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An outdoor music and arts festival spread across eight US cities began its third annual weekend celebration of Earth Day today.

The Green Apple Music & Arts Festival, tagged as “America’s largest Earth Day celebration”, will host eight free outdoor concerts in Washington and New York amongst other venues from Friday through until Sunday.

Amongst the acts scheduled to perform as part of the free gigs are Juliette And The Licks, The Neville Brothers and Martin Sexton. Intimate gigs around the venues will also be held from artists including Kate Nash, They Might Be Giants, The Bravery and Saul Williams.

The event, a collaborative effort between the Earth Day Network and Chase Bank, is designed to raise awareness for for the environment and coincide with Earth Day, this Sunday (20th).

One blogger, AllMySons, is excited about the prospect of such an event taking place where people can experience the taste of organic foods and observe the arts, educational messages and live acts.

“Hopefully it will help give ideas to people, who go just for the music and food, about how they can help out just by doing the little things.”

A clip of last year’s event in San Francisco can be seen here.

http://environmentalnewsonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=101&Itemid=55

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The annual Earth Day observance takes place on April 22nd and approximately one billion people from all over the world are expected to participate in the promotional event that hopes to raise awareness for the environment and the Earth in general.

So what is happening to celebrate this cause?

Fans of music will be able to see a number of top artists perform at the Green Apple Festival, a weekend of environmental awareness “culminating on Sunday, April 20th with eight free festivals occurring simultaneously at landmark locations across the U.S.” Musicians scheduled to perform around the cities over the weekend include Kate Nash, Saul Williams, Juliette & The Licks and The Roots.

Closer to home, Deepdale Farm will play host to the North Norfolk Coast Earth Day Event. The six-hour exhibition is free to the public and takes place on Earth Day itself, April 22nd, 10am-4pm.

In the online world, Vegan Girl Next Door has reported that a free digital copy of the Vegetarian Times magazine has been released online with the idea that every online page turned is helping to save trees commonly used for publishing. To read the free magazine, click here

Sticking with the internet, a Youtube video by user ‘everydayuncommon‘ has set out to spread the word about an online project from NerdFighters. A post made on their online forum explains that the aim is for users worldwide to “head out into our very own communities and do some clean up… garbage on the side of the road… clean up a local spring/pond/lake/river/beach/etc… pick up trash in a park… or a nature trail… whatever! Then weigh the collected debris and report back to me and I can tally all the waste collected.”

If you are looking to get in on the action yourself and still need ideas, the Earth Day Network has a number of tips on how they feel you can make a difference. There’s also a forum where you can participate in discussions and even make suggestions of your own.

Don’t forget to join the Earth Day Facebook group for more information.

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