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Five great ways to celebrate International Earth Day

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Five great ways to celebrate International Earth Day

Just a few days after giving birth, I recall the first celebration of Earth Day. Much has transpired over those 44 years, and today, April 22, 2014 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. The theme of the 2014 Earth Day is Green Cities inspiring millions of people to create a sustainable, healthy environment by greening communities worldwide. Here are just some of the ways you and your grandchildren and children can celebrate Earth Day. In 2009, the United Nations changed the name of the day to Mother Earth Day. Honor your Mother Earth today by celebrating the gifts of the Earth and by replenishing those gifts.

This year’s Mother Earth Day theme is Green Cities. Over half the world’s population now lives in cities, and sometimes when living in the City, we forget how connected we are to the natural world.

Learn. Learn what makes a green city. Visit the U.N.’s website, and watch the video to learn more.

Use Green Transportation. Share a ride, or walk or bike to work today. Consider how you can be more environmentally responsible when it comes to transportation. Plan drives so that you accomplish more than one chore at a time. Learn how to use the public transportation system, and then use it to get where you need to go. . As the Lonely Planet advises, “Take your sweet time getting here by train, boat, or bicycle instead of a car or plane, and you can actually relax and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery without all the wrong turns, traffic jams, flight delays, airport security hassles, and excess carbon emissions. The hippies had it right: San Francisco isn’t just a destination, it’s a total trip.” Take a boat or a ferry, a cab or a pedicab, a trolley or a bus, and enjoy getting there as much as you can, knowing you are helping keep the planet cleaner.

Read more about the Lonely Planet and transportation in San Francisco.

Get out and join in the celebration. Get outside the City tonight, and catch a glimpse of the Lyrid Meteor Shower, midnight to dawn. Get out and attend one of the many celebrations going on today . Head across the Bay Bridge into Oakland, and celebrate at today’s Earth Day events at Lafayette Square Park in Oakland.
This week is full of celebrations and events honoring Earth Day, so make sure you put at least one of two of these events on your family’s calendar.

Today, Earth Day, Dance in celebration of Earth Day. Head over the Academy of Arts and Sciences and see the performance of the USF Dance Generators Earth Day performance, Oceans MOVE.

Take to the Waters.
Alcatraz Cruises celebrates Earth Day, today from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at
Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing
San Francisco, CA
“To celebrate Earth Day, Alcatraz Cruises, the National Park Service concessioner for transportation and ticketing for the Alcatraz Island tour, will present a full day of free and family-friendly activities. For more information, visit www.alcatrazcruises.com. Partnering with local environmental companies, Alcatraz Cruises’ Earth Day festivities are free and open to the public. Activities and featured interactive stations will include Green House Choices, Discover the Bay, and Arts & Crafts.”

Clean Up the Beaches. Next Saturday, April 26, join the Earth Day Beach Clean Up. Meet at 9:00 a.m at .Aquatic Park, San Francisco
Help keep trash out of the Bay. Aquarium of the Bay says, “we try to treat every day like Earth Day—and we need your help.”

Earth Day Festival.
Saturday, Apr 26 10:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at Washington Park in Alameda. “Come celebrate the planet with us at Alameda’s Earth Day Festival! As part of celebration, it's our goal to present simple lifestyle changes to help the environment. Enjoy free activities for kids, Earth Day games and exhibits. Learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come. Visit the Farmer’s Market stands and youth activities led by Scouts from Alameda troops. Get involved with the Earth Day Beach Clean-up – Contact Crab Cove Visitor Center at (510) 544-3187.”

Urban Garden
Urban Garden Catherine Al-Meten

Urban Garden

Learn and Act. Learn what makes a green city. Visit the U.N.’s website, and watch the video to learn more. http://www.earthday.org/greencities/learn/. Start your own garden, even if that means planting some seeds or starters in a pot and putting it on your window sill or porch. Clean up. Pick up litter. Reduce, reuse, and recycle...make the words of this motto your mantra to live by.

Day on the Bay
Day on the Bay Catherine Al-Meten

Day on the Bay

Use Green Transportation. Share a ride, or walk or bike to work today. Consider how you can be more environmentally responsible when it comes to transportation.  Plan drives so that you accomplish more than one chore at a time. Learn how to use the public transportation system, and then use it to get where you need to go. .  As the Lonely Planet advises, “Take your sweet time getting here by train, boat, or bicycle instead of a car or plane, and you can actually relax and enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery without all the wrong turns, traffic jams, flight delays, airport security hassles, and excess carbon emissions. The hippies had it right: San Francisco isn’t just a destination, it’s a total trip.” Take a boat or a ferry, a cab or a pedicab, a trolley or a bus, and enjoy getting there as much as you can, knowing you are helping keep the planet cleaner. Learn more about transportation in San Francisco on the site of the Lonely Planet.

Ferry to Sausalito
Ferry to Sausalito Catherine Al-Meten

Ferry to Sausalito

Take to the Waters.
Alcatraz Cruises celebrates Earth Day, today  from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at
Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing in San Francisco. 


To celebrate Earth Day, Alcatraz Cruises, the National Park Service concessioner for transportation and ticketing for the Alcatraz Island tour, will present a full day of free and family-friendly activities. For more information, visit the website of Alcatraz Cruises. Partnering with local environmental companies, Alcatraz Cruises’ Earth Day festivities are free and open to the public. Activities and featured interactive stations will include Green House Choices, Discover the Bay, and Arts & Crafts.”

St. Peter and Paul Church from North Beach
St. Peter and Paul Church from North Beach Catherine Al-Meten

St. Peter and Paul Church from North Beach

Today, Earth Day, Dance in celebration of Earth Day. Head over the Academy of Arts and Sciences and see the performance of the USF Dance Generators Earth Day performance, Oceans MOVE. Find out what events are happening near you, and take your family and friends along to celebrate Earth Day.

Promise of a Rainbow
Promise of a Rainbow Catherine Al-Meten

Promise of a Rainbow

Get out and join in the celebration. Get outside the City tonight, and catch a glimpse of the Lyrid Meteor Shower, midnight to dawn. Get out and attend one of the many celebrations  going on today . Head across the Bay Bridge into Oakland, and celebrate at today’s Earth Day events at Lafayette Square Park in Oaklandhttp://www.bayareaearthday.org/bayareaearthdayevents/
This week is full of celebrations and events honoring Earth Day, so make sure you put at least one of two of these events on your family’s calendar. http://events.sfgate.com/san-francisco-ca/events/earth+day.

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