Happy Earth Day! As the annual April 22nd celebration draws near, one of the most effective ways you can participate begins on your dinner plate. Foods best for the health of our bodies and minds, are also best for the health of the planet. They also make us feel good and happy. Come learn more, enjoy a LIVE 5-minute cook class with tastes in Mountain View at the Sunshine Gardens Earth Day Festival, April 22nd (details below).
- 5 main ways food effects global warming. Graphic courtesy of Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming
Here are more local events to celebrate Mother Earth this Earth Day season.
April 18– 20th
Global Plant-Forward Summit
Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa
Follow the food on Instagram from this plant-forward wonderland. Chefs from around the world will showcase the newest trends and ways to eat delicious plant-based dishes. Watch the general sessions webcast LIVE, with recordings available afterward here.
- Culinary Institute of America at Copia
Love Our Mother Fest
Menlo Atherton High School
555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton
11 AM – 4 PM
Stop by the green vendor fair to learn about sustainable eating, how to create a climate-friendly home, and more. Check out the electric vehicle and electric bicycle showcase and plant-based cooking demonstrations. Kids enjoy crafts, interactive animal exhibits, and more. Full list of vendors click here.
Earth Day at the Refuge
San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA
7 AM – 2 PM
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and partners are celebrating Earth Day and 50 years of Endangered Species Act in a big way - fun for the whole family! Come explore the Center and learn about our endangered species on guided walks and ranger programs.
Earth Day Faire - Building Our Brighter Future
Mountain View Community Center
201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View, CA
9 AM – 1 PM
Our community is taking action to help our environment and inviting you to participate. Achievements highlighted, opportunities for action offered, and reasons for hope shared.
- Joshua Tree National Park
Earth Day Resource Faire
1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA
10 AM – 1 PM
Learn about sustainable solutions from the City's Utilities and Stormwater departments. We will be joined by community organizations like the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, Canopy, and Valley Water.
Pick up your Pollinator Passport and get ready to travel into the nearby native gardens. Visit the pollinator gardens and pick up a prize or register for a raffle.
- Foothills Park, Palo Alto
Earth Day at Sunshine Gardens
132 W. Dana Street, Mountain View
3 PM – 5 PM
Learn how this residential community became a sustainable living space, and ways to make upgrades and eco-changes where you live. Chef Laura Stec will teach an on-going 5-minute cook class on How to Eat More Vegetables and EZ Seasoning - a class that just might change your food life. Stop by for a few tastes! Festival participants include Silicon Valley Bay Energy, BayREN, Recology Mountain View, Building Efficiency Core Energy, Sunbank Solar, Orange EF Chargers, and Silicone Valley Bicycle Coalition
- Eagle Lake, CA
Ladera Community Church, Portola Valley
3300 Alpine Road, Portola Valley
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
"Zombie Plastic" - Worship Service led by LCC's Green Team
Plastic is the living dead of consumer products. Even when we recycle, 90% of plastic ends up in landfills—or worse, in oceans, natural habits, or toxic incinerators. We must stop zombie plastic...but how? Matthew Vollrath and Linda Drey-Nightingale discuss the plastic crisis and solutions. Bold policy action and powerful consumer pressure can make a plastic-free future a reality.
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.
Battling Plastics: Here’s a battle we can win!
Discover the world of superior alternatives to plastics in our home. Bottles, storage containers, bags, films, utensils, takeout, oh my! Join this discovery hour about what we can do right now.
Ways to Participate
• In person at Ladera Community Church
• Via Zoom (ID: 829 2023 8953, Passcode: Sunday)
Valley Presbyterian Church
945 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, Lane Family Hall
12 PM - 2 PM
2040 - the film
A documentary and story of hope on ways humanity can reverse global warming and improve the life of every living thing. Explore what the future could look like by the year 2040, embracing regenerative solutions and shifting them into the mainstream. A light lunch will be provided before the movie, followed by group discussion.
- Portola Valley, CA
- photos by LSIC