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Top 10 Most Interesting Earth Day Celebrations

by Jacquie Banszky | April 20, 2012 | in Industry Trends

 

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"Rain of Seeds for our Ground" Pery
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Every year on the 22 of April, people across the globe stop to honor our planet. Starting in 1970, Earth Day has quickly become the leading holiday for individuals to celebrate the planet and promote a clean and sustainable future. In honour of Earth day 2012 we have compiled a few of the most unique Earth Day celebrations and demonstrations that have been conducted across the globe.

 

1. On Earth day in 2009 students in Lima, Peru took part in a ceremony known as "Rain of seeds for our ground" where seed-filled balloons were released. The balloons would later burst, releasing hundreds of tree seeds onto the ground.
 

2. In 2008, 80 000 cyclists in Budapest, Hungary gathered for a critical mass demonstration in order to raise environmental awareness and promote the use of bikes over cars for transportation. This mass demonstration was the largest of its kind, earning the city a new world record. Critical Mass is a world-wide event that occurs on the last Friday of every month and has often been associated with environmental activism and protests.
 

3. Citizens of Los Angeles were given an opportunity to view the Cool Globes public art display In the Rose Garden at Exposition Park on Earth Day 2009. The display consisted of 50 five-foot globes created to raise awareness about climate change and showcase ways of reducing global warming. The Cool Globes exhibit has traveled to 12 locations throughout the United States and Europe.
 

4. On April 22, 2010, the first-ever ‘Green’ fighter jet was launched by the U.S. Navy. This jet, known as the “Green Hornet”, is fueled in part by a seed found in the Camelina sativa plant and marked a U.S. initiative to reduce their environmental impact and reliance on foreign oil. The F/A-18 Super Hornet is the largest consumer of fuel in the U.S. Navy.
 

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BP Eco-friendly gas station
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5. In 2007, BP launched their first ‘Eco-friendly’ gas station. Aside from offering biofuels, the facility features a water run-off filtration system, rain water collection and recycling, solar panels, and a variety of roof-top plants to help reduce CO2 and regulate building temperature.The building itself is composed of a variety of sustainable materials, including: recycled glass and steel, farmed wood, and scrap metal.
 

6. Ben & Jerry’s created the largest Baked Alaska ice cream dessert, coming in at 4 ft and 1140 lbs, in honor of Earth Day 2005. The tasty fossil fuel-inspired flavor was placed outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. in protest of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ben & Jerry’s has been recognized for their environmental initiatives ever since the launch of their “Lick Global Warming” campaign in 2002.
 

7. On April 23, 2011, the day following earth day, a Guinness World Record was set for the most people changing cloth diapers simultaneously at multiple venues. 5026 individuals from 126 locations in 5 countries across the Globe participated in “The Great Cloth Diaper Change” The Real Diaper Association (RDA) estimates that the average baby will require approximately 6,000 diapers in their first two years.
 

8. In 2007, a number of volunteers from the Coral Reef Alliance joined forces to clean up crown-of-thorn starfish from the coral reefs in Southern Philippines. Outbreaks of crown-of-thorn starfish, known to feed on coral, threaten reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. The population of starfish in this area is nearly double of that found in a healthy reef.
 

9. The State College of Florida set a Guinness World Record for most plastic bottles recycled in eight hours on Earth Day 2010. During the event, part of the

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Ben & Jerry's Largest Baked Alaska
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School’s annual “Earth Fest”, 46,357 bottles were recycled throughout the day, totalling a whopping 4,980 lb! The record has since then been topped by students in Shanghai China who recycled 19,400.45 lb of bottles in a mere 8 hours.
 

10.This year The Nature Conservancy will be holding a “Picnic for the Planet” celebration on Earth Day and the days leading up to it. Participants from across the world are encouraged to send in pictures and videos of their own picnics as a way to “celebrate the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people we share it with”. This year they will be attempting to set a record for the largest picnic celebration.

 

How do you plan to support Earth Day this year?

 

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