With the constant media attention to the environment, Earth Day has become big news during its 51-year history. The annual celebration of Mother Nature takes place every April 22, and this year brings a range of ways to contribute. Even if you don’t have time to participate in a beach cleanup or attend a plant sale, it’s as easy as shopping for a new pair of sneakers.
Protect and restore Florida’s famous natural treasure with these cool kicks. The Webster and Vans collaborated on an exclusive sneaker for Friends of the Everglades. The archival Bold Ni LX low-top comes in embossed croc leather in egret white, hemlock green and bridal rose. Though sized from 5-13 for men, women can also wear the unisex style. thewebster.us
Before the term clean beauty became a thing, Dr. Barbara Sturm transformed the beauty industry through natural ingredients and scientific research. The skin-care brand also operates stores with spa treatment rooms in London, Los Angeles and Düsseldorf. A two-story location for regular and express services like the signature Instant Glow Facial debuts in the Miami Design District soon. drsturm.com
Orlando Estrada, a Brooklyn-based artist who focuses on environmental issues, returns to his childhood stomping ground of Miami for his first solo show. Part of Miami Beach’s Open House program that presents exhibitions in vacant stores, his large-scale installation titled “The Infinite Vision in the Ethereal Rainbows Swarming Behind my Eyelids Reveals a Beacon” is on view from April 27-June 10. basfisherinvitational.com
The pandemic inspired many people to beautify their yards and try gardening. Whether you have a green thumb or not, botanical gardens’ plant sales are great sources to learn about which specimens grow well here and other tips. Fairchild Garden’s online plant sale runs through April 25, while Mounts Botanical Garden’s in-person Spring Plant Sale occurs April 24-25. mounts.org | fairchildgarden.org
Expose little ones to being stewards of the earth at several family-friendly events. The Miami Beach Botanical Garden’s celebration with yoga, dining, an eco market and film screening happens April 22, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast hosts Earth Fest on April 24 from noon to 3 p.m. The afternoon includes games and a guest speaker. mbgarden.org | childrensmuseumtc.org
Several local beach cleanups are taking place on Earth Day, but Florida Oceanographic Society in Hutchinson Island organizes monthly cleanups around Martin County. Since the 1960s, the environmental nonprofit has collected trash on causeways and beaches like Stuart, Jensen and Waveland. Register for group cleanups through its website or download the MyCoast app for ongoing, independent cleanups. floridaocean.org