Sustainable Tompkins will be hosting this year’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Special thanks to Beck Equipment for being a major sponsor again!  Thanks also to SewGreen for being one of our Climate March sponsors!

This year we are very excited to be holding our Earth Day event in conjunction with the national March for Climate, Jobs and Justice with the People’s Climate Movement in Washington DC. The day’s events will kick off with an open space event at 10 a.m. facilitated by Joey Gates and Cathleen Banford. We will explore the question of, “What are your barriers to living an environmentally sustainable life?” Topics will be proposed and explored by attendees and can be anything related to this central question. For example, a topic could be finding affordable housing that is also on a bus line. From there, at 11:30, we will head over to the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons for music by Colleen Kattau and Burns & Kristy and to rally for our sister People’s Climate March down to the Space @ Greenstar. There, we will be greeted by more music, exhibitors working on local sustainability solutions, as well as have a chance to eat lunch from one of our local food vendors.

Workshops will start at 2:30 with Gerald Torres, National Earth Day Network board chair and Cornell law professor. Professor Torres will lead a discussion on law and social movements, and how our concerns transform into law and policy. At 3:30 we will once again host the annual People’s Choice ‘Signs of Sustainability’ Awards, highlighting the great works being done by our fellow community members. At 4:00 we will hear Voices from the Community offering perspectives we don’t always get to hear talking about sustainability.  Wrapping up the day, in our Earth Day tradition, will be the One Heart Community Drum Circle.

Please mark your calendar and be sure to join us!