8 ways to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day SF

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. 

1. Earth Day SF

355 McAllister St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Nearest BART Station: 
Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF)
Walking time: 
5 minutes

2. March for Science

Justin Herman Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94105
Nearest BART Station: 
Embarcadero (SF)
Walking time: 
2 minutes

3. Oakland Earth Day

Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Nearest BART Station: 
12th St. Oakland City Center
Walking time: 
2-15 minutes

4. East Bay Climate Expo

2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Nearest BART Station: 
Downtown Berkeley
Walking time: 
3 minutes

5. Clean-Up Castro Valley

20980 Redwood Rd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Nearest BART Station: 
Castro Valley
Walking time: 
6 minutes

6. El Cerrito Earth Day

El Cerrito
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Nearest BART Station: 
El Cerrito del Norte
Walking time: 
20 minutes

7. Fremont Earth Day

2000 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA 94538
Nearest BART Station: 
Fremont
Walking time: 
7 minutes

8. Earth Day Festival in Lafayette

3491 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549
Nearest BART Station: 
Lafayette
Walking time: 
13 minutes
Nearest BART Station: 
Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF)
Nearest BART Station: 
Embarcadero (SF)
Nearest BART Station: 
12th St. Oakland City Center
Nearest BART Station: 
Downtown Berkeley
Nearest BART Station: 
Castro Valley
Nearest BART Station: 
El Cerrito del Norte
Nearest BART Station: 
Fremont
Nearest BART Station: 
Lafayette

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Author: Andrea Frainier
Andrea Frainier is a marketing representative for BART. Her earliest memory is riding BART with her father from Fremont to Oakland, and it's always her ride of choice whenever she sees the A’s, rocks out at The Fox, or eats burritos stuffed with French fries (thanks Taqueria Los Coyotes).

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