Earth Day celebrates green cities

A vertical garden on the walls of an apartment building in Bangkok, Thailand.
A vertical garden on the walls of an apartment building in Bangkok, Thailand.BARBARA WALTON/EPA

Earth Day which was first celebrated in 1970, is now celebrated annually on 22 April. This year’s global theme is Green Cities, encouraging residents to turn their cement cities into green and sustainable environments.

Mainers are celebrating Earth Day with events ranging from a search for invasive insects to a candidate for governor announcing his energy policy.

In one of the events Tuesday, state agencies are partnering with the town of Yarmouth to survey its ash trees for invasive Emerald Ash Borers from noon to 3 p.m.

Rhode Island officials are urging state residents to celebrate Earth Day by taking part in a cleanup or enjoying nature in state parks and beaches.


Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit says she hopes people participate in Earth Day events planned across the state Tuesday. She says Rhode Island has 14 state beaches, seven major state parks, 40,000 acres of state forestland, over 400 miles of shoreline and numerous bike paths.

A variety of succulents were on sale at a community hall in Cape Town, South Africa. This year’s Earth Day celebration emphasizes smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public organisers aim to transform cities and forge a sustainable future.

In Indonesia, students coated their bodies in mud and rolled a globe symbolizing the Earth during an Earth Day celebration in Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province.

The protesters were demanding the protection and preservation of Indonesia’s forests that are rapidly being converted in palm oil and agricultural plantations threatening the survival of endangered species.