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Celebrate Earth Day!

April 16, 2012

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22nd in 1970, the first Earth Day rally was such a phenomenal success that it resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of several environmental protection acts. Since then a number of environmental advocacy groups have emerged, including the Friends of the Public Garden, and Earth Day has become an annual event that has continued to foster greater environmental awareness.

If you’re interested in doing something green this weekend, Boston has plenty to offer, including a Picnic for the Planet happening on the Boston Common this Sunday. Check out any of these great events (events list courtesy of Boston.com):

April 19-22: Extreme Earth Week

It’s school vacation week for the kids — why not try to sneak a little learning at the EcoTarium? The theme is natural disasters and hands-on activities include building and testing earthquake-proof structures and making model volcanoes.

$12, $8 ages 2-18. EcoTarium, 22 Harrington Way, Worcester. 508-929-2700, ecotarium.org

April 20: ‘Truck Farm’ screening

According to the website, “Truck Farm” is more than just a musical documentary.

It’s “a wicked film and food project: a mobile community farm, a documentary about urban agriculture, and — a public art and education project.” Sounds like you should see it for yourself — even if it’s just on film.

Free. 8 p.m. MIT Building 35, Room 225, Cambridge. mit.edu

April 21: Proxy’s gala and fashion show

Ethical fashion company Proxy is throwing a “fair trade birthday party for the planet,” according to its website.

Sip organic wine and munch on cake while models strut down the runway, debuting the spring collection — the Peacock Collection is “inspired by a brilliant, vibrant color scheme and emphasis on feathers,” says founder Heatherjean MacNeil.

Free. RSVP required. 5-9 p.m. Mass Challenge, 14th floor, 55 Northern Ave., Boston. proxyapparel.com

April 21: Sustainable seafood event at BU

Many people rely on fish for protein. Listen to a panel discuss sustainability and watch director Rupert Murray’s documentary “The End of the Line,” which explores overfishing.

Free. 6 p.m. George Sherman Union at Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. bu.edu

April 22: 92.5 The River Earth Day concert

Boston’s solar powered radio station 92.5 invites you to spend an afternoon in the sunshine (let’s hope) at the Earth Day Concert.

The Bodeans — of “Closer to Free” fame — will headline. Men at Work singer Colin Hay and jam band Entrain are also on the bill.

Free. 12-3 p.m. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston, wxrv.com

April 22: Picnic for the Planet

The Nature Conservancy invites you to join a local Earth Day picnic, wherever you are, as a way of getting out and enjoying nature. You can also start your own.

Find tips and ideas, like a playlist and recipes, on the website.

Read more about it on the Globe’s Green Blog

Boston picnic: 12-2 p.m. Boston Common.

April 23: Trash to treasure challenge

Wait! Could you make something from that trash? At Artbeat, you can turn an old CD into a working clock.

Or: Stop by on April 22 to decorate a plastic bottle with “stained glass” tissue paper and transform it into a vase for free.

Clock craft: $12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 212A Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-646-2200, artbeatonline.com

April 23: Garden in the Woods

Parents might want to take the guided tour and learn about their surroundings, while kids can embark on scavenger hunts or get their faces painted — there’s something for everyone. Admission and parking are free.

Botanical Garden / Arboretum, 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham. 508-877-7630, newenglandwild.org

April 30: Greening the City Saturday

Prolong the Earth Day magic: On April 30, pick one of several Somerville locations and lend a hand at the annual spring cleanup.

Wear your new shirt, designed by Somerville High School junior Krystal Elderd, to the post clean-up SomerGreen Festival and Barbecue.

Free. Rain date: May 1. BBQ at DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse: 32 Shore Dr., 617-625-6600, somervillema.gov

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  1. April 16, 2012 11:57 am

    Please note that the “Violins for the Planet” concert you list was in fact last year. There is a “Playing For The Planet” event coming up, but it’s not on Earth Day — it’s on May 19. Link to “World Flutes Against Climate Change”:

    http://www.warrensenders.com/journal/?page_id=4545

    Thanks for your attention and support.

    • April 20, 2012 7:22 pm

      Our apologies. Unfortunately we can’t include the event in our blog post anymore since it is not in April. But thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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