is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day was founded on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, soon it was taken to an international level by 1990. Currently the day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. The day was conceived on this day in order to maximize participation on college campuses. Senator, Gaylord Nelson (the creator of the holiday), determined the week of April 19–25 was the best bet as it did not fall during exams or spring breaks. Moreover, it did not conflict with religious holidays such as Easter or Passover, and was late enough in spring to have decent weather. More students were likely to be in class, and there would be less competition with other mid-week events—so he chose Wednesday, April 22.
Holland-area businesses and organizations are celebrating Earth Day with films, festivals and recycling drives. Here are some of the event events scheduled for area residents to get in the environmentalist spirit:
WHAT: Recycle your old electronics
WHERE: 86 E. Sixth St., Holland
WHEN: Noon-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; noon-3 p.m. Thursday
INFO: For details, call (616) 392-2383. Due to size restraints, unable to accept TVs, large appliances, air conditioners and large copiers.
WHAT: Computer and TV recycling collection
WHERE: Civic Center, 150 W. Eighth St., Holland
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30
INFO: Open to the public, residents and businesses; businesses can drop off 10 to 20 items for free, but are limited to one skid. For details, go to 5rprocessors.com/AcceptableItems.aspx.
WHAT: CityFlats Hotel Earth Day recycling drive
WHERE: CityFlats Hotel, 61 E. Seventh St., Holland
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon
COST: $3 charge for computer monitors and $10 for televisions; other electronics are free to recycle. Those who drop off goods will receive a discount coupon for CityVu Bistro’s Saturday breakfast.
INFO: Items accepted: computer equipment including monitors, printers, laptops, USBs, hard drives; televisions 27 inches and smaller remote controls, VCRs, DVD players; washers, dryers, irons, dishwashers, stoves, microwaves, answering machines, copy machines, fax machines, scanners, pagers, satellite dishes, stereos, power tools, car rims and bicycles.
Not accepted: air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers.
WHAT: Tree Huggers recycling event
WHERE: Tree Huggers, West Shore Mall, 12331 James St.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, bring in recyclables to enter raffles, kids activities; 5 to 8 p.m. vegan/vegetarian potluck with New Holland Brewing Co. and live entertainment by The Vandrie; 4 p.m. Saturday workshop with Average Joe Green; 6 p.m. Saturday screening of documentary “Tapped.”
WHAT: Hope College
celebrates Earth Day
• “Climate Refugees” film and a panel discussion, 7 p.m. Monday in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, 263 College Ave.
• “City of Holland — Developing a World Class Community Energy Plan” with Peter Garforth, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, 263 College Ave.
• “Green Coffeehouse” with local environmental organizations, live music and free CoolBeans coffee (bring your own mug), 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the DeWitt Center Kletz, 141 E. 12th St.
• “Thinking Green: Ethics for a Small Planet” with Karel Rogers, 4 p.m. Thursday in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, 263 College Ave.
INFO: The public is invited.