Picking up trash. Planting trees. Marching for evidence-based policies. These are are all ways you can celebrate Earth Day, which lands on Saturday, April 22. We've rounded up eight ways to get involved. As an added eco bonus, ride BART to these events. You'll save gas, cut down on CO2 emissions and help decrease the Bay Area's carbon footprint.
Earth Day SF
Saturday, April 22, 10am to 8pm at San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, near Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station.
This is San Francisco’s official Earth Day celebration, and festival organizers say it will be the most educational, impactive and festive event to date. The festival will include speakers, panel discussions, solar-driven stages featuring live entertainment, eco fashion shows and organic celebrity chef cook-offs. Other popular attractions include the electric vehicle showcase, kids zone and “Planet Dance DJ stage.” Earth Day SF has also partnered with the March for Science for this year’s event.
March for Science
Saturday, April 22, 11am rally at Justin Herman Plaza, near Embarcadero BART Station.
The San Francisco March for Science is a sister march for the one being held in Washington, D.C. A rally with guest speakers will begin at 11am at Justin Herman Plaza by Embarcadero BART Station. After the rally, marchers will make their way down Market Street to Civic Center Plaza, ending at the Earth Day SF.
Oakland Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, at various locations around the city.
This is Oakland’s largest volunteer event. Community organizers and volunteers will be at one 90-plus activity sites to make Oakland clean and green. Choose from a variety of activities, including picking up trash, removing graffiti, weeding, planting and restoring habitats. All tools are provided, and most projects last from 9am to 1pm. For a complete list of clean-up sites, visit here.
East Bay Climate Expo
Friday, April 21, 6:30 to 9:30pm at the David Brower Center, near Downtown Berkeley BART Station.
This event is happening the day before Earth Day, but still worth noting. The East Bay Climate Action Expo will host a screening of the film “Before the Flood” at 7pm (Note: As of April 19, the film is sold out. You can still attend the Expo). Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, the documentary explores the threat of climate change and its impact on the environment. The event is free, but RSVP is required.
Clean-Up Castro Valley
Saturday, April 29, 9am to noon, near Castro Valley BART Station.
Volunteer at one of five clean-up sites to beautify Castro Valley. Clean-up Site D (litter removal along Castro Valley Boulevard) is just a 6-minute walk from Castro Valley BART. Help pick up litter, assist with planting, weeding and the removal of invasive species. Materials and a light breakfast will be provided. Please note, this event takes place the week after Earth Day.
El Cerrito Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, at various locations in the city of El Cerrito.
Help clean-up El Cerrito as this annual Earth Day celebration. Spruce up landscaping, remove litter, plant trees, distribute literature about smoke-free business policies and care for the environment. Check the City of El Cerrito’s website for information about the different volunteer sites.
Fremont Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 11am to 3pm at Washington Hospital, near Fremont BART Station.
This family-friendly event aims to get the entire family involved. Learn about composting, recycling, local programs, healthy eating, alternative transportation and more. There will be a bike rodeo for children, plus arts and crafts, eco games and face painting.
Earth Day Festival in Lafayette
Sunday, April 23, 11am to 3pm at Lafayette Library and Learning Center, near Lafayette BART Station.
Join Sustainable Lafayette for a family-friendly Earth Day celebration. Activities include arts and crafts with recycled materials, learning about sustainable home techniques, bicycle safety lessons and a guided creek walk.