For the past two years, Earth Month celebrations in Evanston have taken place over Zoom. As the city hosts more in-person events, Rachel Rosner, board chair of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, said Earth Month this year will bring back the collaborative spirit of the city’s climate movement. .
“It’s like a reunion of the environmental community,” Rosner said. “This year it’s a lot more about connection, which is also a really essential part of tackling climate change.”
CGE, which works to make Evanston more sustainable, is one of many groups looking to unite the community around sustainability in April through a variety of events.
In 2018, Evanston implemented the Climate Action and Resilience Plan, which set a goal for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. However, the city has struggled to put concrete policies in place. , prompting community leaders to highlight the importance of involving residents in climate activism this month.
Residents can participate in a range of in-person celebrations and online presentations. Here’s a look at some of Evanston’s Earth Month events.
April 1: “We are not fooled!” Launch Party, 5-8 p.m., 1245 Hartrey Ave.
To honor the first day of Earth Month, non-profit creative reuse center The WasteShed and building materials utilization center Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse will host a kick-off party on Friday night. Evanston author Susie Pratt will read excerpts from her new book “More or Less: A Year’s Trials Without Buying”. Participants can also play games, dance, and do arts and crafts. Registration and masks required.
April 10: Art Makers Outpost Celebration, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 609 South Blvd
Art Makers Outpost, an eco-conscious arts hub in south Evanston dedicated to repurposed art, will host an Earth Month celebration with a drumming circle, arts and crafts, mural community, a plant and seed exchange and more.
Valerie Kahan, owner and founder of Art Makers Outpost, said her company’s mission to reduce waste aligns with the community’s passion for sustainability.
“When people were at home for the past two years during the pandemic, they probably became aware of how much waste they were producing,” Kahan said. “People have become more aware overall, and everyone wants to make a difference.”
April 22: D65 10-Second Film Festival, 6:30 p.m., 1560 Sherman Ave
District 65 Climate Action Teams will host a film festival at Rotary International Headquarters on Earth Day, screening 10-second films about climate change and sustainability made by Evanston youth.
The organization hopes to make District 65 more environmentally friendly and recently pushed the district to reduce waste and hire a sustainability coordinator.
Film festival organizer Chad Calease said the event helps make these initiatives more digestible for students.
“The kids are pretty open-minded and they’re quite expressive,” Calease said. “We really wanted to give them a place to convey their thoughts and feelings about it.”
Film submissions are open until midnight on April 21.
April 23: Evanston Ecology Center Earth Day, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 2024 McCormick Avenue
The day after Earth Day, the Evanston Ecology Center will host an event featuring a range of family-friendly activities including a seed swap with Edible Evanston, the Evanston Environmental Association’s Bird Buzz Native Plant Sale and more again.
“One of the really wonderful things about plants is that they are a carbon offset,” said Julia Bunn, EEA Vice President. “Some of the plants (for sale) will be suitable for placing in your rain garden or for managing water from downspouts outside buildings.”
AEE will also host two Zoom presentations on April 6 and 27 on the benefits of planting native plants in the community in anticipation of its plant sale.
Robert Crown Library Events
The Robert Crown Branch of the Evanston Public Library will host several environmentally focused events throughout the month. These include a presentation on April 6 on native plant gardens and a hands-on bike repair workshop on April 21. There will also be two meetings of the Evanston Repair Cafe, co-sponsored by Citizens’ Greener Evanston, on April 9 and 21 where residents can repair electronics, appliances and other items together.
With so much going on in Evanston this month, Calease said he’s excited to see how his film festival and other events in town can unite residents around CARP’s message.
“We are all geared towards the same goal, which is to see CARP not just as a written document, but as living fact,” Calease said.
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