Launched in 1970, Earth Day has grown in Canada to Earth Week and stands as an opportunity to stage events and projects to address local issues.  Here are a few ways to celebrate locally:

Plant Swap
Join the Green Streets Plant Swap on April 22 from 1-4 pm at the Tupper Greenway (500 block of East 23rd Ave).  Here you can swap and buy plants, trade or donate old gardening tools, get advice from master gardeners, partake in Earth Day activities hosted by Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School leadership students, or bring an item for the potluck snack table.  Email for more information.

Earth Day Vancouver
Join in the Earth Day festivities at Everett Crowley Park (entrance at Kerr Street and 64th Avenue) on April 21 from 11am to 4pm.  Everyone’s welcome. Volunteers can help plant 1,000 native trees.

Earth Day Parade
Join the Earth Day parade, celebration and day of learning on April 22 at 11am.  The parade will proceed north from the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain Station along Commercial Drive to Grandview Park.  Once there, enjoy funky live music, a family tent, a student art competition, hands-on activities, and special guest speakers.

Evergreens’s Green City Race
Race against the clock using public transit and your own two feet on April 21 from 11am to 2pm (awards ceremony to follow).  Your team’s physical, mental and environmental savvy will be put to the test.  Find out more or register ($40 each).

Earth Day Market
Check out the Slow Food Vancouver and Winter Farmers Market special Earth Day Market on April 21.  Here you’ll find kids activities, demonstrations and talks by Slow Food experts as well as a scavenger hunt and a ‘taste the distance’ comparison between market produce and imported produce.

(From the One Day Vancouver Online Newsletter)