Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. It is on 22 April. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year. The first Earth Day was in 1970. Earth Day is in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a time for making a difference and cleaning the planet, And 2010 happens to mark the 40th year that it has been celebrated. Throughout the month of April (and a little bit in May) Philadelphia will host several activities to celebrate this occasion. Here is a look at some of the highlights.
Grid Magazine’s 1st Anniversary Party April 10th at Yards Tasting Room
Publisher Alex J. Mulcahy started Grid Magazine with the purpose of striving toward a more sustainable Philadelphia. The end result is a publication printed on 100% recycled paper that covers local businesses, people, and institutions that are focused on bringing a better environment to the city. And in the process it covers good food recipes, shopping suggestions, and useful tips that help you strive toward having a more sustainable home.
Grid Magazine First Anniversary Party
And, if you haven’t heard, Philadelphia’s Grid Magazine is turning one. They’re celebrating with a free party at Yards Brewing Company’s new tasting room. They’ll have local food from our friends at Mugshots, Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op and Birchrun Hills Farm. More delicious details soon. Check out publisher Alex Mulcahy’s ruminations on Grid’s first year in this month’s Editor’s Notes.
Grid Anniversary Party
On April 10, Grid will celebrate its first birthday with a party at Yards’ brand new tasting room (which was featured in the March issue).
WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 5 â€“ 8 p.m.
WHERE: Yards Tasting Room, Yards Brewing Company, 901 North Delaware Ave.
Philly Spring Clean Up 2010 on April 10th
The City of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 (rain date, Saturday, April 17, 2010). This year’s Cleanup, entitled â€œKeep Up the Sweep Up,â€ will be the start of our sustained effort to eliminate and prevent litter and illegal dumpingâ€”permanently. Submit a project of your own or volunteer to participate on one that’s already signed up. Because on this day the entire city is coming together to clean up!
2008 Philly Spring Cleanup was recognized by Keep America Beautiful as the largest single day, citywide Cleanup on record in the United States
Over 21,000 volunteers participated over the past two years
Volunteers have collected over 3.25 million pounds of trash
Over 275 project sites
Over 100 beautification projects
Generated 48,010 pounds of recycling
4,807 recycling bins distributed
2300 tires removed
184 automobiles removed
Over 4,100 blocks cleaned
40 recreation centers cleaned
42 park sites cleaned
71 commercial corridors cleaned
Philly Spring Clean Up
Earth Day Festival 2010 April 17th and 18th at Academy of Natural Sciences
Meet the Academy’s Environmental Scientists
The Academy of Natural Sciences will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a weekend of activities aimed at helping people better understand their environment, what they can do to protect it, and how to get involved.
Check out our electrofishing boat. Learn how scientist use this boat and electorshocking to collect fish. Try on a backpack shocker.
(outside, in front of the Academy’s parkway entrance)
The Lorax (Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm)
Watch this Dr.Seuss classic as performed by the College Settlement Outdoor School. (in the Auditorium)
The Doctor Is In
Have an Earth Day question? Ask one of our environmental scientists.
(next to Butterflies!, 11 am to 3 pm)
Testing for Toxins
Try your hand at some Academy chemistry and discover how fish, crabs, and sediments are tested for toxins. (in North American Hall)
Meet local groups committed to the environment, including Alaska Wilderness League, Bartram’s Garden, Camden Children’s Garden, City Compost, Companion Pets, Leave No Trace, Philadelphia Water Department, Philly Recycling, Riverbend Environmental Education Center, and Schuykill River Environmental Center (times for particular groups may vary). (in the Commons on the Ground Floor)
Bat Lady (Sunday at 12 noon)
Go batty with Brenda Malinics from the Schulykill Center for Environmental Education. Learn about the mysteries and benefits of bats, examine bat models and skeletons, and see a basket of food made possible by these creatures of the night.
(in Dinosaur Classroom)
Bucket O’ Cores
Dig your own sediment core and learn how to read the history of pollution and climate change that’s written in the mud from a salt marsh. (in North American Hall)
Use a laser level to accurately measure tiny changes in elevation.
(in Bird Classroom, next to Outside In)
Tools of the Trade
Check out field equipment used by our environmental scientists.
(in North American Hall)
Play games and learn how you can help keep habitats healthy including the one in your own backyard! (in Outside In)
Plants in Glass Houses
Peer into microscopes to check out soft algae and diatoms from local waterways and across the country. Win a prize by guessing how many diatoms are in the jar. (in Art of Science)
The Life Aquatic
Watch live caddisflies building their portable cases out of beads, use a computer model to test how temperature changes impact the life cycle of dobsonflies, and test how black fly larvae behave in flowing water.
(in Bird Classroom, next to Outside In)
Recycling Relay Race (every hour and half-hour)
How fast can you put all the recyclables in the right place?
(in Serengeti Classroom, Africa Hall)
Earth Day Crafts
Make an Earth-friendly craft to take home by using recycled material.
(next to the Panda on the Second Floor)
Global Warming Simulator
See how carbon dioxide can lead to rising temperatures.
(in North American Hall)
Arctic Refuge (Saturday at 12 noon)
Watch video showcasing some of the animals of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including caribou, Dall sheep, grizzly bears, musk oxen, polar bears, snowy owl, tundra swan, and wolves. Stay afterward to have your questions answered by Monica Sherer of the Alaska Wilderness League. (in Dinosaur Classroom)
Shiners and More
Check out a some live bridal shiners, an endangered fish in Pennsylvania. Age a fish by examining its otolith (ear bone). Guess how many (preserved) fishes there are in a jar.
