From Mary Burgan. Email her at mary[AT]borderstan.com.
What are you doing this weekend? Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day around the world, the 42nd Anniversary of the first one, to be exact. There a number of activities in the neighborhood and in DC, starting on Saturday the 21st right in Logan Circle.
Take the Ecological Footprint Calculator test on the Earth Day website to see what your own impact is on the Earth. It’s a fun and enlightening exercise. Warning: You may not be pleased with your results!
Saturday: Green Rush Scavenger Hunt Starts in Logan Circle
If you like sticking around the neighborhood on Saturday, the day before Earth Day, you can join a scavenger hunt called Green Rush, sponsored by two local entities — Live Green and Clean Currents (which sells wind power). Green Rush begins at Logan Circle at 2:30 pm and ends with a party at 5:30 pm at Liv at 2001 11th Street NW. (You can also get more information on the Live Green Facebook page.)
If you and at least one other person are interested, start planning now — there are certain “green rules” for participating. Teams of two to five people will compete in challenges and decode clues for a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize. You need to register and purchase tickets for the scavenger hunt. There are also volunteer opportunities if you don’t want to take part in the hunt.
As part of Green Rush, there is even a Foodie Award: “Teams that indulge in samples at all restaurants participating in the Green Rush will be added to a raffle to win $30 gift certificates to Pete’s Apizza (2 available) or a $100 gift certificate to Cafe Green.” There is also a Green Spirit Award, an Orange you Green Award and a Moe Down Thrown Down Award, in addition to the $1,000 Grand Prize.
Other local businesses helping sponsor the event are The Bike Rack, Cafe Green, Base Camp, Local 16.
Saturday: Anacostia Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 21 is annual clean up day of the Anacostia River and watershed: “Join the Anacostia Watershed Society and other local organizations as we work to clean up the Anacostia River and its tributaries in honor of Earth Day. Last year, more than 2,000 volunteers helped us remove more than 42 tons of trash from the river!” This year’s clean up is from 9 am to noon at about 40 sites throughout the Anacostia Watershed in DC, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland.
Sunday: Mobilize the Earth Event on the National Mall
The Mobilize the Earth event is on the National Mall from 11 am to 7 pm — there with big names in entertainment and public life, energy-saving demonstrations and more.
Sunday: National Zoo Events
Go to the National Zoo for a variety of events. Meet the Zoo’s Green Team experts, participate in green-themed crafts and learn simple daily actions that help you enjoy a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
More Earth Day Activities and Ideas
If you want to plan something more personalized to celebrate Earth Day, the organization’s website offers a number of other ideas for individual and collective efforts on April 22 — with kids, family, friends or civic/church groups. You can take the Ecological Footprint Calculator test to see what your own impact is on the Earth. It’s a fun and enlightening exercise. Warning: You may not be pleased with your results!