earth day

This year Alameda marked the 47th celebration of Earth Day with a gathering celebrating inclusion and diversity along the shoreline. Hundreds of Alamedans joined hands in a reprise of “Hands Across Alameda” last Saturday morning (above). A beach cleanup along Robert Crown Memorial Beach was held prior, and Earth Day festivities followed in Washington Park. In addition to the many informational booths set up in the park an outdoor aquarium exhibit courtesy of the East Bay Regional Parks District drew a lot of attention (right).

When Earth Day first launched in 1970, it signaled the rise of the modern environmental movement in the United States. Today, more than one billion people celebrate Earth Day across the globe, bringing international attention to the environment. 

Here in Alameda, we can take inspiration from the legacy of Earth Day as we address our island’s environmental challenges. I am proud of our city’s Public Utilities Board and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) for working to protect Alameda and the planet from the harmful effects of climate change. 

 

The 48th City of Alameda Earth Day Festival is set for Saturday, April 21, at Washington Park.

Participants will be able to enjoy free activities for kids and Earth Day games and exhibits. Alamedans will also have a chance to try out Alameda Recreation and Park Department’s (ARPD) bicycle-powered spin art machine.

Residents were treated to a variety of entertainment as part of the city of Alameda’s Earth Day Festival in Washington Park last weekend. Above, a youngster pedals his way to a sustainably produced smoothie, while other children enjoyed bean-bag tosses, other games, giveaways and prizes. Below, the Committee for a Sustainable Alameda, asked this question of people at the event: What are you doing to make every day Earth Day? Staff members of the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department organize the annual event.