Did you know… that the very first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States on April 22, 1970?
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated every year on April 22. It marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement which started in 1970. The goal of Earth Day is to show our support for environmental protection.
According to the Earth Day Network, 1 billion people participate in Earth Day festivities each year in 192 countries.
In a study conducted by the Journal of Science, scientists estimate that 8.8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year, threatening over 700 species of marine animals. (Source: National Geographic)
Here’s some idea on how to Celebrate Earth Day From Home
- Plant a garden in your backyard or start a plant collection
- Take a walk and enjoy the beauty of Mother Earth
- Donate. Pick a charity of your choice that protects the planet and promotes conservation and donate!
Here are some Ventura County Earth Day events for April 22, 2022
The city of Moorpark and several corporate sponsors are coordinating a community yard sale. Yard sales are a great way to promote reuse and avoid waste, and on Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., in parking lot D of Arroyo Vista Community Park (4550 Tierra Rejada Road), according to the city’s promotional material, “We’ll celebrate our beautiful Earth with a community yard sale, crafts, demonstrations, giveaways, and more!”
Until April 23, sellers may reserve booth space the size of two adjacent parking spaces for $15 and double-booth spaces for $25 through the city’s website for the event. Parking for the event will be available in lot C. For more information contact the city’s Recreation Division at 805-517-6300.
Earth Day Milkweed and Monarch Habitat Restoration Event. Sat, Apr 23, 9:00 AM. Potrero Road & Erinlea Avenue, Newbury Park, CA. This is a free event.
On Earth Day, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. in Ojai’s Libbey Park, the Ojai Land Conservancy and the Ojai Valley Green Coalition will host a ceremonial tree planting. Representatives from the organizations will promote volunteer opportunities ranging from public outreach to habitat restoration. For more information, contact Assistant Public Works Director Alma Quezada at 805-646-5581 x 209.
The city of Oxnard is celebrating Earth Day this month by conducting an outreach campaign promoting the free motor oil recycling kits, free deskside recycling boxes, and free bags of Agromin compost available year-round at the city’s Del Norte Regional Recycling and Transfer Station. The first two items are available to Oxnard residents only, and one compost bag per day is offered to anyone using the buyback center.
Clean up Port Hueneme Beach and celebrate with Mayor Steven Gama and the Coastal Keepers. On Saturday April 24th, Steven Gama will be hosting his usual REACH Beach cleanups at the Alaska Flight 263 Memorial from 8-11am. Coastal Keepers will be joining this effort and will share more details soon! For more information, check out the Coastal Keepers Instagram Page or reach out to Steven Gama on Facebook
The city of Thousand Oaks invites participation in a Climate and Environmental Action Plan stakeholder meeting via Zoom on April 28. Stakeholders will discuss water, solid waste, recycling, and quality of life issues. Register at www.toaks.org/departments/public-works/sustainability/climate-action-planning. Additionally, the city’s annual Earth Day proclamation this year will focus on the climate action plan.
Pacific View Mall is hosting a Earth Day event with lots of fun, education and giveaways!
Vendors scheduled to participate:
- City of Ventura Environmental Services: will have giveaways including reusable items, coloring books, and pencils as well as activities for all ages to test your knowledge about waste, recycling, and sustainability.
- E. J. Harrison & Sons
- Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance: will invite EV owners the EV Advocates of Ventura group to exhibit their cars and be on hand to answer the public’s questions about going electric. The EV show will be complemented with two educational booth that will act as a hub for EV-related resources and education. To make the booth more interactive, event volunteers will play games with visitors like “Spin the Wheel”, encouraging participants to answer an EV question to spin a brightly colored wheel and win a prize. Prizes will include pizza coupons, VCREA sustainable swag products, eco-stationary, gift cards, and more.
Other Ventura County events this month
Statewide Earth/Dump Day – Saturday, April 23
9:00am – 2:00pm Moorpark Maintenance Yard
626 Fitch Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021
Earthstock Expo: Earth Day 52nd Anniversary Celebration
Earth Day Tour of the Ventura County Government Center
Register at https://www.formlets.com/forms/rQFiWRFsUgGpPIkA/
Virtual Event: Electric Vehicle Movie Night
April 1 – 29 – To celebrate Drive Electric Earth Day, VCREA will be sending a curated list of electric-vehicle (EV) related documentaries, movies, and virtual Ride and Drives to you every Friday through the month of April. https://driveelectricearthday.org/event?eventid=3176
Electric car promotion
The Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance and the Electric Vehicle Advocates of Ventura County are organizing an Earth Day promotion of electric cars. It is likely to be an online contest involving their newly revised Evie McWheelie mascot. More information will be available at VCenergy.org.
Watershed Brigade litter cleanup
Clean litter from Trails and Turnouts over the weekend of April 24-25. The Watershed Brigade’s goal is to clean trails and turnouts throughout Santa Barbara, Ojai, and Ventura. For this dispersed clean-up, volunteers will head out independently to different trailheads and front country parking areas along the South Coast to remove trash! Sign up for an area here https://www.sbck.org/brigade/watershed-brigade-event/