Your guide to the coolest eco events
that you must attend, support or at least tweet:

The Official Why:

On Sunday, April 25, Earth Day Network will organize a massive climate rally on The National Mall to demand Congress pass strong legislation. The Climate Rally will include notable speakers Reverend Jesse Jackson, film director, James Cameron, AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka, Olympic gold medalist, Billy Demong, producer, Trudie Styler, author, Margaret Atwood, NFL player and television personality, Dhani Jones, environmental photographer Sebastian Copeland and many more. The Climate Rally will also feature live music from Sting, John Legend, The Roots, Jimmy Cliff, Passion Pit, Bob Weir, Willie Colón, Joss Stone, Robert Randolph, Patrick Stump, Mavis Staples, Booker T, Honor Society and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

The EcoPop Why:

No offense to all the other U.S. Earth Day events but this is the Big One. This is the event where your voice will be heard by the people who need to hear it. This is the biggest single event focused on demanding Congress pass strong climate legislation.  This is where Sting will be.

Lordy, lordy Earth Day’s 40 but it’s not wearing black and complaining about being Over the Hill. It’s marching right up to the Hill and demanding that it get it’s act together.  Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joseph Lieberman are unveiling the long awaited and often stalled climate bill on Monday, the 26th, the day after the Climate Rally.  Don’tcha think it will help the cause if they can point to massive public support demonstrated at the Climate Rally? I do!  Don’t live in DC? You have no excuse. The Earth Day Network is sponsoring free buses from New York City, Philadephia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Charleston WV, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Baltimore. RSVP here. Don’t live on the East Coast? Ok, you have an excuse. Sorta. But come on, it’s nice in DC! I promise. We have a new plastic bag tax in place (which lowered bag use from 22 million to 3 million bags in one freaking month!),  gay marriage is legal and Top Chef is shooting here this very minute! You might run into Padma!

If you really, truly can’t make it then you can support the cause by helping Earth Day Network achieve a Billion Acts of Green. At the core of Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary program is the Billion Acts of Green campaign. That goal is to show that millions of us are committed to saving the planet through actions big and small.  You simply go to the site and write one line starting with “I will…” and then what you are committed to doing. Mine is “I will call my Senator to support the climate bill.” Done. I love being counted! (I don’t live in DC anymore so I actually have a Senator…sorry, didn’t mean to rub in it guys and gals).

So pack your organic snacks and reusable water bottle and let’s show climate change deniers we know how to rock and rally. See you on the Mall!