(at the Science Live Station in front of the Auditorium)
Meet the invasiveâ€”and infamousâ€”snakehead fish.
(at the Science Live Station in front of the Auditorium)
Academy of Natural Sciences
Earth Day Festival and Flea Market April 17th at Clark Park
We are happy to announce the sixth season of the Uhuru Flea Markets in Clark Park, which runs from April to October! We are excited about this new season! We want to thank all our vendors, friends and supporters who helped us to win the victory of having another year with seven markets at Clark Park!
We are kicking off the 2010 season with the Second Annual Earth Day Festival and Flea Market on Saturday, April 17th.
This will include extra activities, workshops, music and speakers and many community and campus sustainable green organizations will be represented. There will be extra publicity and we should expect a higher attendance.
Clark Park Earth Day Fest and Flea Market
Earth Day Concert April 17th at Bellevue State Park
Come out to Bellevue on Saturday afternoon of Earth Day weekend and enjoy a concert at the outdoor band shell. This year the concert will feature The Grey Street Band, a Dave Matthews tribute band. Our 2009 Earth Day Poster Contest winners will be announced during intermission. Bring your chairs or blanket and a picnic lunch, and be sure to bring the entire family! For more information on the Grey Street Band, visit www.thegreystreetband.com. There is no fee for the concert, but park entrance fees are in effect.
Earth Day Concert on Philly Fun Guide
Earth Day Film Festival April 22nd at Bryn Mawr Film Institute
In celebration of Earth Day, Bryn Mawr Film Institute is proudly partnering with Whole Foods Market on a day of interesting and informative films devoted to the crucial topic of the future of food. From the kid-friendly documentary What’s On Your Plate?, to the environmentally themed classic science fiction film Silent Running, the Earth Day Film Festival offers a wide range of fare aimed at raising awareness of these increasingly weighty issues.
See just one of these important films, or buy a day pass to see all five. Day passes are $25.00 for the general public and $20.00 for BMFI members. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Food Trust.
Thursday, April 22, Noon
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?
2009 â€“ USA â€“ 1 hr 32 min â€“ d. Catherine Gund
Filmed over the course of a year, this clever documentary follows two eleven-year-old inner-city girls as they explore the origin of food. Sadie and Safiyah educate themselves and viewers as they gain knowledge and form opinions on metropolitan sustenance.
Thursday, April 22, 2:30
2009 â€“ USA â€“ d. Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsey
An enlightening documentary, Tapped scrutinizes the role of the bottled water industry and the drastic results of its contamination on the environment and direct effects on our personal well being.
Thursday, April 22, 5:00
END OF THE LINE
2009 â€“ USA â€“ 1 hr 25 min â€“ d. Rupert Murray
Filmed over two years, this eye-opening documentary follows reporter Charles Clover as he investigates the devastating global consequences of overfishing our oceans. Predicting the end of seafood by 2048, this film is a wake-up call to the world.
Thursday, April 22, 7:00
NO IMPACT MAN
2009 â€“ USA â€“ 1 hr 33 min â€“ d. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein
This socially conscious documentary follows the efforts of a Manhattan-based family as they attempt to curb their high energy consumption lifestyle and live one year making as little environmental impact as humanly possible.
Thursday, April 22, 9:15
1972 â€“ USA â€“ 1 hr 29 min â€“ d. Douglas Trumbull
Bruce Dern stars as a loner crew member of a spaceship carrying the last of the Earth’s natural resources who rebels after being ordered to jettison his precious cargo. This sci-fi classic was co-written by Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter).
Bryn Mawr Film Institute Events
Earth Day Celebration April 22nd at National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by helping visitors find out more about the local community and how they can play a part in helping it â€œgo green.â€ Community organizations will talk to visitors about their water, soil, and home environment, and will share tips on how to beautify the community and reduce carbon footprints. Visitors can also register to vote on site, to ensure that environmental concerns are heard on all levels, both locally and nationally.
National Constitution Center
Earth Day Celebration at The Franklin Institute
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at The Franklin Institute
CLIMATE CHANGE: ITS IMPACT…OUR ACTION
A discussion of future public policy
April 22, 2010
7:00PM – Franklin theater
Cost: $10, Members: $7 Space is Limited, Call 215-448-1254 to register.
Scientists all agree that climate change is a reality. What can be done to stabilized the rate of climate change? How can we change models for living in the Greater Philadelphia region with a smaller carbon footprint? In this lively discussion and debate, learn more about the science behind climate change as well as the range of innovative policy solutions related to building practices, water usage, food distribution and energy production and distribution. Mark Alan Hughes, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania.s School of Design and former Chief Policy Adviser to the Mayor Nutter, will moderate the discussion.
Keith Dixon – Climate Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Brian Phillips – Founder, Interface Studio Architects LLC
Howard Neukrug – Director of the Office of Watersheds, Philadelphia Water Department
Audrey Zibelman – President and CEO, Viridity Energy Services
Yael Lehmann – Executive Director, The Food Trust
Franklin Institute Events
EPA Earth Day Celebration at April 22nd – 24th at The Philadelphia Zoo
Free With Zoo Admission
Join the Philadelphia Zoo and the EPA as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Visit the History Exhibit to see the winning entries in the EPA’s Earth Day poster contest, stop by and visit with environmental organizations and learn what you can do to save the planet.
The Philadelphia Zoo