Saturday marks the 54th Earth Day, when volunteer groups in the Columbus area hosting events from river and neighborhood cleanups to tree-planting and invasive species removal.
The first Earth Day in 1970 was a milestone in the American environmental movement. Twenty million Americans — around 10% of the population at the time — demonstrated on streets, parks and in auditoriums for regulations to curb air and water pollution. The movement gave rise to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, according to a history by the EPA.
Below are some of the larger events happening Saturday in different areas of Columbus as well as Delaware, Pickerington, Worthington and other places. You can also check out nonprofit Green Columbus’ list of more than four dozen Earth Day events happening in the area, many of them on Saturday though some were held earlier this week: https://www.earthdaycolumbus.org/volunteer