Join the millions who are committed to eco-friendly and sustainable living
The SunriseGuide is proud to celebrate Earth Day. We are answering the call to action, helping our readers and supporters live more sustainable lives in order to protect our earth, air and water. We hope you’re inspired to make a green change in your life this year. The SunriseGuide is here to help you do just that. Learn about Maine’s healthy, local, and green resources – and have fun and save money while you do!
About Earth Day:
Earth Day is widely seen as a kind of birthday for the modern environmental movement. Celebrated on April 22 each year, Earth Day is a celebration of the environment designed to inspire awareness and concern for our planet. The tradition began in 1970 when U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin announced his idea for a nationwide teach-in day on the environment. Nelson believed that an “ecologically literate public would do far more than landmark legislation to assure a sustainable future.” We’ve come a long way since 1970, and both environmental literacy and public policy can be credited for these changes. And there is more to be done. We like to say that every day is Earth Day. But there is no denying the power of a holiday to ground us in meaning and mindfulness.
Visit our events page for a comprehensive list of community events for Earth Day 2013 and beyond. You’ll find celebrations, clean-ups, films, discussions, and festivals throughout southern and coastal Maine. If you have an event to add to the list, please email us.
The 2013 Earth Day Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to get out into your community with friends and family to look for ways your neighbors are reducing their ecological footprint. Tell us what you find! Download the printable guide here:
Tips for Celebrating:
- Check for events in your region with the EPA.
- Submit a photo to help build a global mosaic depicting The Face of Climate Change.
- Sign up for Action Alerts through Earth Day Network to add your voice to the environmental movement.
Around the House
- Lights out and electronics free for the day
- Craft projects with recycled materials —cards, puzzles, magazine pages, etc. The recycle bin is a great source of materials for this.
- Start a garden or work in your garden, build a raised bed. Learn about and plant some native plants – visit the University of Maine Cooperative Extension resource link.
- Break bread with friends and neighbors showcasing local dishes where most ingredients used are grown or produced right here in Maine.
- Spring clean and donate clothes, recycle the rest (FreeCycle.org as a way to give away anything, the Habitat for Humanities ReStore in Portland or Bath for furniture and building materials, and Goodwill for computer equipment. They take it free of charge.)
- Use a carbon calculator to determine your personal footprint and learn tips for reducing fossil fuel consumption.
Around the Community
- Commute to work on bike or explore your local neighborhoods on bike with your kids. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine has a great Trail Finder resource.
- Explore your local public lands and take a hike with family or friends, check out Healthy Maine Walks for ideas.
- Trail clean up – contact your local land trust or trails organization to volunteer for a cleanup project, i.e. Portland Trails, Maine Island Trails, Maine Land Trust Network.
- Team up with your local school or child care center to start a community children’s garden. Here are some tips on starting a community garden from the UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Gardening and Horticulture division.