By DeJanay Booth

(CBS DETROIT) — Friday marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day.

Local communities are celebrating by planting trees, participating in neighborhood cleanups and discussing sustainability.

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In Detroit, The Beacon Park Garden Tour will be hosted April 22-24. DTE’s “Connected to All: Environment + People + Community” event will help educate people about the plants and trees as part of the tour.

The free event, which is open to all ages, will feature artworks including paintings, photography, prints other art forms displayed outdoors for view and sale.

Educational sessions will also be hosted throughout the weekend on recycling and composting.

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Click here for more information and the schedule.

In addition, the Motor City Makeover kicked off Friday morning, which the Department of Neighborhoods districts 1, 2 and 7 participated in an Earth Day cleanup.

Meanwhile, Oakland County marked Earth Day with tree planting in Royal Oak Township.  The county planted five trees donated by The Detroit Zoo in the Mack-Rowe Park.

Still not sure how to celebrate Earth Day? Here are a few ideas:

  • Advocate for climate education
  • Encourage your school to take climate action
  • Pick up trash on your run
  • Calculate your carbon footprint
  • Calculate your plastic consumption
  • Organize a community cleanup
  • Switch to reusable bags

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