Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22 and while #DTJax is home to plenty of green and eco-friendly business and vendors on a regular basis, tomorrow is a special day to go out of our way to honor our earth! Join us Downtown tomorrow for fun ways to celebrate, educate and make a difference in our environment.
The Jacksonville Landing’s Earth Day Celebration
What better place to celebrate Earth Day than on the water? From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Jacksonville Landing will be hosting what is probably #DTJax’s biggest Earth Day celebration! Here are just a few of the exciting things going down:
- Earth-friendly vendors
- Artisans Market
- Kids Play Zone sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Vision
- Animal Encounters
- Rocking Climbing Wall
- Jax Kid’s Mural Festival Painting
- River Walking Tours by AdLib Tours
- Riverfront Dining
There is also a stacked schedule of live entertainment:
11 a.m. Earth Day Welcome with DJ Kevin Tos
11:30 a.m. Special Performance by Showtime USA
12:10 pm. Special Performance by Kalani David
1:00 p.m. Earth Day Celebration Performance
1:25 p.m. Special Performance by Kalani David
2:00 p.m. Entertainment with DJ Kevin Tos
3:00 p.m. Closing of the event
And the only thing that could have made the event any better… pets are welcome! So gather mom, dad, the kids, your neighbors and Fido to come celebrate the earth with us! Get all the details here.
March for Science
The March for Science is a Global Movement. People all over the world will be participating for Earth Day and we are lucky enough to be holding our very own here in Downtown Jacksonville! The march celebrates the vital role of science in our every day lives and all of the hard work that goes into advancing science and education in science. The march will begin with speakers from The Jacksonville Landing stage from 10 – 10:45 am. Then the march will continue down Water Street and across the Acosta Bridge using the pedestrian walkway to MOSH. At MOSH there will be remarks and a science demonstration to conclude the event. Put on your walking shoes and come be a part of an important and exciting global movement! For details about the event, visit the event page. To learn more about the movement, visit MarchForScience.com
5th Annual Earth Day Cleanup
Help the environment and keep Downtown Jacksonville beautiful! The 5th Annual Earth Day Cleanup is a great way to celebrate our planet as well as help our community. The event will begin at The Jacksonville Landing at 8 a.m. and will cleanup of areas inside of Liberty, Water, Jefferson and Church streets. This event is a great opportunity for students who need community service credit, local groups and organizations looking for a short-term community project, and citizens wishing to clean up downtown. Check out the details here.
While Earth Day is a day to celebrate our planet, every day is a great day to preserve and take care of it! Here are a few easy tips from our friends at Northeast Florida USGBC about how to take care of our environment:
- Purchase non-toxic cleaning products. Use natural fiber sponges and cleaning agents that are biodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free and unscented.
- Reduce paper use. Use rags instead of paper towels; cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Buy post-consumer recycled paper and recycle it when you’ve used it.
- Refurbish responsibly. Use water-based or vegetable-based paints, stains, and varnishes. Don’t wash paint thinners, household cleaners, oil or pesticides down the drain or pour them on the ground; use them up, give leftovers to friends or a charity, or dispose at your local toxic waste disposal center.
- Repair instead of replace. Reupholster furniture. Resole your shoes.
- Replace disposable goods with renewable ones. Buy rechargeable batteries. Use dishes instead of paper plates.
- Plant for the planet. Strengthen your garden’s resistance to pests by planting resilient plants, by rotating the fruits and vegetables you plant, and by attracting friendly bugs to prey on the pesky ones.