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.
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