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Celebrate Earth Day

Learn and Take Action for our planet on April 22, 2021

Earth Day Proclamation

Mary-Ann Baldwin, Mayor of the City of Raleigh, proclaims April 22, 2021, as Earth Day; and encourages people in Raleigh to combat climate change and environmental degradation, support green economy initiatives, and to encourage others to undertake similar actions.

Read the Earth Day Proclamation.

Raleigh Joins NOAA and Community Scientists to Map Urban Heat Inequities

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Raleigh has joined the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), The County of Durham, the NC Climate Office, NC Museum of Life and Science, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Activate Good, and others in a community-led campaign to map the hottest parts of the city.

Read more on this partnership.

Lake Johnson StoryWalk ® on Earth Day

 Learn how to prevent water pollution while you take a nature walk around Lake Johnson. We're featuring "All the Way to the Ocean" by Joel Harper. Here's how it works: read pages of the children's book, one page at a time, as you walk through the park.  This is a great way to encourage reading while enjoying the outdoors!

Read more about StoryWalk ®.

Stream Monitoring Workshop - Virtual Event

Is there a stream in your neighborhood that you like to visit? Learn how to protect it.

This virtual workshop will teach you four easy steps to collecting water and aquatic insect samples from a stream. This information helps us track the quality of waterways in Raleigh. Stream monitoring is great for small groups.

The workshop is free for Raleigh residents. You'll receive volunteer supplies after the workshop if you commit to a year of monitoring.

Register now.

Think Clean Event

We want you to Think Clean whenever you can! 

In the spirit of Earth Day, there will be a road-side litter clean-up event on May 22. To read more on it and register, visit our Join Us For Think Clean Raleigh's Litter Clean-Up Day article.

Low-intensity, Modified Programs

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Are you ready to celebrate Earth Day? Join Raleigh Parks in appreciating Mother Earth on Thursday, April 22 by attending one (or all!) of their Earth Day programs. 

Classes and programs may be held if they are low-intensity and able to be modified to meet state and local guidelines. All programs are subject to modification or cancellation. 

View Raleigh Parks' Earth Day Programs.

Safe at Home Activities

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On April 22, 1970, people across the United States came together to create new ways to protect and sustain Earth’s environment. Now 51 years later, Earth Day is still an opportunity for communities to look for ways to protect and sustain our natural world. 

The City of Raleigh has created a virtual resource page to invite you to Celebrate, Learn, and Take Action for the planet, so we can celebrate this 51st anniversary as a community, even while safe at home!  

Visit our Virtual Resources page.

Raleigh's Community Climate Action Plan Kickoff

The City will be launching the Community Climate Action Plan on April 22, 2021 at 12 p.m. with a virtual kick-off event.  

The event will start off with a welcome statement from Marchell Adams-David, Raleigh's City Manager, and it will feature a panel discussion and audience Q&A. This is your chance to ask questions and learn about how you can get involved in the Community Climate Action Plan.

The event is free and open to the public. Register now!

Read more on Climate Action