This year commemorates the 46th year of Earth Day, a worldwide movement to keep our planet healthy and strong. Originally proposed to be celebrated on March 21, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, by peace activist John McConnell, Earth Day was later changed to April 22 in 1970 when United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded another Earth Day, separate from McConnell’s proposal, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for his work.
What began as a national movement in the United States eventually went international in 1990 with the help of Denis Hayes, organizing Earth Day in 141 nations that year. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 192 countries and is organized by the nonprofit Earth Day Network.
But, what is metro Detroit doing for Earth Day 2016? Here are Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Southeast Michigan!
This event is hosted by Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation and invites all residents of Grandmont Rosedale neighborhoods to come out to 16859 Stahelin Avenue (meeting point) on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m to help make the neighborhood the cleanest and brightest it can be! Tools and lunch will be provided. For more information contact Becki Kenderes at email@example.com or call (313) 387-4732.
Today, April 22, Western Market of Ferndale will be hosting their second annual Earth Day After Party from 4-8 p.m. There will be tons of food vendors local to southeast Michigan providing free samples of their food to guests of the event. Additionally, there will be live music, activities for children and organic wine sampling for adults (with proper ID).
Earth Day Fest is an annual event in downtown Rochester that brings together its community for a weekend of promoting local businesses. Plus, there’s tons of stuff for kids to do like making art from recycled materials, climbing a tower (with a safety harness and helmet, of course) and an appearance from an animated movie star! Earth Day Fest runs from April 22-24.
If you’ll be in the Farmington Hills area today, then be sure to stop by Heritage Park between 5 and 7 p.m. for their fourth annual Earth Day Celebration. Take in a free concert from Farmington’s School of Rock, a book reading from local Michigan author Lori Taylor and a food truck rally featuring the delectable tastes of Smoke Ring BBQ, Hero or Villain Van and Harvest Kettle Corn.
This free Earth Day event will be held at Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights on April 22 from 3:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Learn environmentally helpful skills by taking part in a compost demonstration or learn how to make a “seed bomb” for pollinators. If that’s not your thing, spend some time watching a nature movie or joining a group for a short hike in Friendship Woods. For more information, call (248) 585-0100 or visit destinationoakland.com.