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4 fun ways to celebrate Earth Day in Atlanta (Updated)

Earth Day is Friday, April 22. Here are 4 fun ways to celebrate in Atlanta this year:

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Tap your inner artist: Watch local artists, Amanda Emmo and Michelle Mitchell (members of the Georgia Chalk Artists Guild) create a giant, whimsical chalk drawing at Colony Square starting at 7 a.m. on April 22.

At 11 a.m., the community can join in to add finishing touches to the work of art which will feature Mother Earth and fantastical plants and animals. The event takes place in Colony Square’s Plaza at the corner of 15th and Peachtree Streets. It is free and open to the public.


Plant some pollinators: Visit FloatAway Community's Earth Day Buzz celebration on Friday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. FloatAway tenants and guests are invited to help plant a pollinator garden in Nickel Bottom Garden , encouraging pollinator diversity and natural abundance in the area.

The Garden is located in Zonolite Park, an industrial site turned ecologically diverse greenspace which provides the Morningside area with greenery, walking trails, picnic tables, a thriving native meadow, bog & creek ecosystems and bird-watching. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for participants. Bring work gloves and a hand trowel. FloatAway Community, 1075-1145 Zonolite Rd., Atlanta.

Bike for a burger: Ride your bike to either YEAH! Burger location on April 22 and get a free burger (entrée item must be $8.49 or less). Before you start thinking of sneaky ways to get over on this deal, know that you may be required to show your bike for the discount. YEAH! Burger is one of the most eco-friendly restaurants in America. Local locations are in Westside, 1168 Howell Mill Road and Virginia-Highland, 1017 N. Highland Ave. The offer is good all day (both locations close at 11 p.m.)

Shop for new eco-friendly denim: On Earth Day, True Religion is introducing (D)Hydrate Denim, a new innovative fabric treatment that uses less water, waste and energy in order to protect natural resources without compromising high quality details True Religion is known for. The line features high and low contrasts, phantom back pockets stitched on the inside and a hang tag made out of sustainable forest paper. (D)Hydrate is available in a boyfriend and super skinny fit for women and a skinny and a slim fit for men. They cost $229. Get them online at or True Religion, Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

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