April 19th, 2017
Earth Day 2017 is coming up this Saturday, April 22nd, and with all of the natural beauty surrounding Marina del Rey, it’s one day of observance we can all appreciate. Since the very first Earth Day 47 years ago, the world has changed a lot, but the basic rules for protecting our environment remain the same — stop pollution, don’t litter, keep our water and air clean, conserve resources, recycle, be mindful of wildlife. This is what it’s all about! And Saturday is the day we unite in our dedication to make all of those things a priority. Keep reading, because we’re sharing some of the awesome events going on within a few miles of the Marina to help you celebrate, plus a few ways you can honor Earth Day every day!
Pitch In & Help Keep Ballona Wetlands Beautiful
Start your Earth Day off strong by joining the Ballona Wetlands restoration and cleanup effort from 9:30 am until noon. To take part, just register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310.306.5994 — they’ll provide the gloves, tools, water and snacks. You just bring your own reusable water bottle and lots of energy! (There will also be a drawing for a free prize!)
Enjoy Free Admission at the Santa Monica Aquarium
Between 12:30 pm and 5 pm on Saturday, the Aquarium by the SM Pier will have a ton of eco-friendly activities going on, and admission is 100% FREE thanks to the Albright restaurant’s Earth Day sponsorship. Just some of the highlights will include a special Earth Day story time for kids at 2 pm, a live animal presentation, and an interactive “Who Pollutes?” presentation that offers the inside scoop on keeping our oceans healthy. Address: 1600 Ocean Front Walk
Hop on the Earth Day Paddle Board Clean Up Crew
Join the Kurmalliance Organization’s Paddle Board cleanup effort in Marina del Rey on Saturday from 12 pm to 2:30 pm. Purchase tickets here ($10 donation fee with your own board or kayak/$30 for fee plus rental) and dedicate your Earth Day to protecting sea turtles and other beautiful sea creatures from the dangers of pollution. If you’ve never paddled before, no problem — before you’re armed with a net and bucket, you’ll get a quick paddle lesson. All donations go to funding the organization’s ocean-improvement projects and are tax deductible.
Go to Manhattan Beach’s 25th Annual Earth Day Celebration
For a great family-friendly celebration, head to Manhattan Beach’s Polliwog Park for their annual Earth Day party, sponsored by the city of MB and V.O.I.C.E (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment). The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm and will have live music, games, giveaways, environmentally friendly product displays and tons of useful information. There will also be some recycling opportunities available at different booths, so remember to bring any old prescription glasses you’d like to upcycle, as well as used battery and printer toner cartridges.
WAYS TO IMPACT THE EARTH EVERY DAY
- Add more Plant-Based Meals to your weekly cooking rotation, or dine out at an amazing plant-based restaurant like Plant Food + Wine, Café Gratitude or Shojin.
- Cut down on waste and boost your garden with a compost bin. In fact, if you don’t mind the drive, you can take an LA Sanitation Department compost workshop on Saturday at the Griffith Park Composting Facility (5400 Griffith Park Dr.) at 10 am. Bring your ID and you can purchase a compost bin at a discount (only $20 each).
- Drive less! Whenever you can, walk or bike to your destination OR take good ole’ public transportation. It makes a difference.
Are you ready for Earth Day? Tell us what you’re doing on Saturday to make the most of this epic celebration!