by Suzanne Hunn
on Friday, April 19th, 2019 at 1:01pm.
Earth Day is officially April 22nd. We’ve been celebrating Earth Day in the US since April 1970 when 20 million Americans demonstrated to force the protection of our environment onto the national agenda. In December 1970, Congress created a new federal agency to handle environmental issues– the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Prior to the creation of the EPA, there were no regulations keeping factories from releasing toxic smoke into the air or dumping toxic waste into local water sources. It was completely legal to poison our environment. If not for the EPA, we would not have the Clean Air Act nor the Clean Water Act. Earth Day is a time to celebrate and renew our dedication as Americans to protect the environment we live in.
The following are Earth Day celebrations taking place in St. Louis.
This grocery chain offers many natural, organic, and fresh foods. Fresh Thyme has several locations in St. Louis that are celebrating Mother Earth. They will be giving away free reusable bags, holding a kids seed craft event, and featuring a giveaway to win an Earth Day Basket.
The Ethical Society of St. Louis is a nontheistic Humanist organization that advocates for ethics, science, and well-being. The group has regular community events and activities open to the public, including a weekly Platform held almost every Sunday morning. This Platform will celebrate the reverence for the world and renew your drive to protect the climate and environment for future generations!
This is the third year of this virtual race. You choose to compete in a 5K or 10K, complete your race on your own, and submit your time to the race organizers by April 30th. All participants get an Earth medal and 15% of every registration goes to Wild Earth Allies. Registration is $20.
This is the second year of the St. Louis Earth Day Film Series. These environmentally-themed films are screened at multiple venues throughout the St. Louis metro area for free! This particular documentary– ”The Last Animals” –will be screened at T-REX downtown and it’s all about the global response to animals on the edge of extinction.
This is St. Louis’s biggest Earth Day celebration which takes place in Forest Park and on the Muny grounds. There’s food, music, performance art, hands-on activities, and opportunities to learn about local businesses and nonprofits that share Earth Day values.
Some of the activities you’ll be able to find during this celebration include:
This free event at the zoo features live music, fun educational activities, opportunities to meet the keepers, and more. These activities are all centered around how you can take action to help protect our planet. If you visit at least four of the stations at this even, you receive a prize! This one is great fun for the kids.
You can enjoy Urban Chestnut beers in their beautiful outdoor Biergartens in the Grove or in Midwtown, and bike with a gang to the Earth Day celebration in Forest Park around noon. Then you can return at your leisure and continue the celebration at Urban Chestnut!
We hope you choose to participate in one of these great St. Louis Earth Day events. Let us know if you do!
And if you’re looking for a new home in St. Louis, contact us to help you find a beautiful home that suits your needs and allows you to keep protecting the environment!