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Photograph: Earth Day Initiative
Photograph: Earth Day Initiative

Five ways to celebrate Earth Day in NYC

Earth Day is back, and this year it’s happening in person. Find out how to mark this annual day of ecological consciousness with events across New York

Written by Rosemary Waugh in association with Bowery Farming
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Each year, Earth Day arrives to remind us to take good care of the world around us and develop more sustainable, eco-conscious ways of living. The theme of the 52nd Earth Day is ‘Invest In Our Planet’ and, as always, there are plenty of ways to get involved throughout New York. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite events, including bee-keeping talks, zero-waste crafting, and maverick urban farming projects that will help rewild America.

Queens Farm has been a functioning farm since 1697, making it one of the oldest bits of arable land in New York State. Sign up for their Earth Day Volunteer Service Day and get stuck in mulching, weeding, composting, and tiding. Along with getting great gardening tips, you’re also welcome to attend talks with the beekeeper and take a tractor-drawn hayride.

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Union Square is the epicenter of Earth Day celebrations in NYC. Seek out Bowery Farming’s stall at this year’s Earth Day Initiative Event – it’ll be easy to spot thanks to a gorgeous floral installation from Fox Fodder Farm – and learn about innovative vertical farming techniques, repurposing urban land, and, crucially, kick-starting US-wide rewilding projects.

The global events of 2020 and 2021 forced the Earth Day Initiative Event to go online. This year, the festival is back in-person in Union Square, but they’re keeping a cracking line-up of online speakers too - meaning you can take part no matter where you are in the world. Get inspired with talks on activism, sustainability, and community.

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