Earth Day Pittsburgh 2021 (Thurs., 4/22/21)

View from near the top of Blue Knob Mountain.

View from near the top of Blue Knob Mountain at Blue Knob State Park.

The big Earth Day celebrations that the city of Pittsburgh usually holds have been pushed back to June and September/October this year. That doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the day of appreciation of our planet home. We are very fortunate in Pittsburgh to be surrounded by so much natural beauty: rivers, lakes, and mountains. And we don’t have to go very far to partake in this splendor. Pittsburgh has several shinning gems of city parks. Allegheny County is no slouch either with several beauties too. And the Allegheny Land Trust has been steadily adding to its portfolio of green spaces. The Pennsylvania State Parks offer all kinds of recreation from mild to wild, including the focal point of our fair city—Point State Park. Another key player is the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy who have long protected and acquired new land tracts for the public trust.

Another way to honor Mother Earth is to cut back on each of our own carbon footprints. There are many ways to do so. Our servers at Entertainment Central are on a host that is carbon neutral. Also we can all work to reduce pollution in our communities. Whatever manner in which you choose to observe Earth Day, enjoy the day!

Here’s two helpful articles for greener living:

https://www.austintexas.gov/blog/top-10-ways-reduce-your-carbon-footprint-and-save-money

https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/greener-living

The downstream view of Laurel Hill Creek from the bridge.

The downstream view of Laurel Hill Creek from the bridge at Laurel Hill State Park.

Sunlight streaming down from an opening in the tree canopy creates a wonderfully enlightened spot in the forest.

Sunlight streaming down from an opening in the tree canopy creates a wonderfully enlightened spot in the forest at Laurel Hill State Park.

Old growth hemlocks standing tall.

Old growth hemlocks standing tall at Laurel Hill State Park.

And nearby West Virginia is wild and wonderful.

Photos and video by Rick Handler.