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Celebrate Earth Day Locally and Globally

Earth Day, on April 22, will serve again as a galvanizing force on ways to save our planet. With the theme of End Plastic Pollution, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is setting a specific focus this year on the importance of reducing the use of plastics and finding more Earth-friendly alternatives (

The nonprofit notes that of the approximately 300 million tons of plastic annually produced to make bags, bottles, packages and other commodities worldwide, only about 10 percent is successfully recycled and reused. The rest ends up in landfills or as litter, leaching dangerous chemicals into soil and water, endangering humans and wildlife alike.

EDN asks everyone to pledge to switch to sustainable alternatives, subscribe to its newsletter, spread the word via social media, educate and mobilize citizens to demand action, and donate to support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution that will engage individuals, companies and governments worldwide.

Further, EDN is extending people’s ability to take personal responsibility by self-rating and guiding their involvement via practical toolkits. “People can create and follow a plan to reduce their plastic footprint and also share that data to help others via the Billion Acts of Green online campaign,” says Valeria Merino, vice president of Global Earth Day, adding that participants will be able to create an ongoing record and track their commitments. The initiative is also providing materials, tips on organizing cleanup events and social media tie-ins.

Help Indianapolis celebrate and forward progress in sustainability efforts by participating in these local Earth Day 2018 events.

Earth Day Urban Temple Habitat Restoration

9 a.m. to noon, April 21

Join Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Cottage Home neighbors as they restore natural habitat along the Urban Temple Greenspace by removing invasive plant species. All tools will be provided and training required to identify invasive, non-native plants. Work as a team to help transform this area that surrounds a beautiful community gathering space east of downtown.

Location: 504 Dorman St., Indianapolis.

For more information, call 317-520-8263 or email [email protected].

Earth Day Kitley Avenue/Herron Morton Tree Plantings

9 a.m. to noon, April 21

Gather with Warren Park and Herron Morton communities and neighbors for tree-planting projects to create a healthy tree canopy. Participants will plant 20 one-inch caliper native trees at both sites. Sign up to participate solo, as a group or family.

Locations: Kitley Avenue -- parking lot of Christ Lutheran Church, 345 N. Kitley Ave., Indianapolis. Herron Morton -- 2347 Broadway Ave., Indianapolis.

For more information, call 317-520-8263 or email [email protected].

Bee Green Earth Day Indiana Festival

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21

Come to the festival and explore booths from more than 120 exhibitors and local food vendors. There’ll be live music, kids’ activities and a 5K run/walk starting at noon.

Location: Historic Military Park at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St.

For more information, call 317-721-6526, email [email protected] or visit

Earth Day Indiana Recycle Run

Noon to 2 p.m., April 21

Wear your running shoes and run or walk a 5K that meanders along a scenic route along the White River in downtown Indy. The 2nd annual event will finish at Military Park at White River State Park. Tickets start at $25 per person.

Location: Historic Military Park at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St.

For more information or to register, visit or email [email protected].

Earth Day Clean-Up & Scavenger Hunt – Indianapolis

Noon to 4 p.m., April 22

As part of Aveda EarthMonth2018, gather your friends and come join others to pull invasive garlic mustard and pick up litter around the Eagle Creek reservoir while participating in a fun scavenger hunt. Each registered participant will receive a free goodie bag and lunch from Chipotle. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. Teams of two to four people recommended. Cost: $35 per person/$25 per person (before April 15).

Location: Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Rd., Indianapolis.

For more information or to register, visit

6th Annual Earth Day Celebration at the JCC

1 to 4 p.m., April 23

This family-friendly event will feature more than 40 organizations offering environmentally focused, interactive, hands-on activities, such as a nature hike in the wooded grounds and making art from recycled materials. There’ll also be live entertainment and food trucks.

Location: M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis.

For more information, call 317-251-9467, email [email protected] or visit

Earth Day 5K & 10K Virtual Race

7 p.m., April 22 – 10 p.m., April 30

Join this virtual race and show your support for Wild Earth Allies. Choose to complete the 5K or 10K on your own time. Walk or run from the location of your choosing. Once you have completed the race and submitted your time, you will receive a stained-glass Earth medal. Fifteen percent of all registration fees go to Wild Earth Allies. Registration is $18 per person.

Location: Anywhere in Indianapolis – self-guided race.

For more information or to register,

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