Story by Kaley Bellanti
The first question everyone should ask folks in Appalachia this April is, “What are you doing for the 41st annual Earth Day?”
The answer is a little more complicated, because of the array of events taking place throughout the region. From a recycling contest to dumpster diving, the fairs and exhibitions taking place to celebrate Earth Day will keep your social life hopping all week.
April 20-21: The Clinch Coalition is teaming up with the University of Virginia (UVA) Wise Student Environmental Club to host two major events at UVA’s campus in Wise, Va. On April 20, they will feature the documentary FRESH, a celebration of people across America who are reinventing our food system. This will be preceded by several short Appalshop films. On April 21, Camille Kingsolver, co-author of the book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, will discuss her family’s journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vowed to produce and buy only local food for an entire year. Visit clinchcoalition.net
April 20, 11am-3pm: Local farmers will present their produce and share their wisdom on sustainability and locally grown food. Attendees can also participate in “The Swap,” where students bring unwanted items to exchange. ASU Food Services will also host a local food meal from 11- 2 pm.
April 16, 10am-5pm: The Triad’s largest Earth Day event was designed to promote environmental stewardship through practical life applications. With over 100 exhibits, kids scavenger hunts , games and live music. Don’t miss out on the fun! Visit peanc.org/earth-day-fair
April 16, 11am-4pm: This green festival will offer individuals, families and businesses the opportunity to learn about home efficiency, green living, solar photovoltaic, green remodeling and building and green careers. Come experience a variety of kids activities, local food and music. Visit festival.charlottecleanandgreen.com.
April 16: Spend the day in beautiful Asheville learning how to keep your community clean and moving toward a sustainable future while listening to live music from bands, The Lee Boys and Toubab Krewe. Visit avlearthday.org.
April 23, 12pm-5pm: Learn how to be a citizen of sustainability this Earth Day. Enjoy live music and a climbing wall while learning about recycling, composting, alternative energy, water conservation and sustainability. Visit greenwv.org/earth-day.
April 16, 10am-5pm: Be a part of this “zero-waste” event as EarthFest helps promote environmental awareness through activities such as the used mercury thermometer exchange, kids recycling relays and earth worm diggs. Visit knox-earthfest.org.
April 22, 10am-6pm: Celebrate Earth Day at the park! Join in hikes to vernal pond, a dumpster dive, a live animal demonstration, a park clean up and a geocaching demonstration. Call 502-429-7270.
April 15: School groups are invited to the Virginia Museum of Natural History’s 3rd annual Earth Day at VMNH event. Visiting classes will participate in hands-on programs, activities, music and movies to learn about conservation, recycling, biodiversity, ecology and the beauty of nature. Programs will be SOL correlated to Virginia standards. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org