Earth Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, April, 21, thousands will join forces to make a difference in California state parks and you can join them! Here are six reasons why you should participate in our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup, presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company:
1. You want to be a part of a global, civic-focused day of action
In 1970 Earth Day began and activated 20 million Americans, launching the modern environmental movement. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than a billion people every year, focusing on the fight for a clean environment. By being a part of our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, you’ll also be a part of this global day of action. Whether you can volunteer or just want to spend the day celebrating nature with your loved ones, we hope you get out to one of our amazing state parks this Earth Day!
2. You care about climate resiliency
This year presenting sponsor Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has funded a special round of grants for important projects that will help state parks in the face of natural disasters – to better cope with wildfires, drought and other environmental impacts in the short term, and to build resiliency to deal with the effects of climate change in the long term. Read more about these special projects.
3. You want to help restore and revitalize the parks you love!
This year over 40 beloved state parks will get support to complete special projects and needed maintenance on this day of service. You can join thousands of volunteers throughout California to construct and update structures for ADA compliance, clear trash and clean graffiti, remove invasive plants and replace them with native species, renovate campgrounds, maintain trails, paint a beautiful mural and more! Register to volunteer by April 16.
4. You like complimentary snacks
We know that projects such as weeding, planting, and painting take a lot of hard work! To keep you going throughout the day, Peet’s coffee, Subway, and Nature’s Path will be providing refreshments at parks across California!
5.You can participate even if you can’t volunteer
Can’t volunteer? You can still be a part of this special Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup by donating to CSPF to help repair and improve the parks you love! This year PG&E has offered to match all gifts made in honor of our Earth Day anniversary, up to $100,000! Double your gift now!
6. You can help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup
While every Earth Day is important, this one is especially exciting because it marks the 20th year of our Earth Day efforts at the California State Parks Foundation. Over the past two decades, our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup has mobilized nearly 80,000 volunteers, resulting in over 350,000 hours of work in our parks!