Long Beach Cleans Up For Earth Day

Multiple events are taking place around Long Beach in honor of Earth Day on April 22.

 Earth Day aims at raising awareness of environmental issues such as climate change and pollution. This year the Long Beach community is dedicating earth day to cleaning up beaches and parks throughout the city. 

The Aquarium of the Pacific is holding a beach cleanup on April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Participants will meet in front of the aquarium at 8:30 a.m. and then walk to nearby habitats to remove the trash. Attending the beach clean-up is free and supplies for cleaning will be provided. 

In addition to the beach clean-up, the Aquarium is also holding its annual Earth Day Celebration. The celebration will be from April 23 to 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will feature performances from the Long Beach Symphony throughout the Aquarium. Guests will be able to participate in mural painting at The Art Miles Mural project and create art at the “Draw with Us: Earth” mini art class. 

In addition to the art projects going on at the event, guests can see the winning pieces from the Earth Day Art Contest, hear from the winners of the aquarium’s poetry contest and see fashion created from recycled materials from the Trashin Fashion Contest. General admission tickets are required for the Earth Day Celebration and can be purchased at aquariumofthepacific.org

For those that want to celebrate Earth day with some exercise, the Earth Day 5K, 10K, 15K, and Half Marathon will be taking place on April 23 starting at 7:00 a.m. The run is being put on by A Better World Running and will follow the beach walking paths on Bay Shore Beach. Check-in for the event will be on 5400 East Ocean Blvd. and race day registration prices range from $30 to $45 depending on the length of the run. Registration can be purchased at abetterworldrunning.com

Steelcraft and Terrasage Home are hosting an Earth Day Workshop featuring eco-friendly plant potting. The workshop will focus on drought tolerant plants such as cactus and succulents which will be planted in terracotta pots. The workshop will take place on April 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Steelcraft Long Beach. 

Multiple beach clean-ups are taking place throughout the weekend along the entire coast of Long Beach. Environmental conservation organization Recycle for Veterans is hosting a beach clean-up on April 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Belmont Pier. The clean-up will cover up to three miles of the beach and equipment will be provided. After the cleanup volunteers will sort through trash for recyclables and team leaders from the organization will provide education on conservation, sustainability, and environmentalism. 

Be sure to help your community this Earth Day by participating in events throughout the weekend. Let us know what is happening in your neighborhood at longbeachlocalnews@gmail.com.

By Morgan Trivitt

Photo courtesy of the Trashin Fashion Content at the Aquarium of the Pacific