by Hadley Barndollar, New Hampshire Bulletin
Mother Nature is a hallmark of the Granite State, and rightfully so – from the White Mountains, to Jenness State Beach, to Lake Winnipesaukee.
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and events are taking place around New Hampshire to honor, protect, and educate about the environment. Founded in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated every April, shining a light on topics like pollution, deforestation, wildlife, climate change, sustainability, and political action.
Here are seven fairs, festivals, and cleanups to partake in this weekend around the state:
Nashua Sustainability Fair
The city of Nashua will hold its first sustainability fair on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an event “focused on bringing the community together to learn more about sustainable projects, practices, and organizations in Nashua.”
At the Nashua Public Library plaza, there will be dozens of local community groups and vendors, an electric vehicle showcase, bike repair clinic, thrift fashion show at noon, games and activities for kids, raffle prizes and giveaways, food trucks, and a DJ.
Durham Earth Day Electric Vehicle Showcase
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 66 Main Street, the town of Durham will hold its 2023 Earth Day event, featuring a showcase with more than 15 electric vehicles from local owners, including some of the latest models.
Local auto dealers will also be on site with electric vehicles for display, and attendees can get information about community power aggregation – an option soon coming to Durham. There will also be information on home energy improvements and rebates, composting, and sustainable agriculture.
Monadnock Region Earth Festival
Hosted by the Monadnock Food Co-op, Monadnock International Film Festival, and Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition, the Monadnock Region Earth Festival will take place in downtown Keene on Saturday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m.
Celebrating “a commitment to ever-greater sustainability, healthy communities for all, and preserving and sustaining our planet, which is increasingly threatened by the impacts of climate change,” there will be a “Drive Electric Expo,” barbecue food, performers, and other activities.
NH Audubon Earth Day Celebration
At New Hampshire Audubon’s Massabesic Center in Auburn, this year’s Earth Day celebration will see family-friendly activities, guided nature walks, bluebird nest box building sessions, animal ambassadors, master gardeners, and more.
It will take place on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Earth Day community cleanup in Manchester
Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, the city’s Department of Public Works, Economic Development Office, and school district will host a cleanup day on Saturday, April 22.
Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., participants are encouraged to clean up neighborhoods all over the city. People can pick up materials – like bags and gloves – and drop off garbage at five locations: Jewett Street School, Northwest Elementary, Hillside Middle School, Beech Street School, and Victory Park.
Portsmouth Sustainability Fair
On Friday, April 21, from 4 to 7 p.m., the Portsmouth Public Library will host the Portsmouth Sustainability Fair at the Connie Bean Recreation Center, featuring over 30 local organizations committed to combating climate change.
City departments will be on site to gather input about Portsmouth’s climate future, as well as groups like the UNH Sustainability Institute, Blue Ocean Society, Southeast Land Trust, and Mr. Fox Composting.
EVs, solar, and a hike at Gilmanton Earth Day
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gilmanton Year Round Library, people are encouraged to bring their electric vehicles to share experiences, as well as check out solar panels and energy storage at the library. At 2 p.m., attendees will embark on an “all people’s hike.”
The event is a partnership between the Gilmanton Energy Committee, New Hampshire Sierra Club, Univix Power Solutions, Gilmanton Year Round Library, and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op.
This story was written by Hadley Barndollar, a reporter at New Hampshire Bulletin, where this story first appeared.
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