April 22nd is coming up and that means it’s almost time to celebrate Earth Day! The first Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970, and led to the largest single-day protest in human history. After being primarily focused on the United States, Earth Day officially became a national affair in 1990. Fast-forwarding to 2016, Earth Day marked the official signing of the Paris Agreement by the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and 120 other countries. The Paris Agreement, also referred to as the Paris Accords or the Paris Climate Accords, is an international treaty on climate change with the long-term goal to keep the rise in global temperature to well below 3.6 °F, preferably under or around 2.7 °F.
So, what can you do to celebrate Earth Day here in Spokane? Keep reading to find out how you can show the planet a little love!
Spokane Earth Day Climate March
Head to the Pavillion at Riverfront Park this Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, from 1:45pm-4:00pm to take part in the Spokane Earth Day Climate March! Once the festivities kick-off, a variety of speakers and performers will be live downtown before the crowd takes the cause to the streets. In addition to speakers and musical performances, there will be a collection of organizations present who are hard at work protecting our planet and striving for a better future. The official march will take off at 3pm and is being led by A Gathering of Species. Get ready and bring your signs downtown this Friday, April 22nd to take part in the Spokane Earth Day Climate March!
2022 YP Earth Day Hike
Strap on your favorite hiking boots and get ready for the 2022 Earth Day Hike! Join the Young Professionals on Saturday, April 23rd for a hike in the Greater Spokane Area. They’ll be meeting to hike at 8:30am on the Liberty Lake Loop Trail followed by drinks and conversation with WPC Environment Center Director Todd Myers at Trailbreaker Cider. When you embark on this journey, you’ll walk lakeshores to wetlands and bask in the beauty of towering cedars. The loop trail is 8.4 miles roundtrip with a 1,500 ft elevation gain. So, be sure to wear comfortable athletic clothes and sturdy shoes! A $2.00 entrance fee may be required at the park entrance, but attending the hike is free! Just be sure to register at this link.
Earth Day Celebration Event
Check out the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Earth Day Celebration Event happening Saturday, April 23rd from 10pm-2pm. They’ll have a load of different outdoor activities and booths on the park side of the library. In addition, the library will be hosting some socially-distanced educational presentations in the Community Room. Get ready to participate in fun Earth-centered activities, learn about the organizations that are working towards a more sustainable Couer d’Alene, and contribute your time and talents to helping out this Earth day.
The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will be bringing together a number of local environmental organizations for a fun Saturday outdoors packed full of games, giveaways, and learning. Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help to thrive! That’s why each year on April 22nd, more than a billion people celebrate Earth Day to protect the planet from things like pollution and deforestation. By taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees, you’ll be making the world a happier, healthier place to live.
Tubbs Hill Bird Field Trip
The Couer d’Alene Public Library will also be hosting the Tubbs Hill Bird Field Trip at 9am on April 23rd before their Earth Day Celebration Event. This trip will include a preview of the new birding backpacks developed by the library and CDA Audubon Society. Be up bright and early, dress for the weather, and maybe even bring some binoculars before you head on up to the East entrance of the Tubbs Hill trailhead!
Land Council’s Earth Day SpoCanopy Tree Planting
Celebrate Earth Day with The Lands Council! They’ll be partnering with the City of Spokane Urban Forestry and Park Operations team to mitigate damage from the 2021 windstorm in Spokane County. The park system lost approximately 200 trees due to the storm. Their goal for every Spokane neighborhood in Spokane is to have 40% canopy cover by 2030. Just visit this link to sign up!
They’ll be hosting another fun, family-friendly tree planting on Saturday, April 23rd at 9am. Trees will be provided but try to bring your own tools if you have them. Trees will be planted in small groups and shifts so that you can make a big difference while still staying safe. Don’t worry, it’s a large site with plenty of parking and room to spread out! Be sure to register at this link.
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