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 Networkopens 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 Belmontopens a new window to celebrate Earth Day at Twin Pines Parkopens a new window .
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
One Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, California 94002opens 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 Bayopens a new window in Redwood Cityopens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM
Earth Day Cleanup at Coyote Point in San Mateoopens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 12 PM to 4 PM
Atherton Earth Dayopens a new window in Athertonopens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 9 AM to 12 PM
Belmont Earth Dayopens a new window in Belmontopens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 11 AM to 2:30 PM
Ecofestopens a new window at Pacifica's Linda Mar State Beachopens a new window
- Saturday, April 21, 10 AM to 1 PM
Rethink Wasteopens a new window in San Carlosopens a new window
How will you save the planet? Share you plans in the comments below.