Posted April 21, 2015 by Gabriel Posternak

Where can you celebrate Earth Day in California?

Earth Day is finally here! And as we talked about yesterday, it’s the perfect day to start taking action for a change for better. There are lots of events all over the country and throughout the world, so you should put down your phone or get up from the computer and go find one you like to show how much you care for the environment. You still have time to do it! And to make it easier for you, here are a few alternatives you might enjoy if you’re in California.

Los Angeles

Grand Park, The Music Center and DWP are now blooming with people with a love for our planet. There are lots of activities you can do there. You can drop your e-waste, learn about energy efficiency, make some compost, check some sweet electric vehicles and even enjoy a tasty ice cream, courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s! There’s also a tree giveaway, so you can take one to your home!

WHEN: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Grand Park, The Music Center and DWP, 200 North Grand Avenue

Can’t make it today? Then save some time up for Saturday, since you’ll be able to celebrate Earth Day then, albeit a little bit late. Activities will take place in Polliwog Park and will include the presentation of electric and hybrid vehicles, rock wall climbing, live music and an eco-challenge contest with lots of prizes. There’ll also be ecological and food vendors for you to enjoy.

WHEN: April 25, 2015 from 11am to 3pm

WHERE: Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach

San Diego

The University of California is celebrating Earth Day all week long and today is the center of it. That’s why they organized a neat festival at Price Center Plaza with all kinds of activities. These include presentations from the Wildcoast, the Staff Sustainability Network, Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Tobacco Initiative. Additionally, the Geisel Library and Seuss Room are holding a DIY Makers Day, with all sorts of ideas for making eco-friendly products and reusing consumables.

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Price Center Plaza, Geisel Library, Seuss Room, UCSD

Want a weekend alternative? The first annual Earth Day on the Bay will surely be worth checking out. The Maritime Museum of San Diego will open on the 26th with two centerpiece exhibits: Fragile Waters and Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, an impressive way to learn about watersheds that’s perfect for children. There will also be bay cruises and sailing adventures with naturalists to learn more.

WHEN: April 26, 2015 from 10am-4pm

WHERE: Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 North Harbor Drive

Bay Area

Though San Francisco had most the biggest Earth Day events last weekend, there are still things to do there – and throughout the Bay Area. And probably the most interesting event you can find today is in Oakland, Teecom’s Annual Earth Day. The idea is simple but is the perfect opportunity to put the talk behind and spring into action: cleaning and revitalizing Lafayette Square Park along with all the Oakland Neighbors.

WHEN: 9:00AM – 4:00PM

WHERE: Lafayette Square Park, 635 11th St

Perhaps you want to use Earth Day to learn more. Are you a film buff? Then you can go to the San Francisco Public Library and check the screenings of one of the three films about the environment that have been playing this week. If you go tomorrow, you’ll be able to check Speciesism, The Movie, about factory farms where animals used for food are raised. It will be followed by discussion with David Smugar, animal rights advocate and a representative from the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.

WHEN: April 23, 5:45 – 7:45pm

WHERE: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St.

These are but a few of the available options. It doesn’t matter which one you pick, as long as you go outside and celebrate this day in the way is meant to be celebrated. Now, go and stand up for a healthier planet!

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