Earth Day 2021 - All You Need To Know

Earth Day 2021 Is Next Week!

It's already April and Earth Day is upon us where millions of people globally show support for our environment. Here is everything you need to know.


A Brief History

The start of modern environmental awareness occured on April 22, 1970 (the first official Earth Day) and since then, every year on this date millions of people from around the world come together in support of our planet. Take a look at this photo taken in New York City on the first Earth Day in 1970. Ironic that it could have easily been taken today.

 Earth Day in NYC, 1970, Santi Visalli / Getty Images


The Theme For 2021→ Restore Our Earth™

This year, organizers are encouraging 3 days of climate action, beginning on April 20, forming more of an “Earth Week” rather than just one day. As the business communities around the world continue to attempt to return to normal post-pandemic, activists urge the public to prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. 


How To Take Part

There are lots of Earth Day activities in and around Pittsburgh planned for next week for you to show your support and get out and about while doing it (safely, of course).

Planets Earth Exhibit

  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh
  • Currently exhibiting
  • A dynamic exhibit at the Center for Sustainable Landscapes addresses the pressing environmental issues of our time and proposes a new way of thinking about how to solve them.
  • Learn more here

Every Day Is Earth Day ... And For Everyone!

  • The Pittsburgh Vegan Society and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh
  • Thursday, April 22, 12-1 pm
  • Our lifestyles have ecological consequences. Discover how going (and staying) vegan can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint in this segment of our collaborative series with Phipps.
  • Please register on Phipps' website

A Damming History: Cultural and Ecological Consequences in Egypt and Pittsburgh

  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh
  • Thursday, April 22, 6-7 pm
  • This event will be a comparison of the cultural and ecological consequences of the Aswan and Kinzua dams.
  • Read more on The American Society for Environmental History

Earth Day Celebration

  • North Hills Community Outreach Garden, 119 Davis Avenue, Bellevue
  • Thursday, April 22, 1-4 pm
  • Celebrate Earth Day with family friendly activities at the North Hills Community Outreach garden!
  • Read more here

Earth Day Re-Opening

  • Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh
  • Thursday April 22, 10 am-7 pm
  • The nursery will have an array of perennials, annuals, house plants, shrubs, vegetable starts, mulch and soil along with many supplies to get you in order for your gardening needs this year.
  • https://theshadysidenursery.com/

    Earth Day Mosaic Making

    • By Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.
    • Lytle Land, 5113 Lytle Street, Pittsburgh
    • Saturday April 24, 12-4 pm
    • This event is one of many during the neighborhood's Earth Day celebration. Learn how to make a beautiful mosaic with all the glass trash we collect at the prior Sunday's Earth Day Trail Cleanup event.
    • Read more on Eventbrite


    How FN Is Doing Our Part

    Fresh Nostalgia is proud to announce that, in addition to our other sustainable vendors, we have added two new product lines by companies committed to making better choices to protect our environment. Here is a look at three favorites of FN customers.


    Handmade Felted Soaps By Flowing & Rooted

    These awesome soaps are handmade in York, PA from 100% natural glycerin, fragrance oils, & essential oils. In addition to the felted soaps, wrapped in the finest of handpicked sheep's wool roving, we also now have their naked soaps in stock too! Shop our current collection of felted soaps here and our naked soaps here.


    Fabina Clothing

    Made in the US by Fabina, a brand that values a minimalist lifestyle and simplicity while respecting this world that we live in. Their 100% sustainable line is made from recycled cotton, organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo and the sustainable practices are reflected in their packaging and daily routines as well. Shop our current collection of Fabina here.


    MAIKA Bags

    Each bag by MAIKA is thoughtfully designed with functional details, and sustainably-made with recycled canvas and vegan leather, and printed with eco-friendly inks. Every single pattern or print you see in the line is hand-painted or illustrated in-house in Oakland, California. Shop our current collection of MAIKA bags here.

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