Earth Day 2011 Toronto

Earth Day 2011 events in Toronto

Earth Day 2011 happens to fall on Good Friday, which just means many events in Toronto have been scheduled more so throughout the coming week. If anything, I think the spread of events is good for the mantra behind Earth Day, and reinforces the idea that we need not just one special day during the year to demonstrate our commitment to the environment. Earth Day is now in its 41st year, and is celebrated in over 170 countries. Here in Toronto, many kicked off the week a few days ago by picking up trash with Rob Ford. Yes, the things we do for Mother Nature.

Here are some Earth Day events scheduled for the coming week:

GasLand: Screening and Discussion
When: Monday, April 18
What: Documentary screening on domestic gas drilling
Where: Annette Street Public Library
Cost: Free

Biodiversity In Toronto
When: Tuesday, April 19
What: Lecture on Toronto's biodiversity series
Where: Toronto Reference Library
Cost: Free

Celebrating 21 years of Earth Day in Canada
When: Wednesday, April 20
What: Networking with greenies, raise money for Earth Day Canada Charity
Where: Horizon's Lounge, CN Tower
Cost: $30

Keep it Green: Organic Lawn Care
When: Wednesday, April 20
What: Expert advice from Cathy Wall on how to grow and maintain an organic lawn
Where: Don Mills Library Branch, 888 Lawrence Ave. E.
Cost: Free

Centre for Environment Research Day
When: Wednesday, April 20
What: Research presentations by U of T faculty and graduate students on a variety of topics
Where: FACULTY CLUB, 2nd floor, 41 Willcocks St.
Cost: Free

Volunteers in Conversation
When: Wednesday, April 20
What: Discussion on how to improve environmental conditions worldwide
Where: Stella, 1261 Bloor Street West
Cost: Free

Earth Day at Downsview Park
When: Wednesday, April 20
What: Main stage, Green Pavilion, recycle yard, and more
Where: Downsview Park
Cost: Free

Earth Day Celebration
When: Thursday, April 21
What: Attempt to make world's longest picnic table, live music, opening of Evergreen Garden Market, and more
Where: Evergreen Brick Works
Cost: Free

Waterlife Conference
When: Thursday, April 21
What: Discussion on aquatic ecosystems around the world
Where: Royal Ontario Museum
Cost: Free

Earth Day at Toronto Botanical Garden
When: Thursday, April 21
What: Rain barrel design competition, potato challenge, and more
Where: Toronto Botanical Garden
Cost: Free garden tours from 12p.m. to 2p.m.

Party for the Planet
When: April 22 to April 25
What: Education, programs, EcoKids exploration
Where: Toronto Zoo
Cost: Free with admission

Earth Day Concert
When: Friday, April 22
What: Hydraulophone concert, which makes music using water
Where: The Music Gallery
Cost: Free

People's Assembly on Climate Justice
When: Saturday, April 23
What: Panels, workshops, info on how to reuse old t-shirts
Where: Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street
Cost: Pay what you can

Earth Day Festival
When: Saturday, April 23
What: Tree tour, opening of Bike Works, other eco-activities
Where: Evergreen Brick Works
Cost: Free

Have I missed something? Feel free to add a 2011 Earth Day event in Toronto to the comments below.

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