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Plenty of ways to thank the planet this Earth Day

Some of the 23 one-tonne globes placed along the seawall outside Science World are seen in downtown Vancouver, Thursday, April 22, 2010.


Show Mother Nature you appreciate all the miracles she works at Earth Day concerts, cleanups, tree plantings and more happening around the province.

At Vancouver's Everett Crowley Park, transform an old dump into a green refuge by helping to plant 1,500 trees and shrubs, then take in live performances, ecological exhibits and kids' stuff ( Saturday); on Commercial Drive, join the youth-minded Earth Day Parade and Festival ( Sunday); or head for Stanley Park, where you can help weed out invasive species at Earth Day Ivy Busters ( Sunday).

In Burnaby, check out the Wildlife Rescue Association's EarthFest 2012, where you can learn how to build bird and bee houses, find out about local wildlife and pick up green living tips ( Sunday). On the other side of the strait, tell those in power where you stand at Earth Walk Victoria, a march and rally at the B.C. Legislature that comes with speakers, live music, eco groups and more ( Saturday).

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If you want to help tidy the mess we humans leave behind, join forest, park and beach cleanups from Lynn Valley to Kits Beach, and from Prince George to Pemberton (

Then kick back at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre and catch UrtheCast president Scott Larsen discussing the world's first live high-def video feed of the only planet we've got.

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