mayor cleanupIt’s almost Earth Day, y’all!

This is the day each year we focus on the well-being of our home, our planet. The global environment-focused day of awareness and action, started by the United Nations in 1969, is marked officially this year on April 22. Nashville gets into the act on Saturday, April 23. If you care about our fair city and the health of our planet, join in the work, commemoration, and fun! Bring your neighbors, your friends, your kids — we all have a stake in this.

As part of marking Earth Day, Music City’s progressive Mayor Megan Barry is leading a brand new effort this Saturday to keep Nashville beautiful. I’ll let her tell you about it; keep reading.

Saturday, April 23, is our first inaugural Citywide Spring Cleanup – a day for Nashvillians to come together to make Nashville and Davidson County a better and prettier place to live, work and visit.
In partnership with Comcast and its Comcast Cares Volunteer programs, 48 cleanups and beautification events have already been scheduled throughout the city. Find one near you to join. Supplies will be provided to registered cleanups, so it is easy to lend a hand.
Throughout the day, share your photos and stories from your cleanups using the hashtag #NashvilleCleanUp so we can showcase your hard work. After the cleanup, come to Centennial Park for a fun Earth Day celebration with live music, food trucks and more.
Nashville is a beautiful city, and it takes all of us to keep it that way. Please join us this Saturday.
The celebration the mayor mentions is Nashville’s Earth Day Festival. The event, which runs from 11 am-6 pm, features live entertainment, exhibits, and educational hands-on activities designed to teach Nashvillians about green living and protecting our environment. The festival will boast more than 100 booths hosted by community groups, environmental organizations, and government agencies. The event is free and geared to all ages. (And you’re encouraged to ride your bike — there will be free bike valet parking, courtesy of Walk/Bike Nashville.)
nv earth dayThe event offers so much to do:

Check out the live music schedule

Buy locally grown produce and locally made products in the Green Market.

Enjoy some locally brewed beer in the Beer Garden.

And bring items for recycling and disposal:

  • Usable Clothing, Shoes and Books – Bring usable clothing, shoes and donations for Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee.
  • Handheld Electronics, batteries and CFL’s – bring your old hand-held electronics (cell phones, mp3 players, tablets, laptops, digital picture frames, e-readers, cables, etc.), batteries (rechargeable or household batteries) and compact fluorescent bulbs for proper recycling at the Metro Beautification/Public Works booth.
  • Unused or Expired Pharmaceuticals – Bring your unused or expired pharmaceuticals for safe and proper disposal at the Metro Nashville Police Department’s exhibit.
  • Visit the Reuse Village and bring any creative supplies, along with ink and toner cartridges and used cell phones, for Turnip Green Creative Reuse.
  • Bring canned fruit and vegetables as well as packaged nonperishable foods for donation to the Community Food Advocates.

Get more info at the Nashville Earth Day site, including how to use public transportation to travel to Centennial Park for the event.

This is the definition of a win – win — you’ll have fun while doing good. If you care about the planet and our little piece of it — and you do if you are a true progressive; this is activism, y’all — be there and take part.  It’s for Mother Earth!

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