Earth Day 2010 – 5 Unique ways to Honor the Planet

Earth Day is April 22, 2010!  This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and there will be no shortage of celebration going on.  Most large cities across the U.S. will host their usual Earth Day festivities, jam-packed with hundreds of eco-exhibitors, activities for the kids, organic goodies, entertainment and everything else under the green umbrella.  Are you looking for something different this year…Perhaps a more meaningful and personal experience to honor our planet?  Well look no further. 

Earth Day 2007 - Andes
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Here are 5 entertaining and completely unique things you can do to celebrate Earth Day in your own fashion: 

1. Run (or walk)

Water makes up 70% of the Earth, so why not celebrate Earth Day by running in the Dow Live Earth / Run for Water on April 18, 2010.  The event will consist of a series of 6 km run/walks (the average distance many women and children walk every day to secure water) taking place over 24 hours in countries around the world, featuring concerts and water education activities. Jessica Biel, Alexandra Cousteau, Pete Wentz, and Angelique Kidjo will lend their names and their time in support of this important cause, along with elite athletes Kara Goucher, Carl Lewis, and Jenny Fletcher, who will participate in the event.  To register to run/walk in the 6 km or to host your own community event, click here.  

2. Watch

According to sources, James Cameron’s 2009 box office epic, AVATAR, will be released in Blu-ray and DVD on Earth Day!  It’s hard to ignore the deep environmental message of this movie.  The themes of ecological harmony and the balance of life portray the reality that all living things are dependent on each other. If one thing goes out of balance, the balance of nature shifts and leads to a slow destruction of the Earth. That is what we are seeing today on our precious Earth. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day, then to embark on this historic journey of visual wonder. Click here to pre-order your copy.
3. Eat & Drink

Two of my favorite things – Food & Wine! The 4th annual Earth Day Food & Wine Festival on April 16-18, 2010, is a weekend celebration at locations throughout the Central Coast. The feature event is held on Saturday afternoon at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch with over 200 purveyors of award-winning, sustainably produced food and wine. Growers, vintners, and chefs come together to serve delicious, one of a kind dishes made with locally sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, olive oils, and more. Guests will enjoy live music, barrel tastings, vineyard tours, unlimited samples of local cuisine, and much more.  In keeping with the Earth Day theme, the festival is committed to host a zero-waste event and proceeds will benefit farm worker education and sustainable agriculture research conducted by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, a 501c(3) non-profit.  
4. Dive

Calling all Divers and Water Enthusiasts: Dive for Earth Day 2010!  For ten years, Project AWARE has put the ocean on the Earth Day map by organizing local dives and providing resources which empower people to take action. Underwater environments are under numerous threats including pollution, debris, climate change, overfishing, and coral bleaching.  Dive for Earth Day is an extraordinary opportunity to get involved and help address the underwater issues that concern us most.  Thousands of dive volunteers in more then 115 countries have participated in Project AWARE’s Dive for Earth Day.  Visit the website to organize your own dive, find a dive near you, or donate to this important cause.   

5. Capture

Attention students!  Grab your camera and Snap it, Share it, Vote and Win in the Bing Earth Day Photo Contest.  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Bing is calling on students across the U.S. to show us something about the environment that inspires them.  The grand prize winner will get their winning photo showcased on the homepage!  Then they will award the first, second and third place winners in each age group with additional prizes including a trip to Seattle to meet with the Bing editorial team, HP Pavilion desktop and monitor, a full digital photo lab for their school, and Canon Rebel EOS Cameras!  Kinda makes me wish I was still in school!  

Whatever you decide to do this Earth Day, I hope it leaves you feeling inspired to take action and make our planet a better place for generations to come.  Happy Earth Day!

Author: Carlee Gerardi

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