop counts. That’s this year’s theme for Alexandria Earth Day. Educational exhibits, demonstrations and a tree sale will be some of the events that attendees can enjoy. Children can play a major role by participating in the Upcycling Showcase where students from various schools can display their interpretation of the event theme through creative expressions of literature, visual and performing arts and fashion. Each school will be judged on artistry and creativity. The winner will receive funds toward a school environmental project.
50 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Date: April 1-30
DC’s historic Union Station will host festivities to kick off the first annual Earth Month 2013. Union Station is a landmark which attracts more than 25 million yearly visitors from all around the world, so it’s a prime location to spread the word about global conservation and sustainability. Presented by The Earth Day Network and the Premier Tourist and Landmark Association, this month-long event will help raise awareness of the environment and offer alternative energy demonstrations, discussion panels, a farmers’ market, film festival, entertainment, contests and giveaways.