Growing up and living in Miami, the beach, gardens, and small bits of natural life are a part of the community’s daily lives. However, living in a city such as this one comes with its challenges when it comes to the environment and its preservation of it. Throughout the city, trash is seen everywhere. Empty soda cups on the street, plastic lids, bottle caps and bits of it on beaches are seen just as much as plastic bags caught on bushes, tree branches and flying in the air even during traffic. You name any kind of garbage and you’ll most likely find yourself encountering it.

With climate change gaining an increasingly amount of attention throughout the last few years, incredible transitions have been made within the city along with laws, bills and other developments that are currently in the process as well. Creating awareness of the dangers of fast-moving temperature changes, animal struggles, and ecosystems dying is the goal in mind for those leading and fighting for the needed differences within the community and its accustomed careless lifestyle. Miami has certain areas where recycling and trash options are given all within one bin making it efficient to chuck out the item according to what you are throwing out. That’s just one of the many necessary additions Miami requires.

With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, although environmental consciousness should be practiced on the daily, there are endless activities to spend the big day helping the earth and making Miami a better-looking and cleaner city. Here are a few of the many events going on during Earth Day and the days leading up to it:

Earth Day at the Miami Botanical Garden

Recycle Runway Fashion Show by Alexis Carballosa – A night of fashion on April 18th, featuring a runway show fabricated from recycled products. Meet the organizations and learn what you can do to protect the planet and how you can become a leader for others to lead to a better environmental future. A night celebrating Mother Earth through fashion and film. View haute designs using recycled materials created by Alexis Carballosa. Bring a blanket to watch a documentary film screening of the award-wining documentary – Salt of The Earth, in conjunction with the Brazilian Film Festival in Miami. Meet artist Deryn Cowdy for her opening reception of Gilded Gardens. Earth conscious vendors, native plant giveaway, food and beverages for purchase. Register for free.

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Earth Day Sunset Celebration and Beach Clean-Up

Build up the Earth Day spirit by heading down to the Freehand Hotel in Miami Beach on April 19th to check out sustainable pop-up shops, pumpin music from a great lineup of DJs, and take part in an eventful beach clean-up. Get down the right way nearing the special day by lavishing in organic surroundings, like-minded people, and giving a helping hand. Register here.

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Earth Day Celebration and Egg hunt at the Wynwood Yard

Bringing the family together and teaching others about the consequences of environmental neglecting and lifestyle changes that are more beneficial and can assist with climate change is a great way to create awareness. And what an even more enjoyable time with an added bonus for the kids with an egg hunt on April 20th! This all-ages event is sure to be a blast with an added earthy spin to the yearly holiday tradition. So whip out those straws and cups and make sure to head down to the Yard for some fun! Register here.

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Nautilus by Arlo Spring Fest

To celebrate Earth Day in style, Nautilus by Arlo is hosting a Miami version of the brand’s signature SpringFest celebration April 20th & 21st, bringing together musicians, eco-friendly pop-up shopping, wellness activities and more. Live DJs will create an upbeat atmosphere for morning yoga, Braiser Beauty skincare pop-ups, Shaimir henna tattoos and natural soap pop-ups, CBD Kombucha tastings and more. Event is free to attend, just RSVP.

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Sunrise Yoga Flow

If you’re looking to start your Earth Day off right, then head to the Sunrise Yoga Flow that will be taking place on Miami Beach April 22nd! Cherish the wonderful sounds of the waves and appreciate the quietness and natural surroundings as you are guided through a session of relaxing yoga. Class is $30 for non-members and includes access to the spa facilities for the day including showers, steam room, jacuzzi and fitness center. The event will be held at Exhale Miami. RSVP here.

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Do Your Own Thing

One of the most common, but never too routine-like activities, is a classic beach-cleanup! Round up some friends, snacks, music, cleaning gear and spend your day at a beach or going around different beaches picking up the heavy trash that fills Miami’s most natural and stunning aspects of this city. Do your part and do it in an enjoyable way with after going for a dip after a long and well time spent making this place a more breathable and livable environment.

Cover Photo by Miami New Times.