Ohana Day at Seal Beach Pier celebrates Earth Day with a Surfrider Foundation sponsored event each year. The location in the picture is at the mouth of a river flowing into the Pacific Ocean. This is where trash and pollutants from cities throughout Los Angeles wash in storm drains to the sea.
Earth Day is officially held on April 22, 2011, but there are many celebrations throughout the week and month to declare that Planet Earth is important. Californians are especially aware and concerned about the need for a healthy planet as radioactive materials from Japan's damaged nuclear reactors float in the atmosphere and seep into ground water, grass, and milk supplies in California towns over 5,000 miles away. It is undeniable that we are all connected, and our choices can impact the livelihood and lives of everyone, everywhere!
Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green, is the theme for celebrating the planet this year. Designed as a people-powered campaign to generate a billion acts of environmental service and advocacy, here is how you can get involved:
* Share your commitment the the environment this Earth Day - declare your Act of Green.
* Organize an Earth Day event in your community.
* Take part by attending an Earth Day event near your.
Major projects in 2011 in the Earth Day movement include The Canopy Project to help fight deforestation, Green Schools' goal of greening America's schools within a generation and athletes for the Earth, an effort to bring the voices of Olympic and professional athletes to the environmental movement.
Here are some California Earth Day celebrations:
April 16, 2011
Alameda Earth Day Celebration. Enjoy free activities for the kids, Earth Day games and exhibits and learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come.
Calistoga Earth Day Festival. Includes music, food and vendors providing information about programs.
April 15 - 17, 2011
Templeton Earth Day Food & Wine Festival. Includes delicious, locally grown cuisine and crafted wines.
Berkeley, Bakersfield, Redondo Beach, Santa Barbara, Burbank, Tipton, Tuolumne County and just about every place you can think of in California is celebrating Earth Day. Check your local community resources and begin your very own campaign by attending an event.