Earth Day 2013 falls on April 22. On or around that day, there will be multiple events organized to bring awareness to the need of preserving the planet. The theme this year is “The Face of Climate Change.” Below are five events in the Los Angeles area meant to teach the local communities how to “go green” and extend the life of this gorgeous globe.
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California State Parks Foundation
448 S. Hill St., Suite 601
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Join the California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) 16th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Check the website listed above to see the parks where you could volunteer to work. You can offer your services online by RSVPing up to five people under your name. The CSPF is a non-profit organization dedicated to protect, improve and fight for California’s state parks.
Sanitation District of Los Angeles County
1955 Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 908-4288 ext. 2303
Date: April 13, 2013
This is the Los Angeles Sanitation District’s Earth Day celebration, where people of all ages will be able to enjoy music and dance performances, explore the exhibitors’ booths, tour the reclamation plant, take a train ride and do crafts related to environmental matters. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend this event that, aside from being entertaining, will be informative about the ways you can help to protect the earth. Representatives of souls4souls.org and lionsclub.org will be present, so if you have old shoes and eyeglasses you can donate, take them with you.
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
9300 Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Date: April 14, 2013
This is the Beverly Hills Public Works Department’s Earth Day celebration. The SoCal Edison Mobile Unit will be there to tell you about its rebate programs and to show you which appliances are kinder to the environment. The Mobile Earthquake Simulator will underline the importance of being prepared in case of a catastrophe and will have emergency kits and other equipment that you can purchase. Bring any disposable dry-cell batteries and printer cartridges for recycling, and take home 20-pound compost bags if you need them.
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Burbank Recycle Center
500 S. Flower St.
Burbank, CA 91502
Date: April 20, 2013
This is the Earth Day celebration organized by the City of Burbank. Offering a tour of Burbank’s recycling center, the day will include fun and interactive activities, as well as the opportunity to explore your many options to “go green.” Food trucks will be part of the event so plan to stay for lunch while you listen to live musical performances. Complimentary iced tea and coffee will be offered. Parking is limited so you are encouraged to celebrate and help Mother Earth by walking, biking, using the bus or carpooling.
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Date: April 21, 2013
Here is a great outdoor party that can be enjoyed by every member of the family and will teach everyone better ways to enjoy life while caring about the earth. The STAR Eco Station is dedicated to environmental education and exotic wildlife preservation. Every day, it teaches its visitors about the importance of taking care of the planet and about how inter-related and dependent humans are to it. On April 21, a tour of the wildlife rescue center will cost only $5.
Dena Burroughs is a freelance writer living in Azusa, CA. She is a CSULA graduate with specialties in Creative Writing and Communications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.