Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd in San Francisco and there are a number of things you can get involved in locally to celebrate Earth Day and help out (click the link at the bottom for a complete list). By way of background, Earth Day started as a relatively small scale environmental movement in 1970 and has since expanded to reach almost every country on earth, attracting around a billion participants per year. This year on April 22 and beyond, people around the globe will be taking part in events designed to support sustainability, help the environment and promote green living. Earth Day Network leads its network in thousands of Earth Day events and actions worldwide each year. To catalyze global environmental activism, Earth Day Network has chosen A Billion Acts of Green® as the theme for Earth Day 2011. At over 40 million actions to date, A Billion Acts of Green®–the largest environmental service campaign in the world–inspires and rewards simple individual acts and larger organizational initiatives that further the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability. The goal is to register one billion actions in advance of the global Earth Summit in Rio in 2012.
Also, some great Earth Day freebies:
Caribou Coffee is offering FREE coffee of the day on Earth Day, Friday April 22, to guests that bring in reusable drinkware !
Free coffee at Whole Foods you bring in your reusable mug.
Lowe’s, in partnership with American Forest, is giving away a million free trees nationwide on Saturday, April 23. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Free baseball cap at any Disney Store when you bring in 6 bottles or cans to recycle.
To celebrate Earth Day, participating Starbucks locations are encouraging everyone to go green. If you bring in your own travel mug, you’ll get a free coffee!
Free music download of Planet Earth at iTunes.