While Earth Day gets a lot of love on social media, via moving quotes, pretty images of our blue marble, and calls to action, few sentiments get as much play as the one that intones this: The eco-tastic holiday should be celebrated every day of the year, and not just on a single day in April.
But institutions that research the urgent issues surrounding our air and ocean and land take that important sentiment to heart. Places like The Aquarium of the Pacific approach each day as a day to further support and promote the tenets of sustainability, responsibility, and consideration for all earthlings who list, as their main address, Planet Earth.
There is a time to gather together, though, during the fourth month of the year, Earth Month, and the Long Beach-based aquarium will do just that on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. A host of organizations have signed on to participate in the weekend-long Earth Day Festival, from NOAA's National Weather Service to the National Marine Fisheries Service, and visitors can get more information on a full spectrum of environmental topics from everyone in attendance.
As for saying hello to the earthlings that call the aquarium home? The jellies and otters and crabs will all be there, of course. For mammal-sweet action head for the Marine Mammal Care Center, which is where visitors are invited to "participate in hands-on learning demonstrations."
Did you just say that you wanted to get rid of that old tablet or cell phone and score a tenner off your admission to the aquarium? You did? You're in luck, then: Bring something electronic to recycle and score ten bucks off your (adult) admission to The Aquarium of the Pacific.
You'll need to use that money-saver during the festival, note, so plan on going in on April 25 and 26. Bonus: That defunct phone won't be sitting in your key bowl any longer.
When's Earth Day? Well, yes, technically April 22, but as long as we're partaking in its beautiful gifts and wonders, like oxygen, water, soil, and the joy of living among a fascinating caboodle of creatures, every day is Earth Day.
Every minute is Earth Minute, in fact. Tick, tick...