I hope to see you out there! Contact me if you’re interested in volunteering at any of these events or have questions about the Sierra Club.
Earth Day Events this Saturday 4/18
Saturday April 18th 11-4pm–Virginia Beach Earth Day at Mt. Trashmore
Refresh your approach to making our world a healthier place with various exhibits, displays and activities that will give you a chance to discover and explore effective and convenient ways to green your lifestyle. Rain Date: April 19. Follow this link for more details.
Saturday April 18th 10am-3pm–Party for the Planet at Virginia Zoo
Bring out your wild side while you learn about conservation steps you can take to protect natural habitats locally and around the world. The event celebrates Earth Day and the animals that share our environment. Zookeepers will demonstrate animal enrichment activities used to promote the Zoo animals’ social, mental and physical health and well being. Visitors can play like a monkey with the enrichment items we give animals from otters to giraffes. Environmental experts will also provide information on the effect all life – including humans – has on the environment, the lives of other species and our lives, too. All activities included with regular admission! Follow this link for more details.
10:30 – sun bear
11:00 – Garden Tales, in the Children’s Rain Garden. Gather for a story and an earth-friendly activity!
11:15 – moon bear
12:00 – squirrel monkey
12:45 – red panda (on main pathway)
1:30 – elephant
2:15 – Aldabra tortoise
3:00 – tiger
Saturday April 18th 9-5pm–Earth Day at the Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum celebrates Earth Day with a day of special activities for our animals. Watch the animals receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. See the red wolves and coyotes devour ice treats, watch the raccoon search a basket full of newspapers, all part of a stimulation process that usually occurs behind-the-scenes. See special earth friendly animal shows. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste and learn how to build and garden green. Several environmental organizations and vendors will have displays and information about conservation measures. There will also be crafts for kids, eco-friendly giveaways and thousands of native plants for sale. Bring sneakers, cell phones, batteries to recycle. Follow this link for more details.
A couple of Earth Day events “In Between”
Tuesday April 21st 11-3pm–ODU Sustainability Fair
Come check out all of the different campus and community organizations related to environmental sustainability. The fair will be outside of the Webb Center on the Quad (the large grassy area in the center of campus)
Wednesday April 22th, 7:15pm– Planetary @ The Naro Cinema
The 45th Earth Day marks the global theatrical premiere of a stunningly beautiful new film dedicated to “worldview interruption” – the act of seeing the world in a radically different way. “We have not only an ecological crisis… but also a kind of story crisis. That is to say there’s something very wrong about the way that we understand who we are, and our relationship with the Earth.” Philosopher David Loy is just one of many acclaimed voices of collective wisdom heard in the film challenging us to transform ourselves so that we may confront the monumental challenges ahead of us. The gallery of visionaries giving expert instruction include Buddhist leaders, ecologists, scientists, activists, authors, and indigenous wisdom teachers. Directed by Guy Reid and featuring leading climate activist Bill McKibben, eco-author Barry Lopez, cosmologist Brian Swimme, biomimicry scientist Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, and anthropologist Wade Davis. (90 mins). Here’s more on the movie.
Speakers and post-film discussion:
Tom Ellis, liberal arts professor and Gaian teacher.
Catherine Kilduff, staff lawyer with The Center for Biological Diversity
Glen Besa, Director of the Virginia Chapter of The Sierra Club
Earth Day Events Next Saturday 4/25
Saturday April 25th 8-10AM–Hampton Roads Green Breakfast
What is the solution to find solutions for the challenges we face for the environment, our economy and society? The Green Breakfast offers an opportunity to meet others with concerns and ideas for sharing, collaborating and moving forward. Learn, share and collaborate at the Hampton Roads Green Breakfast.
Check-in & Networking: 8am to 8:30AM
Presentations: 8:30am to 9:45am
Topic: Energy Options & The Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline: Understanding the Economic, Environmental and Safety Issues for our Region and Virginia
Speakers: Kirk Bowers, PE, Virginia Sierra Club Pipeline Committee Chair
James Clary, Senior Economist, HRPDC
Follow this link to RSVP or get more details!
