National Earth Day, April 22
National Earth Day was founded in 1970, first celebrated by colleges and universities across the U.S. Today, it is celebrated in over 190 countries across the world. The goal of Earth Day is to bring awareness to human behaviours that are harmful to the Earth, and bring forth policy changes that benefit the health of our beautiful blue planet.
6 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Nashville, TN!
- Come out to the Saturday April 21 Nashville Earth Day Festival! Every year, thousands of Nashvillians come out to Centennial Park to enjoy performances, make crafts, and enjoy food trucks. Over a hundred family-friendly booths are on display from community groups and environmental organizations.
- Choose a veggie burger. Livestock farming leaves a huge carbon footprint on our Earth. Surprisingly, 18% of human produced greenhouse gas emissions come from beef farming. That is more than all forms of transportation put together!
- Borrow, don’t buy! Our city is lucky enough to have an amazing library system. Borrowing books, videos, and music from the library cuts down the use of depletable resources like paper!
- Ice, ice, baby. Whenever possible, wash your clothes in cold water. Around 80-90% of energy used to machine-washed clothes is in heating the water. Also, try using a clothesline or drying rack instead of a dishwasher!
- Bike to work! Biking saves gas, and also helps your heart! Nashville B-cycle offers bikes around the city, with over 30 stations!
- Join Mr. Bond's Science Guys April 14 at Shelby Bottom Nature for Science Spectacular 2018!