Earth Day hails back to 1970. That's probably the reason many of us associate the celebration with a sort of hippy ethos. Fast forward to the serious climate challenges of 2018, and the environmental spotlight cast by the day couldn't be more timely or relevant.
Every day we spew 110 million tons of heat-trapping global warming pollution into our atmosphere… All that extra heat energy is disrupting the hydrological cycle, evaporating water vapor from the oceans and leading to stronger storms, more extreme floods, and deeper and longer droughts, declining crop yields, water stresses, the spread of tropical diseases poleward, and refugee crises and political instability, among other problems. Our efforts to solve the climate crisis are a race against time...
The Earth Day Network, opens a new window, which coordinates Earth Day events in 193 countries, asks everyone to take personal responsibility to mitigate impacts on the planet. This year's Earth Day campaign is to end plastic pollution:
- Reduce your consumption of plastics.
- Recycle the plastic you do use and make sure you are doing so properly.
- Contribute to the removal of plastic that is already in the environment.
County library users can also borrow a “Check It Out!” Energy and Water Savings Toolkit from any community public library in San Mateo County. Outfitted with tools, supplies, measuring devices and a user-friendly guide, the toolkits can help residents conserve water, use less electricity and save money by taking a few simple actions.
In celebration of Earth Day 2018, San Mateo County Libraries' Bookmobile will join the Belmont Library and the City of Belmont, opens a new window to celebrate Earth Day at Twin Pines Park, opens a new window .
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, California 94002, opens a new window
Other Earth Day Events In San Mateo County
Looking for a way to learn more and take action? April is a great opportunity to attend one of these family-friendly events. Please check out the events pages you're interested in for more details, including registration forms, info on what you need to bring, and directions.
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM
Earth Day on the Bay, opens a new window in Redwood City, opens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM
Earth Day Cleanup at Coyote Point in San Mateo, opens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 12 PM to 4 PM
Atherton Earth Day, opens a new window in Atherton, opens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM to 12 PM
Belmont Earth Day, opens a new window in Belmont, opens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Ecofest, opens a new window at Pacifica's Linda Mar State Beach, opens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 10 AM to 1 PM
Rethink Waste, opens a new window in San Carlos, opens a new window
How will you save the planet? Share you plans in the comments below.