Earth Day serves as a day to reflect on the impact that climate change and pollution have on Mother Nature and all of us earthlings. It’s important to remind ourselves of the negative consequences our behaviors can have on the environment and to take action to ensure we’re taking care of our planet. We’ve put together a list of ten awesome events taking place around Boston this coming weekend so you can celebrate Mother Nature and show love and appreciation for our precious environment and ecosystems.
The annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers to pick up litter, remove invasive species, and assist with park maintenance along all 80 miles of the Charles River. It’s one of the biggest river cleanups in the United States by number of volunteers and pounds of trash collected! And as a result, the Charles is enjoyed by the entire city. The event runs from Friday to Saturday, and you can find out how to get involved on their website.
Join Speak for the Trees in Seaport on Earth Day to help celebrate and care for the environment. They’ll be working to individually bag 1,400 tree seedlings in preparation for their distribution in Boston during ArborWeek. Working with community partners, Speak for the Trees will distribute the seedlings to people all over Boston to plant and nurture. You’ll find this event on Seaport Common, with a rain location indoors at District Hall.
Being eco-consciousness comes in many forms. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can always shop eco-friendly! CambridgeSide is hosting an Earth Day Pop-Up Market from Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, 2022. The market will feature an array of local businesses featuring eco-friendly items.Vendors include CandleLux, Baby Cila Denim, Country Bread, Inside Out Creative, Crafts by Chelles, Good Filling and more. Located on Level 2, the market will be held on Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, and Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit their website.
Celebrate the beauty of Planet Earth and enjoy the outdoors with a guided tour of the deCordova Sculpture Park. You’ll be led by a trained guide who will focus on art in nature and the landscape. Each tour is a lively conversation about artists, their processes and materials, and deCordova’s rich history. Each group size is limited to 12 and tickets must be purchased in advance – learn more about it here.
Visit Appleton Farms on the Saturday of Earth Day weekend to help care for this delightful respite of nature in Massachusetts. From 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, you can volunteer for a number of different activities like tree planting, mulching, garden tending or planting to help make Appleton beautiful Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up. Groups are welcome and encouraged to attend. All ages and levels of skill or experience are welcome, and all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and energy!
Help keep your own (or a local) neighborhood beautiful this weekend and attend a clean-up session in Chelsea or Eastie, hosted by GreenRoots. You’ll enjoy the fresh spring air and make your town more enjoyable for everyone! To register, please email IllianaP@greenrootschelsea.org or call 617-466-3076 ext. 122.
Join the Harvard Office for Sustainability for an Earth Day Festival at the Science Center Plaza from 12 pm to 2 pm on Friday, April 22. The event will include sustainability information tables presented by Harvard students and staff, a freecycle supported by the FAS and Harvard Recycling, a bike tune up station, a safe and secure electronics recycling area, food trucks, and live entertainment by Club Passim! Learn more about the events for the day here.
Bargain hunters and thrifting lovers, this one’s for you! On Saturday, April 23rd, starting at 11a.m., Buffalo Exchange will be hosting its annual Earth Day $1 Sale at all locations after a two-year hiatus. While supplies last certain items will be only $1, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit Pollinator Partnership, a non-profit who promotes and protects the health and natural habitats of bees, butterflies, bats and other necessary pollinators. Be sure to get there early—it’s likely a line will start forming! (P.S. this sale is cash only.)
For Earth Day this year, Terra is highlighting local producers who help to protect the Earth and all its inhabitants through sustainability. Enjoy a four-course meal with dishes featuring sustainable products from Wulf’s Fish, Norwich Meadows Farm, and North Star Sheep Farm. Your ticket also comes with a pairing of natural, biodynamic, and organic Italian wines. Get tickets and additional information here.