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  • Lauren Duhon

A Guide to Earth Day 2021

Every year on April 22, people around the world come together to celebrate its natural wonders and to bring awareness to our changing climate and the threats being posed.

The day stands as a day for reflection, but also a call to action.

This Earth Day, as more attention has been brought to climate action and sustainability efforts than ever before, there are lots of ways for people to get involved, locally, nationally or even virtually.

In Houston, Texas

Earth Day Houston

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, from noon to 5 pm, there will be an Earth Day Houston celebration at Discovery Green, presented by Green Mountain Energy in partnership with Citizens Environmental Coalition.

The event is outdoors, free and open to the public.

Exhibitors will be spaced out to allow for social distancing and masks are required.

The event features exhibitions, a panel discussion and live mural painting.

Online viewing options of the panel discussion will be provided.

Additionally, a series of short films about Houston’s environment begins on the Anheuser-Busch stage from noon to 3 p.m. Participants are invited to view them throughout the afternoon.

Discovery Green location: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

The event on April 17, 2021, from 10 am to 4 pm, offers informative booths, nature hikes, fun displays in the Discovery Room and Earth-friendly take-home activities.

The Arboretum encourages you to check our website and social media for more awesome ways to celebrate Earth Month.

Masks are required in our Nature Center building and highly recommended when visiting our outdoor booths.

The event is in-person, free and open to all ages.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center location: 4501 Woodway Drive Houston, TX 77024

Urban Harvest Earth Day Festival

This year, Urban Harvest is hosting a week of events and classes focused on loving our planet. From plant swaps to farmers market tours to composting classes, there's something for everyone.

The events are spread out from April 17 to April 25, with some events happening in-person and others being shared online.

Urban Harvest location: 3302 Canal St. Houston, TX 77008

Other events in the Houston area:

Across the U.S.

National Park Week

This year, from April 17 to April 25, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are celebrating their commitment to preserving public lands and the beauty of our parks with a week-long set of events, including Earth Day activities.

Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs, events and digital experiences. There are also special theme days during the week to highlight the different ways everyone can enjoy national parks, including:

-April 17, Park Rx Day

A day to visit a national park for free and to reconnect with nature.

-April 18, Volunteer Sunday

A chance to give back to the parks that we love and to leave our lands better than we found them.

-April 22, Earth Day

You can learn about the NPS and its role in preserving the environment, along with ways to be an advocate.

Find your national park: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm.

The Great Global Cleanup

Across the world, individuals are signing up, showing up and cleaning up their communities.

National CleanUp Day has collaborated with Earth Day and anticipates over 50 million volunteers for the Great Global CleanUp in April 2021 in all corners of the world.

To find a clean-up in your area, learn more or register a clean-up effort if you can here: https://cleanup.earthday.org/pages/find-a-cleanup.

Global Virtual Events

Earth Day Live

From April 20 to 22, you can join the world’s leaders for Earth Day 2021 online. This year’s theme: Restore Our Earth.

The event will include three days of climate action:

-April 20

It begins with a global youth climate summit led by Earth Uprising, in collaboration with My Future My Voice, OneMillionOfUs and hundreds of youth climate activists.

In the evening on April 20, the Hip Hop Caucus and its partners will present the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit. This digital event will examine climate and environmental justice, connecting the climate crisis to issues within a racial justice framework.

-April 21

Education International will lead the “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit.” The multilingual virtual summit will span time zones and feature activists from every continent, focused on the crucial role that educators play in combating climate change.

-April 22

Parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event.

The global show begins at 12 PM (Eastern Time), which will entail workshops, panel discussions, and special performances that will focus on Restore Our Earth. It will cover natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.

There’s even a map to find Earth Day events in your community across the globe or a tool-kit to get you involved.


Running through April 25, EarthX is offering a variety of online events for Earth Month.

You can find a list of the events here: https://earthx.org/events-calendar/.

There are educational resources available for parents and teachers, as well as film screenings. For those located in the Dallas area, there are drive-in or outdoor film screenings options, but the films are also available for anyone who registers online. Screenings are free with registration.

At the end of the month, from April 28 to April 30, EarthX is hosting their E-Capital Summit. This online virtual event cultivates and convenes private capital investors, financiers, early stage and established companies, industry thought leaders, key local and national policymakers, incubators, accelerators and researchers to form partnerships catalyzing investment into environmental solutions.

Earth Day Initiative 2021

Join a full line-up of speakers and exhibitors, as well as a virtual march and rally led by March for Science NYC and Fridays for Future.

The events will take place on April 18 and 19 to kick off Earth Week 2021.

The event will explore issues like green living, sustainable business and community-building around environmental issues.

The virtual forum will feature prominent climate activists, scientists, celebrities, community leaders, performers and public officials in an interactive line-up of panels and discussions.

The speakers include:

There will also be a virtual festival and art exhibit, with booths from organizations that circle the globe. The virtual festival provides an opportunity for environmental organizations and attendees to come together for Earth Day 2021 even when we can’t be together in person, continue the climate conversation in this pivotal year, and identify ways to make a positive impact.

For more information, visit Earth Day Initiative: http://www.earthdayinitiative.org/2021-events.

There are many more ways to get involved this April, from contacting elected officials to take climate action to pledging to live more sustainably.

Regardless of how you participate in Earth Day this year, let it be a start to participating in climate action year-round.