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By Joanna Georgiev. April 15, 2014 - 11:25 am
On April 22, 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in hopes to educate the public and raise awareness about global environmental issues.
It was in the 1960s when Americans were becoming aware of the effects of emissions and pollution on the environment.
Throughout the years, documentaries such as Earth by Disneynature (2007) have expressed the importance of safeguarding the natural environment including air, water and land. Today, organizations work together to provide events that inspire and transform public attitudes.
This year, the Earth Day 2014 global theme is Green Cities, which focuses on ways that big cities can transform and force a sustainable future. Over a billion people in 190 countries will take action this Earth Day.
You can make a difference by collecting rubbish on the beach, planting trees, signing petitions and planning for a better future for our planet. Take a look below at free events that you can get involved in this year:
What: 7th Annual Mauka to Makai Environmental Expo Mauka to Makai – Celebrate Earth Day at the Waikiki Aquarium
Where: Waikiki Aquarium
When: Saturday, April 19 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
This year marks the 7th annual Earth Day celebration at the Waikiki Aquarium hosted by the Department of Health-Clean Water Branch and City and County of Honolulu Environmental Services. This free event highlights the impact we make on water sources from the mountains to the ocean. For the schedule of events visit their website!
What: 2014 UH Manoa Earth Day Festival
Where: UH Manoa
When: Thursday, April 24 from 10:00 am-11:00 pm
UH Manoa will host a daylong festival featuring student groups, on-campus and non-profit organizations, as well as environmental businesses. There will be a bike sale with bikes available for under $100, a plant sale, and free talks about global warming. A variety of local musicians such as Mike Love and Sam Ites will perform throughout the day. A celebratory reception will be presented from 4pm to 6pm and include light pupus.
For more information about the event or if you would like to volunteer visit their website here.
What: Civil Café Conversation about Honolulu’s Bicycling Future
When: Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
Where: Fresh Cafe, 831 Queen St.
Join a discussion with Mike Formy, director of the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and Chad Taniguchi, executive director of the Hawaii Bicycling League on how Honolulu is upgrading their infrastructure to provide bikers with safe roads. Civil Beat reporter Sophie Cocke will moderate the conversation.
Photos courtesy of: waikikiaquarium.org and eventbrite.com.