Earth Day comes with a twist this year, but the meaning stays the same.
As we celebrate Earth Week this year, there are some ways we know it feels different. Like everything else, the 50th annual Earth day is going remote. Even as “official” celebrations have been cancelled or postponed, more people than ever are, exploring nature, trying out creative skills like poetry and photography. Just like the planet, we’re not giving up. You can still celebrate the planet and the little patch of earth you live on and explore.
What you can do:
Bring a trash bag - While more people than ever are hiking, biking, and exploring local trails, more trash is being left behind. Next time you’re feeling restless and want to go out for a hike, bring a trash bag. Make sure to only leave footprints when you’re done exploring, and help protect our open space by keeping it clean for everyone.
Start a compost at home - we’ve all been trained to recycle, but it’s more important to reduce and reuse. Most food waste like coffee grounds, egg shells, and vegetation can be turned into compost to help the community rather than sit in our landfills.
Plant native species - why not see how green your thumb is this Earth day. Here’s a listof native species that you can try to grow here in Concord!
Make every day Earth Day - Don’t let Earth Day be the only day you think about the planet. On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthier environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. That was the start of Earth Day, but giving gratitude and respect to our Earth one day a year should not be the message of Earth Day. It has seemed at times that is how some people approach it, with devastating consequences.
Earth Day History:
Not only is it the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this is the 50th year Contra Costa County celebrated Earth Day. The fervor that resulted from the first Earth Day sparked environmental action right here in Contra Costa County.
By the ‘60s, Contra Costa County had grown to a population of 409,030, which was 330,000 more people than in 1930! Concord especially skyrocketed, going from 1,373 residents in 1940 to 36,208, eventually becoming the county’s largest city by the ‘70s.
Contra Costa Earth Day festival (1999) The Mount Diablo Surveyors Historical Society was invited to join in the 29th year celebration of Earth Day at the Concord Pavilion. Approximately 35,000 attendees.
On Saturday, April 24, 2010 Contra Costa residents saw County Connection’s first hybrid electric busses in Concord!
Save Mount Diablo, Mount Diablo Resource Recovery, and Cal State East Bay Enter Conservation Collaboration Agreement for Earth Day 2017
Contra Costa and Concord residents have been fighting for our environment for years-- Protecting our beautiful open spaces including Shell Ridge and other areas in Concord from development proposals.
Just because this year Earth Week events are going remote, doesn't make this day of activism and education any less important! Check out our Calendar for other earth week plans!