Earth Day 2017

 

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, they are calling on you to help achieve one of the most ambitious goals yet — planting 7.8 billion trees and starting now. Trees will be the first of five major goals in honor of the five-year countdown to Earth Day's 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Here are some ways to celebrate ...

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!

Go Plastic-Free
Check out this youtube video and make a pledge to use a refillable bottle instead of buying bottled water, and bring your own, reusable shopping bags instead of using single use plastic or paper.  Oh, and don't forget to ask for "no straw, please."  See video.

Children's Earth Day Art Exhibit
In celebration of our earth, come check out the top art entries on display at the Carmel Clay Public Library, Monon Center, Muldoon’s in the Arts & Design District, and Whole Foods Market at Clay Terrace.  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

 

Where are the Butterflies?
Join Mission Monarch on Thurs. April 6, 7 p.m. at the Cool Creek Nature Center to learn about how weather affects butterflies and ways to support them throughout their life cycle, and make a simple butterfly feeder to take home.  This free program is good for adults and older children.  Please register at 317-774-2500 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Beer and Bees
Tuesday, April 18th, 6 p.m.
Flix Brewhouse
What do beer and bees have in common? Turns out the actions to protect bees will also protect the main ingredient in beer - our water!  Join the White River Alliance for a free round of nectar (beer) and enjoy the free screening of Hometown Habitat - Stories of Bringing Nature Home featuring renowned biologist, Douglas Tallamy!  Seating is limited. Click here to RSVP

 

Native Pollinator Landscaping
Thursday, April 20th, 7:30 p.m.
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church
Room B103
Learn how to turn your backyard into a thriving habitat for pollinators and native species! Guest speaker, Claire Lane, Urban Conservationist at the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District will talk about how native plants make a great addition to your home landscape but their benefits go beyond their beauty. Learn how native plants can help clean water with rain gardens, provide food and habitat for pollinators, and the many resources available to you start your own native garden. This program is open to the community and is co-hosted by the Creation Care Ministry and the Women's Club.


Park Stewardship Volunteer Opportunity
Inlow Park Sat. April 22, 9am-12pm
Volunteer for habitat restoration in the woodlands of Lawrence Inlow and Flowing Well Parks. Garlic mustard is one of the main invasive species threats at both Inlow and Flowing Well.  It can be found throughout most of the wooded areas of the parks. Sites invaded by garlic mustard tend to have low diversity of plants, and native plants are often killed off once garlic mustard becomes established.  The most effective treatment for removal is to pull the entire plant and root system from the ground by hand, carefully bagging it so as not to spread the seeds.  Garlic Mustard pulls are a great stewardship project for volunteers of all ages!
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March for Science Indianapolis
Sat. April 22, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Indiana State House
Join this non-partisan march to highlight the mischaracterization of science as a partisan-issue. Recently, the Energy Department told staff to stop using the phrases "climate change," "emissions reduction," and "Paris agreement," and the Heartland Institute launched a climate science disinformation campaign against America's K-12 science teachers.  Join the march to defend our country from dangerous anti-science agendas. Read more.
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Celebrate Earth Day
Join Mission Monarch on Sat. Apr. 22, 1-4 p.m. at the Cool Creek Nature Center to learn about Monarchs and the importance of native plants to butterflies and other pollinators. Learn how to plant milkweed and take home your own milkweed plant to start your own garden.  At 2 p.m. there will be an informative talk and a woodland flower hike. Monarch activities, games and crafts. Fun for all ages!

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Earth Day Indiana Festival
Celebrating our Pollinators!
Saturday, Apr. 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Military Park, Indianapolis  Read more.
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Gardening for Birds
Sunday, April 23rd, 12:30 p.m.
St. Peter's United Church of Christ  See flier
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JCC Earth Day Commuity Celebration
Sunday, April 23rd, 1-4 p.m.
Jewish Community Center Read more.

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Sunday, April 23rd, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Hussey - Mayfield Memorial Public Library
Lora Hussey and Olive Hoffman Rooms
Enjoy events both inside and outside that include live music, interactive activities, educational exhibitors, and gardening programs. Be sure to register for programs and workshops that require it.
Click here to see schedule for Adult and Children's programs.

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Sustainable Growth for Backyard Chicken Flocks
Saturday, April 29th, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall in Noblesville
Backyard chickens can be a great source of eggs and fun for your family or an opportunity for some extra income.  Education sessions include “A Real Life Perspective on Managing a Backyard Flock- 5 Years in the Making” with Jon Whitesel of Circle City Farm, “Know Your Produce: Marketing for Profit” with Liz Brownlee of Nightfall Farm, and “Resources for Backyard Growers: Connecting Producers to Experts & Information” with Jeffrey Deutschman and Chelsie Lawyer of the Indiana State Poultry Association. Additionally, SWCD and Purdue Extension staff will share with attendees the many local resources available to them to start these and other sustainability efforts.  Registration can be completed at www.hamiltonswcd.org.

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Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding, & Prescription Drug Disposal
Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Creekside Middle School.  Read more.

 

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People's Climate March
Sat. April 29, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
To protect the climate, we need everyone!  Join us for the People's Climate March on Sat. April 29, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Veteran's Memorial Plaza.  Read more and RSVP/CARPOOL.

For anyone interested in going to the march in Washington D.C., check out the Climate March Tour Bus. The goal is to get Hoosiers represented on the national stage!  Click here for details and tickets: http://bit.ly/2nnsGrb

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Attend a Green Sermon: Creation Care Sunday
Sunday, April 30th, 9:30 a.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church
Celebrate Caring for Creation at a green worship ceremony.  Epworth will be passing out free spruce trees as a part of the celebration. For more information, visit the Epworth website.

 

Carmel Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, May 6th
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.
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Hamilton County Master Gardener's Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20th, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Read more.

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