Earth Day 2019

What are you doing to celebrate?
Earth Day is April 22.  Here are some ways to love and protect the planet….

BE INSPIRED!

PROTECT OUR SPECIES
Join the 2019 Earth Day Campaign to Protect Our Species. Human beings are changing the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago.  The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed, and many of our declining, threatened and endangered species can still recover if we work together now to build a united global movement of consumers, voters, educators, faith leaders, and scientists to demand immediate action.  Read more.

Make the Switch
Change your outdoor lights to CFLs or LEDs 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 stay on all night) from a 60W incandescent to a 13W CFL or 9 W LED. This is one of easiest ways to make a ton of difference for Earth Day!

Reduce!
Check out this inspiring video on why Reducing is more important than Recycling, especially since China stopped accepting recycling materials.  You can help by reducing single-use throw-away plastics:  1) Stop buying bottled water, use a reusable water bottle instead.   2) Say NO to straws.  3) BYOB – Bring your Own Bag when you go shopping.  These are just 3 easy things you can do.  Click here to see video on plastics in supermarkets

How will climate change impact Indiana?
Purdue Climate Change Research Center has collaborated with Indiana universities to synthesize the latest research on how climate change is affecting Indiana. Read more.

Eco-Film: A Fierce Green Fire 
On Fri. April 12, 7 p.m. at First Friends (3030 Kessler Blvd, East Drive, Indy 46220) come view the free screening of A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet, the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, and has won acclaim at festivals around the world. Inspired by the book of the same name, it brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds. 

Indy Earth Day Festival
On Sat, Apr. 20, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Military Park, the Indy Earth Day Festival features over 125 exhibitors, kid’s activities, live music and a 5K run/walk.  Read more.

Westfield Green Day
On Sat, Apr. 20, 12 – 3 p.m. at Freedom Trail Park learn about native plants, gardening, sustainability and more.  Free tree seedlings while supplies last.  Read More

Organic Plant & Garden Auction 
On Sat. Apr. 27, 3-5 p.m. at the Cool Creek Nature Center, the Indiana Organic Gardeners Association will hold their annual plant and garden auction.  Read more.

JCC Earth Day
On Sun, Apr. 28, Noon – 5 p.m. at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center celebrate Earth Day with more than 65 hands-on, environmentally-friendly activities by almost 50 exhibitors. Read more.

GO SOLAR
Learn about solar for your home or business.  Read more.

Carmel Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, May 4th
Carmel Farmer’s Market
The City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will host a booth at the Farmer’s Market providing free tree seedlings for attendees.  Read more.

Native Plant Kits
Have you been wanting to start or extend a native garden?  These plant kits include 50 plugs of carefully chosen plants to create a native pollinator, shade or rain garden. Orders due May 10. Learn more and place your order.

Hamilton County Master Gardener’s Plant SaleSaturday, May 18th, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Read more.

National & International Perspectives on Climate
Join us on Wed. May 22, 6:30 p.m. at the Carmel Library to learn about national and international perspectives on climate change. Mayor Jim Brainard will share his insights and takeaways from travels to climate conferences around the world, and plans for solar and a greenhouse gas inventory in Carmel.  Read more and RSVP….

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