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Happy Earth Day!


By Nicole Musa

Everyone’s recent obsession with “going green,” in a conscious effort to benefit our beloved planet- will cause this year’s Earth Day to be acknowledged more than ever before.  Earth Day is not just for those green advocates who recycle, eat organic food, and drive hybrid vehicles though.  Instead, it is the one day out of the entire year that us inhabitants of earth get to show appreciation for the beautiful land and seas we so easily take for granted each and every day.  

With this being said, I highly recommend giving back to earth this April 22nd. Even the slightest effort can make a difference.  Honestly, would it hurt to turn off all the lights when leaving the rooms in your home, or perhaps break your every day cycle and ride your bike to work instead of driving your car?  So before you’re so hasty to ignore Earth Day as a tree-hugger holiday this year, remember all the lovely things you enjoy about calling this place your home.

NYC residents and visitors are encouraged to attend one of the many following events being held over the next week in honor of Earth Day 2010:

  •  New York City EarthFair at Grand Central Terminal
    The annual New York City EarthFair will be held inside Grand Central Terminal in Vanderbilt Hall from Ap4il 19-24, 2010 and outside of Grand Central Terminal on April 23 and 24, 2010.Organized by the nonprofit organization Earth Day New York, the event will feature dozens of exhibits inside and out, plus free live music for kids and adults outdoors. Exhibitors will include Clean Air New York, Farm Sanctuary, the Rainforest Alliance, and many others. Musical entertainment will be provided by local NYC bands.
  •  Million Trees NYC Spring Planting Day
    On Saturday, April 24, join more than a thousand community volunteers and the NYC Parks Department in planting 20,000 trees in a single day at 16 park sites across the city’s five boroughs.
  •  NYC Grows Festival in Union Square
    New York Restoration Project and the NYC Parks Department, along with presenting sponsor Organic Gardening magazine, invite New Yorkers to this annual, free outdoor festival on Sunday, April 25 that promotes community gardening, tree planting and care, urban farming and sustainable living. Tree-planting and care demonstrations will be provided throughout the day.
  •  Earth Day Concert at Bowery Ballroom
    Rock out at a Concert for the Planet for kids and adults at the Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, April 25th. Headlined by local bands Real Estate and Apollo Sunshine and hosted by local comedians, the concert will educate children and adults on the importance of protecting our planet. A percentage of profits will go to 1% for the Planet. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
  •  World’s Largest “Green” Pop-Up Shop
    The corner of 8th Avenue and 41st Street at the Port Authority Bus Terminal has been transformed into the world’s largest pop-up shops featuring green and sustainable products and fashions. The shop will feature TerraCycle’s full line of over 100 products literally made from common waste materials such as chip bags, food wrappers, yogurt cups, glue bottles and writing instruments.TerraCycle will also use the space to collect over 30 different non-recyclable waste streams, turning the store into the world’s largest ‘Upcycling Center.’ Consumers who drop off waste will be entitled to a discount on the products they purchase.

(source: http://manhattan.about.com/od/eventsandattractions/a/earthdaynyc.htm)

For more fun tips on ways to celebrate Earth Day pick up the latest copy of the Observer, on stands today!

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