Marylanders will join more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day 2010—being celebrated tomorrow.
This is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, launched by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and recognized as the birth of the modern environmental movement.
To note the day, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will join homeowners in Clarksville to help install solar panels which underscores his goal of creating 100,000 green jobs in the state by 2015. On Monday, the governor joined U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and others to release a new plan to revitalize the Anacostia watershed by embarking on specific projects for the protection of the waterway, which drains into the Potomac River and ultimately impacts the Chesapeake Bay.
The Baltimore Ravens and city Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will team up to tackle an Earth Day beautification project along the Gwynns Falls Greenway at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
At 6 p.m., the documentary, “A Chemical Reaction,” will show at the Senator Theatre along northern York Road. The film wonders why Americans still use pesticides.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reminds everyone to become active in helping restore Maryland’s most noted and noticeable environmental asset by learning the top 10 things you can do to ‘Save the Bay.’
Earth Day observances will continue into the weekend. On Saturday, interactive nature activities, music, kite flying, hot air balloon rides, rock wall climbing, nature-oriented scavenger hunts and more will fill grounds of Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, starting at 10 a.m.
At the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, visitors will compete in a recycling relay and bring home their own saplings for planting. Guests can also conduct experiments with members of the American Chemical Society, make flower baskets and get advice on gardening from the Maryland Master Gardeners. The fun gets underway at Noon.
Learn about other Charm City Green Week activities by reading the Baltimore Green Business Examiner’s column here.
For more local green ideas and living, go to: baltidome.com
The Climate Rally
Forty years after the first Earth Day, the world is in greater peril than ever, notes the Earth Day Network (EDN), which was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. While climate change is the greatest challenge of our time, it also presents the greatest opportunity – an unprecedented opportunity to build a healthy, prosperous, clean energy economy now and for the future.
A major party for Mother Earth to push that message will take place Sunday at The Climate Rally on The National Mall in Washington, D.C., hosted by EDN.
Entertainers Jimmy Cliff, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Willie Colon, Honor Society and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger will join the list of distinguished and diverse talent already confirmed to perform at The Climate Rally. Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Bob Weir, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Passion Pit, Booker T and others will perform throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
EDN will live stream The Climate Rally on www.earthday.org.
Notable speakers including NFL player and television personality, Dhani Jones, environmental photographer, Sebastian Copeland, AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, film director, James Cameron, Olympic gold medalist, Billy Demong, producer, Trudie Styler, Rev. Jesse Jackson and author Margaret Atwood will also join in the rally.
The day of speeches, live music and eco-village exhibits on The National Mall caps off nine days of service projects, advocacy events, performance arts and exhibits organized by EDN. The influential musicians along with political, environmental, religious and civil-rights leaders will join with the audience of concerned citizens to call on Congress to take action to address climate change in 2010.
EDN campaigns and programs are predicated on the belief that an educated, energized population will take action to secure a healthy future for itself and its children.
For additional info on The Climate Rally and a list of daily events, visit www.earthday.org.
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