Earth Day has grown a lot over the years. The annual celebration is now worldwide and a day of environmental action.
According to the Independent, this is the 48th year of Earth Day and now more than one billion people celebrate it. Approximately 192 countries come together to work towards a common goal of making improvements for future generations.
Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22 and, again this year, Nashville and Middle Tennessee are getting involved. In the past we’ve had a string of Earth Day celebrations canceled because of weather and this year, rain is again in the forecast. Because of that, many Earth Day events are happening today.
Here are some of the 2018 Earth Day events happening right here in Music City on Saturday and Sunday.
Earth Day Festival
This year’s Earth Day Festival happens at Centennial Park from 11 AM to 6 PM on Saturday. It’s free, family-friendly and has lots of live entertainment. There are booths set up with organizations like American Water Resources, Cumberland Green Bioregional Council and even the Grilled Cheeserie. There’s a full list of companies participating, and a map, here.
The 2018 Spring Clean is an opportunity for you to get involved in your local community. Under this activity, you can organize a local spring clean for your neighborhood, subdivision or street. Register your clean up here and get access to free resources like gloves, bags and more.
Goodwill’s Earth Day Sale
Even Goodwill is participating in Earth Day this year! After all, they help the environment daily by having people donate their used goods instead of throwing them out. To celebrate the Earth, they’re having a half-off sale at their stores. Find out more here.
Earth Day 5K and 10K
Celebrate the Earth during this virtual race on Sunday. Participants will get a stained glass Earth medal and a portion of proceeds goes to Wild Earth Allies. Find out more about this virtual race here.
Adventure Science Center Celebration
Today, the Adventure Science Center is hosting a day for kids to learn all about Mother Earth. The celebration runs through 3 PM and includes a recycle relay, science demonstrations and more. All the details are on their website.
Murfreesboro’s Earth Day Celebration
Murfreesboro’s celebration is also on Saturday on Murfreesboro’s historic square. The event is free to the public and includes refreshments, children’s activities and live entertainment.