Earth Day 2014

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Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve.

It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. Over the next two years, with a focus on Earth Day 2014, the Green Cities campaign will mobilize a global movement to accelerate this transition. Join us in calling for a new era of green cities.

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year,making it the largest civic observance in the world.  Visit Earth Day Network

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What are you doing for Earth Day?
Here are some ways to celebrate ...

Going Solar

Join us on Wed. Apr. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carmel Clay Public Library to learn about the solar farm at the Indy airport and how you can take advantage of solar power on your home or business.  Read more and RSVP.

Make the Switch

Change your outdoor lights to CFLs for Earth Day. You'll save $100 a year in electricity and reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton of CO2 when you change 5 outdoor lights (the ones that are on all night) from a 60W incandescent to a 13W CFL. This is one of easiest ways to make a ton of difference this Earth Day!

Celebrate through Youth Art

In celebration of our earth, Carmel Green Initiative hosts an environmental art contest for K-12 youth.  The top art entries are on display at the Carmel Clay Public Library, Monon Center and Muldoon’s in the Arts & Design District.  These art exhibits give our youth a voice, empowering them to inspire others to live sustainably.  We hope their messages about saving energy, recycling, growing our own food, planting trees and more will raise awareness and help build a more sustainable community. Read more.

Electronics Recycling Fair

Saturday, Apr. 19, Noon to 2 p.m. at Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace. Also accepts metals, plastics, glass, rechargeable batteries, bikes and more.  Read more.

Noblesville Earth Day ArborFest

Saturday, Apr. 26, 9 a.m. to Noon at Forest Park in Noblesville.  In addition to the traditional tree giveaway, there will be a pancake breakfast, exhibitors, family games, artists, musicians and easy ways for you to recycle electronics, documents and bicycles!  Read more.

Document Shredding, Electronics & Appliance Recycling, Prescription Disposal, and Book Donations

Saturday, Apr. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carmel High School stadium parking lot. Read more.   

Earth Day Indiana Festival

Saturday, Apr. 26, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the White River State Park.  Read more.

Attend a Green Sermon

Epworth United Methodist Church will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, Apr. 27. The sermon will be about caring for God's creation. Services are at 8:45 a.m. (traditional service) and 11:00 a.m. (contemporary).  Read more.

JCC Earth Day Community Celebration

Sunday, Apr. 27 1 - 4 p.m. at the Aurther M. Glick Jewish Community Center.  This is a family-friendly, hands-on, “learn by doing” community event.  Read more.

Orchard in Bloom

May 2,3 & 4  Garden show and community event at Holliday Park.  Read more.

Arbor Day Celebration

On Saturday, May 3, the City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will host a booth at the Farmer's Market providing free bald cypress and bur oak trees for attendees. An Arbor Day Observance will take place at the Rotary Amphateatre at 9:45 a.m.  Citizens are invited to attend the Rotary Amphateatre.

Green your home for a chance to win $25

You'll be entered to win $25 when you have a Free Home Energy Assessment done. We'll draw 1 winner for every 10 assessments, so your chances to win are pretty good. You do not have to live in Carmel to qualify.  The assessment takes about an hour and can be scheduled at your convenience.  A home energy professional will check for ways to help you save energy, save money and lower your carbon footprint. In addition, you'll receive a detailed report, as well as free green goodies.  You'll begin saving energy right away with free CFL bulbs, low-flow showerheads and aerators -  worth about $50. No strings attached!  And Energizing Indiana will make a $25 donation to Carmel Green Initiative in your name which we'll apply toward your membership.   Read more.

Climate Impacts

The IPCC's most recent report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability says the effects of climate change are occurring on all continents and across the oceans, and warns that the risks from climate change impacts will be difficult to manage with high levels of warming from carbon pollution. The report was prepared by 309 scientists from 70 countries with assistance from 436 contributing authors and 1,729 expert and government reviewers.  We'll have more on this report in the coming months.  Read IPCC report.  Read New York Times article.

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