Earth Day Happenings: A Selection


This year’s Earth Day will be a little closer to normal, now that more of us are vaccinated. However, there are still a lot of virtual events to choose from. How about going on a virtual tour of Hillwood’s horticulture, catching Spike Mendelsohn’s PLNT Burger pop-up in Georgetown or testing your environmental knowledge at a trivia night? Read on for these and other ways to spend Earth Day: April 22, 2021.

Spike Mendelsohn Launches PLNT Burger Pop-Up Today 

In celebration of Earth Day, celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn and his PLNT Burger team will be hosting a community pop-up from noon to 8 p.m. today, Thursday, April 22. The pop-up will be hosted with D.C. Cultural Architect Ian Callender and his Sandlot Southeast team. Sandlot will be opening in May and expanding on its original Southeast D.C. location. There will be cold-pressed cocktails from local Black-owned juice bars and a fully equipped food truck for rotating Black-owned restaurants, chefs and caterers in partnership with Uber Eats’ Social Impact Program. PLNT Burger will be giving away its quinoa cashew crunch salad to its first 100 guests at the pop-up. Location: where M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue enter Georgetown and meet in front of the Four Seasons Hotel, 2715 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Virtual Tour at Hillwood Museum 

Jessica Bonilla, director of horticulture, will be leading a virtual tour of Hillwood’s conservation efforts. The virtual event will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. More information can be found at hillwoodmuseum.org.

Earth Day-Themed Trivia Night at National Building Museum

Think you know all things climate and sustainability? You’ll want to try the Earth Day-themed virtual trivia night sponsored by the National Building Museum. From 6:30 to 8 p.m., you can participate in the free event. The event will launch NBM Climate Action at the National Building Museum, which will focus on climate change and the leadership roles engineers, landscape architects and the like will need to play to protect the planet.

National Museum of the American Indian’s Living Earth Virtual Festival

The museum’s annual festival, including film screenings and cooking demonstrations, will bring together Native innovators and practitioners who use Indigenous knowledge to protect the environment. Visit americanindian.si.edu for details.

Donovan. Photo by Tony Evans.

Making Donovan’s ‘Eco-Song’ an Earth Day Tradition

What’s old is new again — and a new Earth Day tradition. “Eco-Song” consists of 21 songs written and recorded over the years by ’60s and ’70s legend Donovan on climate change. Donovan and his wife Linda have been activists regarding environmental issues for 50 years, starting with his hit song “Riki Tiki Tavi” in 1969. He dedicates the album to climate activist Greta Thunberg — and has admirers “Diggin’ The Future Now.“ We’re listening now.

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