Earth Day

04.17.24

Celebrate Earth Day in Revere

Since 1970, Americans have observed and actively celebrated Earth Day on April 22 in an attempt to protect the planet and its precious resources. Globally, 1 billion people not only celebrate Earth Day but mobilize and take action to make strides to safeguard our world, including cleaning the oceans and drinking water, planting trees, and battling air and plastic pollution. 

Patrick Geddes, a Scottish planner and conservationist once said, “Think globally, act locally.” This concept, when applied to the idea of conserving the Earth’s resources, means that small, deliberate changes to our everyday lives are a great way to honor Mother Earth. 

Revere, Massachusetts, home to the nation’s first public beach and miles of marshland is a perfect community to focus our attention in terms of thinking globally and acting locally. 

How can you celebrate Earth Day in Revere and beyond? Here are a few suggestions that can make a positive impact on our planet this year. 

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Earth Day Theme 2024 

Before we explore ways you and your friends and family can actively participate in Earth Day 2024, let’s examine this year’s theme. 

EarthDay.org, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the driving force behind the global celebration of Earth Day and the leading advocacy group championing the importance of teaching climate education worldwide. 

This year’s theme, Planet vs. Plastics, “calls to advocate for widespread awareness of the health risks of plastics, rapidly phase out all single-use plastics, urgently push for a robust United Nations Treaty on Plastic Pollution, and demand an end to fast fashion.” 

5 Ways Make A Difference This Earth Day

Small changes can make a huge impact when we all work together toward the goal of saving our natural environment and its precious resources. Here are some ideas that you can put into action in Revere and the surrounding communities. 

Belle Isle Marsh Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Annual Clean-Up

Belle Isle March, one of the last remaining salt marshes within Boston Harbor, is a great place to start your Earth Day clean-up. Friends of Belle Isle Marsh sponsors an annual clean-up day that is meant to remove plastic, waste and non-organic material from the largest salt marsh in our area. 

Spread over 300 acres in East Boston and bordering towns of Revere and Winthrop, Belle Isle Marsh is home to 250 species of birds, including seven listed species, who spend some or all of their life cycles there. This habitat area is so important for so many species’ survival that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services recognizes Belle Isle Marsh as “one of Massachusetts’ most biologically significant estuaries north of Boston and the National Audubon Society recognizes it as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, an international designation.”

Visit the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh for dates and times of clean-ups this spring. 

Help Keep Revere Beach Clean 

If you enjoy walking along Revere Beach, like so many families do on the North Shore, take some time to pick up litter, plastic and trash if you see it on your journey. The marine life and birds that rely on the habitat will appreciate the gesture and it would be a great way to observe Earth Day. 

Visit A Farmers Market 

Although a little early yet for farmer’s markets to be popping up in lots and parks, when they do, make a point of supporting locally grown produce and locally created crafts. 

Farmer’s markets have no wasted packaging, shipping or preservatives that could negatively impact our environment. Additionally, you will be supporting local farmers and honoring Mother Earth at the same time! 

Strive For Zero Waste 

According to the Honest Consumer who recently published an article about “Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle,” zero waste living is a lifestyle change that works to eliminate waste. This means reusing, recycling, composting organic matter, and refusing packaging and single-use items whenever possible.” 

While it may seem like a daunting task, it is possible to reduce your waste in meaningful ways. 

Go Paperless 

You know all those bills you get in the mailbox every month? Well, a fantastic way to celebrate Earth Day this year would be to go online for each utility, store or credit card company and request paperless billing. You will not only have the convenience of paying bills online but will help save our forest resources in the process. 

How will you spend Earth Day? Let us know at Next Stop Revere online and you may find a community ready and willing to help!