Saturday April 25th 11am-3pm–Plant the Change with Southeast CARE Coalition!
On Saturday, April 25, join us for a tree planting in the Southeast Community of Newport News and a Celebration of Arbor Day and Global Youth Service Day at the Newsome House. Join us to plant trees from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Equipment will be provided and the Master Gardeners will help us while we plant! We will be meeting at the Moton Community House at 10:30 a.m. located at 2101 Jefferson Ave. for the carpool to the planting locations. The Southeast CARE Coalition is planting trees in partnership with Newport News Parks and Recreation, Newport News School District, William and Mary Law School, the Newsome House, Original Brothas, Friendship Baptist and the VA Sierra Club.
Please contact Joe Carroll at email@example.com or at (609)-529-2433 for more information on the planting location schedule. We will be planting at several locations in our neighborhood including:
-Heritage High in honor of Phoenix Alumni
-Huntington Middle in honor of Huntington Alumni
-Marshall Elementary in honor of William and Mary Alumni
-Crittenden Middle in honor of Carver Alumni
-Newsome House in honor of the Ever Blooming Garden Club
After the planting is finished, we will celebrate at the Newsome House from 1 to 3 p.m. with speakers, kids’ activities, live music, and one last tree planting in honor of the Ever Blooming Garden Club! Join us for the reading of a Proclamation by the City of Newport News acknowledging the work that has been done in the Southeast Community and to learn more about how air pollution is impacting our neighborhood. RSVP HERE!
Saturday April 25th 1pm–Shine and Rise Farm Earth Day Extravaganza!
Get outside and join Shine and Rise Farms for their Earth Day Extravaganza starting at 1pm. Farm tours at 2 and 4pm, games, music, arts and crafts, and fun all day long and into the evening!
About Shine and Rise: Shine and Rise Farms is committed to offering a new approach to life by creating a model community dedicated to clean food and energy production and bringing social and environmental justice to the forefront of community conversation through mindful, compassionate, and sustainable practices, and injecting as much love into this world as it can handle. In the end we believe the animals, fruits and vegetables, and land tell a far better story than us though, so please come for a visit! For more visit their website here. RSVP for more details.
Getting Involved Beyond Earth Day!
The Chesapeake Bay Group of the Sierra Club-VA Chapter has identified 5 priority issues for our group to work on this year and we’d love for you to get involved with us!
1. Impacts of Coal—2. Climate Change and Sea Level Rise—3. Air Quality—
2. Offshore Drilling—5. Atlantic Coast Pipeline
We need more of our members and friends to volunteer and help us achieve our goals by joining one of the committees or task forces in each of these areas. PLEASE TAKE THE SURVEY HERE. It will take you no more than 5 minutes to fill out and after receipt of the results someone will contact you about becoming more involved.
Monday April 20th 7pm–Norfolk Climate Action Team meeting!
This will be our 3rd official meeting of the Sierra Club Norfolk Climate Action Team. The purpose of the team is “To plan and engage in events and activities that focus on local actionable issues related to climate change”. Come join us and get involved! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know you can make it or go to the Facebook Group HERE and request to join. Don’t live in Norfolk? Don’t worry we have climate action teams starting up in other locations! Fill out this short form to express your interest and get more info on upcoming meetings.
Saturday, May 16th—Hands Across the Sand
Join Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Oceana for our 6th annual Hands Across the Sand Saturday May 16, 2015 in Virginia Beach.Help us draw a line in the sand as we stand against offshore drilling and stand up for clean energy, like offshore wind, for a sustainable planet. We’ll meet up where 31st Street meets the surf near Neptune’s Park starting at 11:30am. Visithttps://www.facebook.com/HandsAcrossTheSandVA for more info and updates. Follow this link to RSVP.