As Earth Day approaches, individuals and organizations across Alabama are gearing up to celebrate the planet and promote sustainable living practices. From electric vehicle expos to recycling events and educational programs for all ages, there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a positive impact on the environment. Whether you’re a long-time environmental activist or simply looking to learn more about sustainability, these Earth Day events offer something for everyone. In this round-up, we highlight four of our favorite Earth Day events happening across the state, all focused on promoting eco-friendly practices and raising awareness about the importance of protecting our God-given planet.

Drive Electric Earth Day – Birmingham, AL

Owners of Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model Y, Rivian, BMW iX and many more will be on hand to answer questions about their vehicles’ comfort, range, price and more at Saturday’s  Drive Electric Alabama Earth Day Electric Vehicle Showcase at The Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham.

“Many people still have questions about EVs, and the people who own and drive them have the answers,” said Mark Bentley, Executive Director of the Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition, one of the event’s organizers. “This is an easy way to learn more about EVs, which give off zero emissions, are economical to drive and contribute to the creation of high-paying jobs here in Alabama.”

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Celebrate Trails Day – Birmingham, AL

Also located at Pepper Place, presented by Protective Life, enjoy an additional vendor area featuring live music, non-profits, and giveaways. Started by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Celebrate Trails Day is an annual spring celebration of America’s trails and trail networks that takes place on the fourth Saturday of April. This year, Celebrate Trails Day falls on Saturday, April 22, and will be extra special because it’s also Earth Day.

To learn more + to enter to win great prizes courtesy of the 2023 Celebrate Trails Day sponsors and supporters—including Premier Sponsor Athletic Brewing Company; CDC #Active People; Hydro Flask #ParksForAll; Warm Peet; The Pomeroy Foundation; Mirrcyle; Sportsbackers; EARTHDAY.ORG; Catrike; Pure Cycles; NEMO Equipment; Patagonia of Alexandria, VA; the Nation Cycling League; REI; Latino Outdoors; Primal #PrimalWear—please visit ➡️

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Shred and Recycle – Orange Beach, AL

Presented by Heather Loper Team – Keller Williams Alabama Gulf Coast, this free community event happening at The Wharf is providing an opportunity for shredding old documents and recycling old electronics. The first 100 people will also receive a gift card to Maho Shades!

Shred-It representatives will be on hand to securely process all documents for shredding. All old electronics will benefit Ransom Ministries – a local nonprofit electronics recycling service organization helping people reenter the workforce. No televisions will be accepted.

Earth Day Celebration – Mobile, AL

The Mobile Japanese Gardens will host its second annual Earth Day Celebration for the whole family. There will be special events such as a Drive Electric, EV Show and Kid’s Story Time as well as live music, food trucks, lawn games, and more. A highlight of the community event will be upcycled art from local artist J.D. Swiger. Free hot dogs for the first 100 visitors and free t-shirts and plants while supplies last.

Love Your Community is a litter-reduction program of Mobile County Commission and Keep Mobile Beautiful in collaboration with Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust and Clean Water Future.