The theme for this year’s Earth Day is Restore Our Earth.

EarthDay.org is coordinating actions around the world April 20-22, and here in the Asheville area we have lots of events and activities going on all week. Here are some of our top picks:

Voices of the River Art & Poetry Contest (Sponsor: Riverlink) — Submission deadline Thursday, April 22

Bearwallow CCA Spring Hike (Sponsors: Mountain True & Creation Care Alliance [CCA]) — Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Resistance and Extinction: A Conversation about Thoreau, Loss and Hope (Sponsors: Center for Biological Diversity & The Thoreau Society) — Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m.

An Effective Bipartisan Solution for a Sustainable Future: An Online Workshop (Sponsors: Indivisible Common Ground WNC & Citizens Climate Lobby) — Thursday, April 22, 7-8 p.m.

Earth Day Cleanup Challenge 2021 (Sponsor: Mountain True) — Ongoing; April 6-30

Earth Day Vigil (Sponsor: Mountain True) — Sunday, April 25, 6-7:15 p.m.

As EarthDay.org sums up, “As the world returns to normal, we can’t go back to business as usual. Together, we can prevent the coming disasters of climate change and environmental destruction. Together, we can Restore Our Earth™.”