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It’s time to celebrate, because this month (April 22, to be exact) … Earth Day Turns 40! And the lineup of events around the world is bigger and better than ever.

Portland, Ore.
Eco enthusiasts are invited to lace up their sneakers and run for the planet. The annual Earth Advantage Earth Day Run takes place on April 24 and includes a 10K run and a 5K run/walk. The event isn’t just for athletes, though. The Earth Advantage National Center — the starting and finishing lines for the race — is also the site of live entertainment and demonstrations focused on sustainable living.

New York
Shop to save the planet. Christie’s International is hosting its first green charitable auction, A Bid to Save the Earth. The online auction runs April 8 to 29 — items up for bid include lunch with Vera Wang and a cooking experience with chef Alice Waters — and culminates in a star-studded live auction on Earth Day. Not on the VIP list? Watch the auction on Christies.com. Proceeds will benefit environmental organizations.

Charlotte, N.C.
The best eco ideas can be found at the third annual Charlotte Clean and Green festival. The U.S. Green Building Council and the Sierra Club are among the founding partners of the event, which takes place on April 17. The festival features free workshops and hands-on activities for kids, as well as live entertainment, green vendors and organic foods.

Washington, D.C.
With a focus on the future of green, the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting the People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition. Students have come up with innovative strategies to address environmental issues, including advanced approaches to solar energy and how to use wastewater to create biogas . The expo is at the National Mall the weekend of April 24 and includes interactive activities for safeguarding the environment.

The Toronto Zoo is hosting an Earth Day event for pint-size planeteers. Party for the Planet takes place on April 18 and features kids’ games, environmental trivia, zookeeper talks and special animal encounters. Henry the Recycling Hornbill will be on-site to teach kids about the three Rs.

Japan’s annual shindig is reputed to be the largest Earth Day celebration in the world, drawing crowds that top 125,000. This year, festivalgoers will descend upon Yoyogi Park and Harajuku on April 17 and 18 to watch street performers, listen to local bands and taste organic produce. Vendors will be set up throughout the park selling ecofriendly products.