Plan Your 2021 Earth Day
There are activities throughout the month of April
Fifty-one years ago, the United States participated in the first Earth Day, an event which ultimately resulted in the creation of the EPA. Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act. Honoring Earth Day gives us the opportunity to reengage with our sustainability goals as individuals and as a community.
Every year, the Earth Day Network sets a theme to help direct engagement. This year’s theme is “Restore Our Earth,” a theme that helps focus our attention on conservation, restoration, and building sustainable and equitable communities long-term.
Even the smallest actions like recycling or walking instead of driving can have a big impact.
This year, Salt Lake City kicked off April by helping residents exchange their two-stroke gas-powered lawn mowers for electric mowers. Replacing 1,000 mowers will make a big impact on cleaning our air and improving public health.
As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Salt Lake City organizations have rallied to fill our Earth Day calendar with plenty of fun and safe things to do. Scroll down to find out more about the upcoming Earth Day events!
Get Outside for Earth Day
If you’re the kind of person who wants to get in the dirt on Earth Day, you’re in luck. There are several opportunities this month to get outside and help the planet!
- Volunteer with Salt Lake City’s Public Lands Division: Volunteer as an individual or with a group and help care for Salt Lake City’s parks and trails!
- Plant a Tree with TreeUtah: With events coming up on April 15, 19, and 21, you can help add to Salt Lake City’s urban forest.
- Earth Day Placemaking Event in Poplar Grove Park and 9th South River Park: On April 24 from 10am-2pm, join the Westside Studio, University of Utah, and the SLC Public Lands Division for family friendly activities.
- Earth Day River Clean Up with Saving Oceans: Help clean up a portion of the Jordan River on April 24 at 10am.
- Earth Day at the Utah State Capitol: Stand with youth leaders from Fridays for Future Utah, Sunrise SLC, and other youth-led organizations on April 22 from 2pm-5pm.
Earth Day from Home
If you’re unable to attend in-person Earth Day events, don’t worry! You can celebrate Earth Day from home with these virtual events!
- Tune in to Sierra Club’s Where We Go from Here: Community Conversations with Utah Leaders: Learn more about how you can Act on Climate for Earth Day via Zoom on April 22 from 6-7pm.
- “Inspire. Empower. Action” A Climate Change Film Tour with Salt Lake Film Society: Enjoy an Earth Day themed movie night with Salt Lake Film Socity. Tickets on sale April 14th.
- Earth Day Network’s Three Days of Climate Action: Be part of the global movement and participate in 3 Days of Climate Action!
Earth Day Every Day
We love Earth Day so much and we’re thrilled to see that many organizations are turning Earth Day into a full week – or even month of activities!
- Celebrate Earth Week at the University of Utah: Join campus leaders, students, and community members for events all week, April 12-16.
- Take the Earth Month Challenge: Take Earth-friendly actions all month to get discounts at Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center
Don’t Forget to Party!
Earth Day is a time to act on critical issues that threaten our environment. But it is also a time to celebrate our planet and connect with our communities. This year, you can Party for the Planet twice. Hogle Zoo’s Party for the Planet is coming up on April 17. Visit the animals and learn from community organizations, including SLCgreen’s very own Waste & Recycling education team. Then, visit the Party for the Planet at Tracy Aviary for scavenger hunts, bird talks, and other activities between April 22-24!
Happy Earth Day from SLCgreen!