FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington will host several Earth Day events to spotlight the worldwide environmental movement, which goal is to protect the planet for future generations.

The UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition will host an Earth Day celebration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, on the Roberts Learning Center outdoor patio. UMF musical acts and food will be on hand to usher in the global event.

From 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, April 22, Denise Boothby, UMF registered nurse and health educator, along with students in her nutrition and ecological concerns class, will plant five heritage apple trees along Lincoln Street on the UMF campus. John Bunker, the founder of Fedco Trees and the Maine Heritage Orchard, will oversee the planting.

At 11:45 a.m., the Sustainable Campus Coalition and the Farmington Grange will sponsor a talk and discussion by Bunker on “How the Apple Shaped Maine History.” The talk will be in The Landing in the Olsen Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Later that day, Sustainable Campus Coalition students will participate in the third annual Farmington Earth Day Clean Up. Those interested can stop by the Pierce House on Main Street from 1 to 3 p.m. to help spruce up the downtown area. Bags and gloves will be available.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It is now coordinated by the Earth Day Network and celebrated by over one billion people in more than 193 countries across the globe. This year, the Paris Agreement, a historical climate protection treaty, is scheduled to be signed on Earth Day by more than 120 countries.

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