April 2022 Newsletter

Happy Earth Day!

It’s now or never. Climate change is accelerating and it’s time to make sustainability your top priority to protect the future for your kids and grandkids!  Here are some ways to celebrate and make a difference …

Earth Day Art Exhibits
Be inspired to live more sustainably.  Visit our Earth Day art exhibits at Muldoon’s on Main street, and at the Monon Center (by the track).  Many thanks to youth for their amazing artwork, and to strong community support that makes the art contest possible.  Huge thanks to Linda Downer for managing the program and coordinating with everyone!Read more.

The Primary Election is on May 3rd and early voting is underway. Voters for a Green Indiana provides non-partisan research so you can be informed about the candidates’ views on climate change and clean energy, their voting records on key bills and campaign funds from key industries. See the green voters guide and attached flier. Please share with family and friends who care about climate.

Indy Creation Fest
Sat. Apr. 23, 11-3 p.m.
Christ Community Church
13097 Allisonville Rd, Fishers  46038
Come learn about beekeeping, composting, easy ways to reduce waste, taste delicious plant-based food from local food trucks, meet some adorable rescue animals, and more!  Giveaways and prizes will be won every half hour!   Read more.

10,000 Trees  
Sat. Apr. 23, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Midtown Plaza by the Monon

Pick up a free tree sapling and join the effort to plant 10,000 trees in Carmel.  Kudos to Carmel City Councilor Miles Nelson who partnered with the Carmel High School Green Action Club for this ambitious tree project.  Read more.

Electronics Recycling Plus
Sat. Apr. 23, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Creekside Middle School

This community event includes electronics recycling as well as document shredding, prescription drug disposal and bulk item disposal.  Read more.

Intersect Event
Sun. Apr. 24, 1-4 p.m.
The Gazebo by Carmel City Hall

Confront the Climate Crisis is a statewide youth group based in West Lafayette. As you might recall, they worked with State Senator Ron Alting to introduce a climate bill, which sadly did not receive a hearing.  CTCC will be hosting speakers and booths on climate and other issues. Read more.

Big Tree Contest
Can you find the biggest tree in Carmel?  The City of Carmel is hosting the Big Tree Contest to celebrate Arbor Day. Entries are being accepted now through April 30thRead more.  

Easy Ways to Go Green
Here’s how to calculate your household carbon footprint and some easy ways to go green.

Beautiful Blue Jay
Thanks to Steve Knapp for sharing his photo of a beautiful blue jay for CGI’s Facebook cover photo.  If you have a local nature photo you’d like to share, please send!

Save the Date
Eco-Flix: 2040

On Thurs. June 16, 7:30 p.m., join us at Midtown Plaza for the screening of the uplifting climate documentary – 2040!   It’s about climate solutions that exist today and visualizes a world after the climate and nature crisis – if and when we succeed. The program is free and open to the public.  Watch the trailer!  Read more.

We’re volunteers who are passionate about building a more sustainable community.  You can help by becoming a membermaking a donation and/or volunteering your time and talent!  You can volunteer as little as a couple hours a month.  100% of your membership and generous gift helps to support CGI’s programs.

Thanks again for all you do to build a more beautiful, healthy and sustainable community.

Leslie Webb
Carmel Green Initiative
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