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Earth Week 2021

We’re joining nearly a thousand organizations in 192 countries across the globe to celebrate Earth Day 2021! This year’s theme is “Together, we will restore our earth.”

The theme is based on a concept that rejects the idea that our only options to save the planet are to mitigate or adapt to the impacts of climate change and other environmental damage.

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Instead, the Earth Day Network is helping to inspire scientists, governments, non-government agencies and businesses to look at natural processes and emerging green technology to restore the earth’s ecosystems and forests, conserve and rebuild soils, improve farming practices, restore wildlife populations and rid the world’s oceans of plastics. Find additional resources on the County of San Diego Land Use & Environment Group’s Virtual Earth Day page.

What natural processes are being explored in County Parks?

  • Reforestation: For example, our efforts to restore San Diego’s tree canopy by planting three native trees for every one lost to drought and/or invasive species in developed parks.
  • Clean water and air: We are in the middle of an extensive project to revitalize Lindo Lake, the only natural lake in San Diego which has been significantly impacted by drought.
  • Invasive species mitigation: To protect against wildfires and to preserve natural habitats, staff undergo daily patrols and maintenance projects to remove invasive plants and treat trees affected by invasive pests. 

Volunteer Events

We're hosting a tree pruning event at Louis A. Stelzer County Park on Wednesday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Park staff will be available to hand out gloves and tools for all participants. Click here to follow the Facebook event. 

Join us on April 24 - 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a volunteer tree planting event at Felicita County Park. Materials will be provided. Click here to follow the Facebook event.

Exercise your green thumb while growing healthy produce and saving money at Sweetwater Community Garden. Personal garden plots are available in various sizes; click here to view the official flyer.

Video Premieres

four-part video series we helped produce on invasive species along San Diego’s waterways will air on San Diego River Park’s YouTube channel, the week of April 19 to 22.

DIY Activities

We’ve also brought back some DIY activities for the kids and teens, which can be downloaded and enjoyed at any time:

Get crafty with a simple DIY project! Learn how to create a decorative Earth Day piece with materials you can find in your home. Click here to follow along. 

We hope you will tune into, volunteer at, and download this year’s Earth Day activities.

Questions? Contact Jessica Geiszler.

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