This year marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. It will be celebrated on Thursday, April 22 in many ways and in many countries. But what does Earth Day really mean?
In the US, Earth Day as it was named, is celebrated on April 22nd, having first started in 1970. Around the world, Earth Day is called different things and celebrated at different times, but the concept is still the same. It is a day (or period of time) for people to appreciate and focus on the Earth’s environment, either through events, fundraisers, celebrations, and other types of activities geared toward awareness.
In Western NC, we too, celebrate Earth Day. Some of the activities planned here include:
- Lunchtime Litter Walks (Tuesday, April 13, 20, & 27) – Pritchard Park – 12pm – 1pm
- Asheville Earth Day (Saturday, April 17) – Martin Luther King Park – 11am – 10pm.
- Asheville GreenWorks (Saturday, April 17) – One Stop Drop Recycling Bazaar – Charlotte Street Farmer’s Market – hard to recycle materials collected – 8am – 1pm
- Greening Up the Mountain (Saturday, April 24) – Sylva, NC (1 hour west of Asheville) – 10am – 4pm
- Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition – Into the Woods Auction & Fundraiser (Friday, April 23) – Coleman Place in downtown Asheville – 6pm – 9pm
At the Inn, I try to be aware of the purpose of Earth Day year-round, through an ongoing effort to green the Inn and to reduce waste and the environmental impact of operating this place. I wrote an earlier blog on my efforts at becoming green and those are ongoing. Even today, my son built a 4′ X 7′ garden box so that I can start growing my own vegetables, herbs and fruits for use in cooking here at the Inn. While a small gesture, it’s just one step in a checklist of things I am doing around here to become more eco-conscious.
As travelers, we all have the responsibility to pay attention to the amount of trash we create while on the road (we tend to produce more trash away from home than at home). We should also pay attention to the practices of the places we stay at and eat at and support those businesses that make an effort at eco-friendliness. In Asheville, there are plenty of accommodations and restaurants that are going green. Check out Posana Cafe and Green Sage Coffeehouse Cafe and you’ll be impressed, not only with their food, but with their “greenness.”
For me, Earth Day is something I try to be conscious of all year. But even if you only celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, many people can do a lot of good. Come to Asheville during our Earth Day celebrations, and you will receive a 40% discount off the 3rd night of your stay (between 4/13 – 4/27).