International Mother Earth Day / Earth Day

The United Nations has adopted April 22nd as International Mother Earth DayThis adoption dates back to 2009, however, original roots go back to the 1970s when environmental protection was not yet a priority of the national political agendas. Fortunately since 2009, the United Nations celebrates this observance through the Harmony with Nature initiative which acknowledges that the Earth and its ecosystems are our common home. Their conviction to the advocacy in promoting Harmony with Nature is necessary to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations.

Read the UN’s message on When Mother Earth Sends us a Message and Are We Taking Care of the Earth Interactive Report from 2019.  

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet. Their mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. 


How to Support International Mother Earth Day

  • Seattle's Earth Day Run April 17th- 5K, 10K,Half Marathon, Kid Dash. Come run or walk one of our many race distances and at the same time you can feel good about supporting the environment. Each finisher will receive a native sapling tree + an additional tree will be planted for each finisher we have. On top of all that we will also be recycling old running shoes so don't forget to bring them so we can donate them to Africa via the More Foundation Group. Tell your friends and come out for this great event! Registration required.
  • 2021 Earth Day Challenge Run/Walk - Seattle. The goal of the Earth Day Virtual Challenge (24,901 Miles) is simple. The goal is that during the month of April (Earth Day Month) we will collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles! Join the challenge for FREE or you can also upgrade your registration to get some cool swag.
  • Join thousands of organizations as we call on the world to come together for THREE DAYS OF CLIMATE ACTION, April 20-22, 2021
  • Don’t want to wait until April 22nd to start focusing on Mother Earth? Find 51 Ways to Restore our Earth. Start NOW!
  • Check out these great kid friendly activities from King County focused on Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
  • Check out these King County Green tips for families
  • Giving Back to Indigenous Communities: The Ethical and Sustainable Harvesting of Salmon and FREE cooking class - Want to learn about the impacts on tribes when it comes to harvesting salmon? A local tribe member will be sharing this information with us as well as teaching traditional ways of prepping fish. Join us for this lecture and FREE cooking class (all ingredients provided) for an educational and delicious event. April 23rd, 5:00-7:00pmRegistration Link, Location: Zoom link provided upon registration

  • Bee Garden Planting - Gardening for pollinators. 21 Acres is enhancing their campus by creating habitat and resources for pollinators! Volunteers will help plant and maintain pollinator hedgerows, supporting bees that are hard at work on the farm. Volunteers will also help expand the all new pollinator garden by preparing new garden beds and constructing a hugel mound. April 24th, 2:00-4:00pm, Location: 21 Acres, Registration Link

  • Virtual Natural Yard Care Workshop: Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden- BEElieve it or not, but bees aren't the only pollinators. Come learn about more of the common pollinators and other beneficial creatures in the Pacific Northwest and why they are so important to keep around. Many pollinators require special plants and habitats to keep them happy and healthy, so we'll teach you about the best plant picks to help them thrive. We will also show you how to protect your pollinators by managing common garden problems without using pesticides. April 28th, 7:00-8:30pmRegistration

  • St. Edward State Park Virtual Tour - Take a walk through St. Edward State Park with Dr. David Stokes who speaks of the flora and fauna found at this park nestled in the hills of Kirkland. Link to Virtual Tour
  • Geocaching Adventures- Self Tour on UWB/CC Campus - Geocaching is a fun family adventure using your phone or GPS! Walk the campus and answer questions to discover sustainability features! Download the Adventure Labs app on your phone, find the “UWB/Cascadia Sustainability Features” adventure on campus, and get started on site! Launching in early April! Instructions on how to participate in the geocache
  • Community Reads - Theme: Food Justice- The purpose of the Library’s Community Reads program is to facilitate quarterly events in the Library or virtually around common books or other media. Our intention is to choose readings/viewings/listenings which will cultivate productive discussion in the campus community around equity, social justice, and diversity. Location: Event Link (netID login required)
  • Events at St. Edward State Park
    • Plastics in our World- Informational and interactive signs will surround a standard bale of compressed plastic that represents the various types of recycled residential plastics. Visitors will learn about plastic varieties and their environmental impacts, plastic reuse, and challenges in recycling plastic materials. Time: Asynchronous, drop by St. Edwards during park hours
    • Waste Sorting in the Park - Proper sorting of recyclables from the garbage in St. Edward State Park and at your home will be illustrated at the new park waste separation stations. Time: Asynchronous, drop by St. Edwards during park hours
    • Native Plant Tour - The St. Edward State Park North Parking Lot Nature Island will contain a self-guided tour where visitors can learn about the ecology and development of forests and Native American perspectives on Northwest forests and plants. Location: North Parking Lot Nature Island, St. Edward State Park, Time: Asynchronous, drop by St. Edwards during park hours
    • Walking Park Ecology - Use QR codes at selected St. Edward State Park trailheads with your smartphone to connect to videos that provide information on park wildlife and ecology as you walk along park trails. Time: Asynchronous, drop by St. Edwards during park hours


Help Provide Books Focused on Protecting the Earth

During the month of April, our DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee) will be continuing our Windows & Mirrors Book Drive in support and honor of our planet Earth! ALL BOOKS PURCHASED WILL BENEFIT CANYON CREEK CLASSROOMS AND LIBRARY.

Find more details about this book drive and how you can help.



We want to bring attention to
National Observances & Commemorative Months
as well as UN International Days.
Check out our article about this!