Events and volunteer days will take place starting in March, with a complete — and growing — calendar online at www.wncfortheplanet.org/events/category/public-event. Events will be offered across Western North Carolina, from the Highlands of Roan to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“Earth Day might fall on April 22, but our fellow environmental nonprofits operate as if every day is Earth Day. Because of this, we’ve decided to focus on a month-long endeavor to encourage businesses and individuals alike to give back to our planet,” says Anna Zanetti, North Carolina Director of Friends of the Smokies.
WNC for the Planet’s Earth Month will culminate with a weekend of celebrations, including Kids Fest with RiverLink Saturday, April 21, and MountainTrue’s annual Earth Day Vigil with faith groups and a tree planting led by GreenWorks, both on Sunday, April 22.
Organizations involved include the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Asheville GreenW8orks, Bee City USA, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Carolina Mountain Club, Conserving Carolina, Energy Savers Network, Everybody’s Environment, Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway, Green Opportunities, the Hemlock Restoration Initiative, MountainTrue, National Parks Conservation Association, Organic Growers School, Riverlink, the local Sierra Club group, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Warren Wilson College and the University of North Carolina Asheville.