Every year on April 22nd we celebrate Earth Day. What began as a political movement in 1970 where Americans took to the streets all across the country to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment has now turned into the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by over a billion people in over 192 countries.
What is Earth Day?
2016 marks the 46th anniversary of Earth Day and when the movement for a better, cleaner environment began. Earth Day today is a special day all about enjoying our beautiful planet and how we can take good care of it for future generations to come. To celebrate Earth Day, you can take some small steps to better our planet simply by learning more about the area in which you live and start making some commitments to address any environmental issues.
A few easy ways to celebrate Earth Day 2016 include:
- Take a walk outside and pick up litter.
- Start a recycling station in your home or office.
- Carpool or use public transportation.
- Install energy efficient light bulbs throughout your home.
- Create a garden, indoors or outdoors.
- Plant a tree.
- Recycle any e-waste: old computers, cell phones, appliances, etc.
- Invest in a solar-powered charger for your phone or laptop.
- Enjoy the great outdoors- go for a hike, nature walk, bike ride, picnic, etc.
2016 Earth Day Activities in Indianapolis
Along with the personal ways you can celebrate Earth Day outlined above, Earth Day in Indianapolis is also celebrated in a pretty big way! Earth Day Indiana hosts a festival with over 100 exhibitors who all promote environmental protection, sustainability and resource conservation.
This year, the Earth Day Indiana Festival will be held on Saturday, April 23rd at Military Park in Indianapolis. It starts all 11 o’clock in the morning and will feature lots of great music, amazing locally raised and produced foods from some of the area’s best restaurants and food trucks, and a children’s tent with tons of hands-on activities and performances.
You can also take part in the 5K run or one mile walk that day. The 5K run starts at noon from the west side of Military Park along Blackford, with the casual one mile walk starting shortly after.
If you’re looking for other ways to celebrate Earth Day in Indianapolis, consider taking a walk in one of our beautiful national parks or visit one of the many nature centers in the area. Most of these places will have specific events and Earth Day activities planned, too.
Earth Day’s importance continues today. In addition to enjoying the various events and activities throughout the area, it’s also important that we commit to promoting a better environment year-round for future generations.
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