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Earth Day is celebrated nationally every year on April 22nd. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day in Philadelphia.

First held on April 22, 1970, the goal of Earth Day is to get more people involved in the health of our planet. It’s a day to understand the climate better. And you can help out in all kinds of ways, such as supporting sustainable fashion, growing plants, or helping pick up litter. Whatever it is that you do, make sure it benefits the planet.

If nothing else, Earth Day is a day to appreciate the planet we live on. Planting trees and advocating for eco-friendly solutions to things will help make our planet cleaner and happier.

Philadelphia and the surrounding areas are all-in on Earth Day celebrations. There are plenty of activities to get in on around Philly. But keep in mind that celebrating our planet doesn’t have to just be an annual event. You can join larger community efforts and Earth Day events on the day of, sure. But, clean trash from neighborhood streets and common areas, plant trees, and recycle. Try to swap out your daily products for more eco-friendly ones.

Nature will say thanks!

Here are 9 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Philadelphia:

  • Bike To Your Destination

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    Philadelphia is such a bikeable city. Whatever your destination may be, you should try to lower emissions and ditch your car for a different ride. Especially if t6he forecast calls for nice weather. Take the bike lane and release less junk into the atmosphere.

  • Plant A Tree

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    PHS is hosting a tree planting event from April 20th through the 24th. Join the over 80 neighborhood-based Tree Tenders groups and help plant 1,400 trees across the region. No planting experience is necessary! The full details are at phsonline.org. Joining their Tree Tenders program will help you get out in the fresh air and make a good difference.

  • Go To The Spring Fling Market

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    Sor Ynéz will celebrate Earth Day with Spring Fling Market on April 22nd, from 11 am to 4 pm. Taking place on the restaurant’s patio, the market will encourage you to get outside and celebrate local artists. Shopping local also means shopping sustainably. It will be good to get some goodies without impacting the environment negatively.

  • Find A Farmers Market

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    There’s nothing better than fresh produce. Especially when its been grown locally and sustainably. With a small bit of research, you can find the hours and schedule of local farmers markets in the area. Luckily, when Earth Day falls on a Saturday, these fresh food markets will likely be open!

  • Help Clean Up

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    Let’s Go Outdoors and Friends of the Wissahickon have partnered up for an Earth Day Craft and Litter Pickup event. But there are also others all over the area. Helping keep your neighborhood clean will make life better for all. By helping to pick up litter in public spaces, you make it a cleaner Philadelphia for everyone.

  • Take A Break From Online Shopping

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    When something comes for you online, it comes in a box, padded by plastic filler, wrapped in more plastic. When you begin to unravel it all it just feels like a lot. Taking a break from online shopping, even if just for a day, will help to impact the Earth in a positive way. You’ll be helping to reduce plastic waste.

  • Celebrate Trails Day At A Local Park

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    Celebrate Trails Day is also on Earth Day. How fun is that? You can give back to the Earth by getting out there and experiencing it in its purest form. Nature walks are a great activity for you and your family. Local parks participating in Celebrate Trails Day include the Tacony Creek Park Trail, Forbidden Drive, Cobbs Creek and the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

  • Go To A Museum And Learn

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    Museums like the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia are insanely valuable. Their interactive approach helps abundantly in teaching about environmental issues. Their exhibit on the climate is impressive. You will walk away knowing so much more about your own environmental impact.

  • Get Your Kids Involved

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    Start ’em young, people always say. And it’s true. If you get the children in your life involved in helping the environment now, we will raise a more conscious generation! We’re already making leaps and bounds to help our planet. Who’s to say that little hands can help out as well?

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