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Earth Month Calendar of Events
Earth Month Calendar of Events

Each year, in celebration of Earth Day, local officials and environmentalists put together a month-long calendar of events that runs from late March through May. In Greenwich, the First Selectman proclaims April as Earth Day Celebration Month and the Conservation Commission assembles a Calendar of Events working with the environmental community. We are really excited about this year's Calendar of Events. Whether you are interested in organic gardening, watching a documentary, going for a bird walk, exploring our wetlands, or joining in on the discussion around plastics, there is something for everyone.

First Selectman Peter Tesei will do the official Earth Month Proclamation, in coordination with the Greenwich Library, as part of the opening remarks during the event at "Plastics and Micro-Plastics in our Long Island Sound" on Saturday, April 7th at 3:00pm at the Cole Auditorium.   Immediately following the proclamation, former Conservation Director, Denise Savagaeau will moderate a panel discussion about the polluted effects of plastics and micro plastics in our local waters.

Many of this year’s Earth Day events focus on ending plastic pollution, an appropriately timed theme here in Greenwich. In March, the RTM approved an ordinance to ban thin plastic bags from local stores, set to take effect in six months. The Greenwich Library recently opened the exhibition Hazardous Beauty featuring artists as they use their creativity to interpret the environmental problems of plastic pollution and explore the impact from our increasing disposable culture.

2018 is also Audubon's Year of the Bird: the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), a pivotal piece of legislation that continues to save countless birds' lives. Throughout the year, partners and participating organizations are celebrating birds across all boundaries. In the Greenwich, there are a number of bird-related events to help celebrate, including early morning and Grass Island bird walks and the Pollinator Potluck featuring Audubon scientists and Project Puffin Founder, Dr. Steve Kress.

A number of documentary films are showcasing in April, including A Plastic OceanUnbroken Ground, and Deeply Rooted. Check out the Calendar of Events for information on their showings.

Have you heard all the buzz? This year, during April and May, we will also see a number of bee-related events, educational programs, and a new exhibition swarming at the Bruce Museum, presenting photographs of wild bees in their natural habitats, along with an exploration of their varied lifestyles.  An interactive viewings of native bee specimens, don’t miss this bee-utiful exhibition!

The Earth Day Calendar doesn’t begin or end with just the Earth Day Month Proclamation of the Earth Day Celebration Event. Click the Calendar of Events for the link to the full earth Day Month calendar.

For more information on Earth Day Month in Greenwich, contact the Conservation Commission staff at 203-622-6461 or sarah.nahabedian@greenwichct.org.

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