April 19, 2018


A few years ago, when my kids were young and impressionable, I baked a chocolate cake from scratch on Earth Day and told them that this is how our family celebrates this important global holiday. No one argued. To this day, both of them will say that our family tradition is to bake a chocolate cake on Earth Day. Okay, so they’re still young and impressionable and not fully aware of how much environmentalism and chocolatelism I have shoved down their cute little throats. But still.

I like the idea that we can decide how we celebrate holidays and create traditions.

This Sunday is Earth Day. How are you going to choose to celebrate?

I have some ideas…

Annie’s ideas for how to celebrate Earth Day 2018

  • Bake a chocolate cake (duh). Randomly pick one of these recipes and it will be delicious.
  • Go shopping today (April 19) at Whole Foods and they will donate 5% of sales in Northern California to the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Learn more here.
  • 510Families has a great list of activities in the East Bay. Technically I don’t think you have to be with your family to enjoy any of these events.
  • Share Reading the Redwoods with all the kids in your life. And teachers. And after school programs. Churches, synagogues, temples, neighborhood groups … share it with them too.
  • Attend the Earth Day Festival in San Francisco on Saturday, April 21.
  • Go to the beach.
  • Watch Planet Earth II.
  • Donate to your favorite environmental organization.
  • Follow Yes on Prop 68 on Facebook.
  • Hug a tree.

Whatever you choose to do, lean in and have fun.

Happy Earth Day,