The largest Earth Day celebration in New York City is returning to Union Square on Tuesday, April 18.
Earth Day Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental awareness, is hosting its 47th annual Earth Day New York: A free festival with fun activities to get the public to think of ways to reduce their carbon footprints and make more conscious decisions to be sustainable in everyday life.
This year’s Earth Day New York will feature dozens of exhibitors, live performances, talks, and kids’ activities, with more than 70 organizations participating.
Some highlights include a green vehicle exhibition on display, courtesy of Toyota, the official automotive sponsor; and a free clothing and electronics recycling drive, hosted by the New York City Department of Sanitation. Kids can enjoy face painting, making crafts with recycled materials, and hands-on science demonstrations by BioBus.
Earth Day Initiative is also holding its Count to 50 campaign to encourage people to sign up for clean energy, as Earth Day Initiative approaches its 50th anniversary. All you have to do is bring in your utility bill to the Count to 50 booth located at East 17th Street and Park Avenue during Earth Day New York, or visit the Count to 50 website to receive $25 off of your next monthly statement.
Last year’s Earth Day Initiative/Natural Resources Defense Council New York’s awards were presented to chef Tom Colicchio, DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and urban farmer and food justice advocate Karen Washington.
Earth Day New York is free and will take place from 12-7pm on Tuesday, April 18 in Union Square. For more information on this year’s sponsors and activities, visit Earth Day New York’s website.
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Main image: Kids enjoying activities from last year's Earth Day New York
Courtesy Earth Day Initiative