By Melissa Newman
Spring has finally sprung! Flowers are in full bloom, we can finally put away our snow shovels, and enjoy brighter days with more sunlight. And what better way to celebrate this glorious change in the season in Bucks County than to participate in Earth Day? What was once a series of peaceful protests organized across the United States in the 70s, has now grown into an international, globally recognized holiday – focused on a day of meaningful action, policy change, and minimizing the negative impact of humans on the environment.
For Earth Day, 2019 Earth Day Network (a non-profit organization) has chosen to center this year's theme around their “Protect Our Species” campaign, which aims to bring awareness to and prevention of the rapid rate of extinction of species on our planet. You can visit www.earthday.org for more details, ways to get involved and how you can support this year’s campaign.
There are numerous ways to get involved and support Earth Day in Bucks County! Choose from multiple events, festivals, and clean-up opportunities in the area. We’ve curated some of the best below:
When: Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 2877 Creamery Road, New Hope, PA 18938
What: an event filled with crafts, information on local environmental organizations, and tons of family fun!
When: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 901 Bridgetown Pike, Langhorne, PA 19047
What: Listen to live music from DARIA Music, learn about recreation opportunities in area, and enjoy amazing food from Kush’s Sliders.
When: Saturday, April 27th, from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Where:116 Richboro Newtown Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
What: Live music from local newtown bands, a wide variety of green vendors, and craft tables.
When: Monday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 1900 Summit Avenue, Croydon, PA 19021 & 350 Basin Park, Bristol, PA, 19007.
What: To help celebrate earth day, assist in the clean-up of two nature preserves!
When: Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: 525 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901
What: a morning of community clean-up at Fonthill Castle to celebrate earth day!
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Celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day by volunteering at Fonthill Castle on Saturday, April 27 for a morning community clean-up in the Fonthill Woodlands between 9:00 a.m. – noon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Help further Henry Mercer’s commitment to shared history and natural spaces.To register in advance, please visit the link in our bio! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #FonthillCastle #Castle #Community #Cleanup #EarthDay #ArbordDay #VisitBucksPA #ExploreinBucksCo
If you are unable to participate in Earth Day itself, consider some of the small, but powerful changes you can make individually. If you want to “go green,” but aren’t sure where to start, we have ten simple tips you can incorporate into your everyday routine to support a healthier planet for everyone!
Ten Earth Friendly Tips:
- Grocery shop at the Farmers Market to buy local and support sustainable sourcing of food.
- Look for Ecolabels: which can help you determine if a product/service meets a set of criteria that designates it environmentally safe.
- Buy a water-efficient shower head and reduce the number of gallons used per-week to shower.
- Eat less red meat and to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.
- Instead of using a plastic container to store food, switch to glass to lessen plastic waste.
- Only run your dishwasher with a full load of dishes to use less water.
- Turn-off/unplug devices and appliances that you aren’t using to conserve energy.
- Sign-up for online bill pay! Paying your bills online means less paper resources used.
- Use non-toxic cleaning supplies in your home, and lessen the impact of harmful chemicals on the environment.
- Carry a reusable water bottle and ditch the disposable, plastic water bottles!