WNC for the Planet, a collective of local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with virtual opportunities for environmental education, advocacy and community events across Western North Carolina.
When WNC for the Planet began in 2018, the collective launched an online community calendar at WNCforthePlanet.org where the public could learn about ways to celebrate Earth Day. Now that people are not able to gather in person, the collective has shifted the calendar to highlight the virtual ways the public can still be involved throughout the month of April.
“It pains us all to see trash scattered across our community, and in the past we have traditionally partnered with West Asheville Business Association, New Belgium and other local businesses like Pizza Mind and The Hop to provide volunteers with great perks to help clean up our streets. Although, we cannot encourage this type of group volunteer effort due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, there is still plenty you can do as an individual to celebrate Earth Month and positively impact our community! We have stocked our cleanup supply stations around town so that people can continue cleaning on their own, but please abide by the safety measures that are in place by our Governor,” Chelsea Rath, Asheville GreenWorks Community Engagement Coordinator.
WNC for the Planet is a proud supporter of Earth Day Network’s effort to build the world’s largest environmental movement to drive transformative change for people and planet. WNC for the Planet will feature virtual opportunities for environmental education, advocacy and community events for people of all ages. Engagement opportunities will be offered across Western North Carolina well beyond the City of Asheville by Conserving Carolina, MountainTrue, Asheville GreenWorks and other organizations.
Join WNC for the Planet partners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Those interested in learning more about virtual Earth Month opportunities can visit www.WNCforthePlanet.org.
Those involved include:
Friends of the Smokies
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
About WNC for the Planet: WNC for the Planet is a collective made up of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational, and recreational opportunities in recognition of Earth Month. We strive to unify our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region.
About Earth Network: Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.
WNC for the Planet is open to participation from additional organizations. Please contact WNCforthePlanet@gmail.com for more info.