The Theme of this year's Earth Day is Stopping Plastic Pollution!  At the end of this story are 5 THINGS EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET CAN DO to reduce Plastic Use!

The origins of Earth Day date back to 1969 when the devastating Santa Barbara oil spill killed more than 10,000 animals along the California coastline and caused catastrophic damage to the region’s once-pristine environment.

In response to the disaster, environmental activists began to quickly organize to push for a day dedicated to protecting the environment as well as promoting environmental education and regulation by the government.

Check out Haverford Township's Earth Day program which includes a
demonstration on how we can better treat the world's Pollinators...
Today, the holiday is believed to be the largest secular holiday in the entire world, celebrated by roughly one billion people around the globe in 192 countries.

IN HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP - Sat., April 21st
Join them outside the CREC building to learn about the steps we can all take to reduce our environmental impact, and have FUN doing it. Test drive an electric car, try a bike-powered blender, learn about being friends to our pollinators, DIY worm bin composting, recycling, and so much more with fun activities for ALL AGES. It’s going to be a great event for the whole family to enjoy,

0LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
At the Haverford CREC (Community Recreation & Environmental Center)
9000 Parkview Dr., Haverford, PA 19041
484-380-2730 -- Time: Noon
Click here for more information

Test out a Bike-Powered Blender at the Haverford Twp. event!
Click here to see how to create one of your own :)

IN THORNBURY TOWNSHIP - Sat., April 21st
It’s Clean Up Day!  Show your children what it means to be a good steward! Head over to Thornbury Park at 9am to help make our roads and green spaces better, greener and and more beautiful for all residents to enjoy!

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
6 Township Drive, Cheyney, PA 19319
(610) 399-8383
Click here for the Thornbury Township Website



AT THE NEWLIN GRIST MILL – Sat., April 21st

Help celebrate nature and protect the environment with their Earth Day volunteer event. Each year they invite volunteers, including individuals, families, scout troops, and youth groups, to work on projects that improve habitat for wildlife, protect important natural resources, and preserve the park’s plant and animal communities.

Past projects have included planting  trees, installing bird boxes, and stream cleanups.  Pre-registration is required to make sure that there is enough equipment for everyone! Register by emailing info@newlingristmill.org or calling 610.459.2359.

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Newlin Grist Mill Park, 219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Time: 10am to Noon
Click here for the Newlin Grist Mill Calendar of Eventshttp://www.newlingristmill.org/calendar

Join the Friends of Ridley Creek State Park on Sat.,April 21st for their Annual Streams Cleanup Project!
Be prepared to wade through the Creek! Participants will be provided with work gloves, water, snacks and a commemorative CRC T-Shirt!  Advanced sign up is strongly suggested. 9 to 11am.   Click for more information

EARTH DAY IS NOT JUST ABOUT WORK! Sunday, April 22nd Tyler Arboretum Invites you to Take a Walk....
Celebrate the beauty of of nature with a walk through this famous local arboretum.  Examine the changes that occur with the start of warmer weather and the end of winter dormancy.  John Wenderoth will highlight buds, flowers and the emergence of new leaves on deciduous trees.  FREE with admission.

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-9134
Click for the Tyler Arboretum Website

Take a Villanova Campus 'Tree Tour' on April 17th or 18th.
 (It's especially beautiful and was once a registered Arboretum!)
Villanova University invites you to join them at a series of  events dedicated to the enhancement of our planet, its biodiversity, and our shared mission to make it better for future generations: 

  • April 17th: Take a Campus Tree Tour - 10am - meet at the Corr Hall Arch
  • April 18th: Take a Campus Tree Tour- 11:30am - Meet at the Corr Hall Arch
  • Also on April 18th:  Attend an a presentation with Earth Day Keynote Speaker Joseph Majkut: 
  • "Climate Change: Will we ever agree?" At 6pm in the Connelly Auditorium/ Cinema 
  • April 19th: Stop by their Sustainability Fair and Farmers Market, 11am to 2pm at the Connelly Plaza/Oreo
  • April 29th: RUN FOR THE PLANET!  Sign up for their  Kilometers for Climate 5K- 3pm at the Corr Hall Steps. Register online.
  • Also on the 29th:  Enjoy a MOVIE UNDER THE STARS!  See "Wall-E" at the Oreo, time TBA.    
2018’s Earth Day Mission is to End Plastic Pollution: From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

Here are 5 things the Natural Resources Defense Council says we can ALL do to make a difference:


1. Wean yourself off disposable plastics.
Ninety percent of the plastic items in our daily lives are used once and then chucked: grocery bags, plastic wrap, disposable cutlery, straws, coffee-cup lids.

2. Stop buying water.
Each year, close to 20 billion plastic bottles are tossed in the trash. Carry a reusable bottle in your bag, and you’ll never be caught having to resort to a Poland Spring or Evian again. If you’re nervous about the quality of your local tap water, look for a model with a built-in filter.

3. Boycott microbeads.
Those little plastic scrubbers found in so many beauty products—facial scrubs, toothpaste, body washes—might look harmless, but their tiny size allows them to slip through water-treatment plants. Unfortunately, they also look just like food to some marine animals. Opt for products with natural exfoliants, like oatmeal or salt, instead.

4. Cook at home more often.
Not only is it healthier, but making your own meals doesn’t involve takeout containers or doggy bags.

5.  Recycle (duh).
It seems obvious, but we’re not doing a great job of it. For example, less than 14 percent of plastic packaging is recycled. Confused about what can and can’t go in the bin? Check out the number on the bottom of the container. Most beverage and liquid cleaner bottles will be #1 (PET), which is commonly accepted by most curbside recycling companies. Containers marked #2 (HDPE; typically slightly heavier-duty bottles for milk, juice, and detergent) and #5 (PP; plastic cutlery, yogurt and margarine tubs, ketchup bottles) are also recyclable in some areas. For the specifics check Earth911.org’s recycling directory.

READ ABOUT MORE WAYS TO REDUCE PLASTIC USE at
NRDC's10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution