Investing in Our Planet: Earth Day Local EventsApr 10, 2023 11:15AM ● By Kris Urquhart
This year’s Earth Day theme—Invest in Our Planet—reminds us that it is not enough to merely celebrate our ancestral home for one day. We are called upon to dedicate our time, money and talents year-round to ensure a sustaining and just world for generations to come. The motto also calls attention to the economic realities and opportunities of the climate crisis. It is no wonder that EarthDay.org, the global organizer of this annual event, decided to keep the same theme as last year, thus underscoring a continuing need to bring global economies together in harmony with the environment.
“In 2023, we must come together again in partnership for the planet. Businesses, governments and civil society are equally responsible for taking action against the climate crisis and lighting the spark to accelerate change towards a green, prosperous and equitable future. We must join together in our fight for the green revolution, and for the health of future generations. The time is now to invest in our planet,” advises EarthDay.org President Kathleen Rogers.
Surmounting the climate crisis is within reach if we all take action. The time is right for innovators to bring planet-saving ideas to market, and for consumers to stop supporting brands that are socially and environmentally irresponsible—instead, spending money with businesses that take the Earth’s future seriously.
In the voting booth, citizens have the power to elect leaders that will help build a green economy through regulations, incentives and partnerships with the private sector. We can press our congressional representatives to support clean energy jobs and move away from the doomed fossil fuel economy.
There are many ways to make a difference in our daily lives, too. We can eat sustainable foods, pick up trash while on a run, participate in beach cleanups, reduce our use of plastic, write our representative, switch to solar power, take reusable bags to the grocery store, drive an electric vehicle, compost, go pesticide-free, plant a pollinator garden, support local farmers, eat less meat, purchase secondhand clothing, use environmentally friendly cleaning products, turn off lights when not in use, take shorter showers and so much more. Learn about all of the ways to make a difference at EarthDay.org.
This year, join one of the empowering events here in the Space and Treasure Coast and meet planet-loving people that are ready to push up their sleeves, vote with their pocketbooks and dedicate their time to a healthy, equitable and prosperous future on Earth.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
Annual Garden & Earth Day Fair – 9am-2pm. This family friendly, outdoor fair promotes nature and nurturing our environment while beautifying our surroundings. A variety of vendors will be on hand showcasing garden related products, educational displays, sustainability products, refreshments and live music. Free attendance. DRS Community Center 1089 S. Patrick Dr. Satellite Beach. 321-773-6458. SatelliteBeach.org.
Earth Day – 9am-6pm. This year’s theme is “Pollinators”. This year, a variety of Brevard County local businesses and conservation groups will be on site to share the sustainable practices they use within their business. Our S.T.E.A.M. Team will be conducting experiments that are environmentally friendly, and education stations will be located on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis. Included with admission. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex 1 Space Commerce Way. Merritt Island. 855-433-4210.
Arbor Day Earth Day Celebration - 10am-1:30pm. Brevard Discovery Garden will have vendors at the event for a plant sale, there will be workshops on keystone species, pruning, composting and more. Lagoon Loyal will be hosting a rain barrel workshop where the first 30 people to register will get a free rain barrel. The City’s Public Works Department will be giving out free trees while supplies last. There will also be food trucks on site. There will also be a special fundraiser to help our Cocoa PAL program expand their community garden. Cocoa Riverfront Park. CocoaFl.gov.
Party for the Planet – 10am-3pm. Come celebrate Florida’s native plants and pollinators throughout the Zoo with games, fun activities and flower-themed enrichment for our animals! Included with general Zoo admission. The Zoo is partnering with volunteers and local growers to sell native plants during this event to help create habitats for Florida’s beautiful birds, butterflies and bees! Zoo admission. Brevard Zoo 8225 North Wickham Rd Melbourne. 321-254-9453. BrevardZoo.org.
Arbor Day & Earth Day Celebration – 9am-4pm. Community celebration of all things environmental featuring live entertainment, food, retail vendors, family-friendly activities, environmental organizations. Free. Riverview Park 600 US 1 Sebastian. For more information call 772-228-7054.
St. Lucie Earth Day Festival – 10am-5pm. Features exhibitors, vendors, and entertaining performers from the Treasure Coast sharing resources and information on sustainability, resiliency, food systems, environmental conservation, Florida heritage, and water quality. Oxbow Eco-Center 5400 NE St James Drive, Port St. Lucie. 772-785-5833. StLucieEarthDay.com.
Earth Day Seed Planting Program – 11:30am-1pm. Stop by the library to learn how to plant and take care of flowers and vegetables. Take home some seeds to begin your gardening experience. Ages 12-18. Robert Morgade Library 5851 SE Community Dr Stuart. 772-288-5702.