Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 after he toured the devastation of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. On April 22, 1970, demonstrations by an estimated 20 million Americans advocated for a healthy, sustainable environment.
This week local advocates, elected officials, and community organizations host an array of events designed to help citizens “Love Their Mother.” Here are just a few of the local offerings and events.
• Thursday morning at Southampton Town Hall, check out a demo of new “green” landscaping equipment the town plans to use. Councilwoman Christine Scalera will be joined by the Towns Parks Department, local landscape companies, residents, and local elected officials to celebrate the dedication of the second certified Green Zone in the Town of Southampton and the eastern United States. 9 AM.
• On Saturday, Celebrate Earth Day with an up-close look at some hot cars for a cooler tomorrow when the electric and hybrid car show comes to Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays. From noon to 4 PM, Southampton Town will host the Electric and Hybrid Car Expo. You will have the opportunity to talk with experts about these cost saving, environmentally friendly vehicles. Ten car manufacturers will participate including BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Kia, and Tesla.
Also, learn more about energy efficiency for your home and residential solar, even step inside a tiny house. There will be raffles, food trucks, and face painting. The Expo is co-sponsored by Peconic Land Trust, Renewable Energy Long Island, Tiny Hamptons, Bedford 2020, Kiwanis Club of Southampton Town, Prfct Earth Toxic Free landscapes, Surf Rider Foundation, North Fork Environmental Council, DefendH2O, Group for the East End, Green Homes Long Island, Sierra Club Long Island, LWV, Peak Power Long Island, South Fork Natural History Museum, and Radio Stations EHM, The Beach, and BAZ. The event is open to the public at no cost. Rain date is Sunday.
• On Sunday, the North Fork Environmental Council hosts an Earth Day 5 K at Indian Island Park in Riverhead. Registration and sign-in is at 8:30 AM, the race starts at 9:30. Call 631-298-8880 for details.
• Also Sunday, seize a rare opportunity to explore a small section of unique land at EPCAL in Calverton. It takes place at 2 PM. Meet at trailhead behind Stony Brook Incubator on 25A, Calverton. Rain or shine. Carry in/carry out. Remember to use tick precautions.
• At 3 PM Sunday, head over to the Presbyterian Church in East Hampton for a free Earth Day concert featuring the Grammy-award winning kid friendly Dan Zanes Trio.
• Beach cleanups galore will take place over the weekend. Southampton Town helms the Great East End Cleanup on Saturday and Sunday. Register to participate on the town’s website or by calling 631-283-5210.
• Concerned Citizens of Montauk, in partnership with Camp Soul Grow, Ditch Plains Association, EH Trail Preservation Society, Group for the East End, Imagination Nature, Mickey’s Carting, Montauk Brewing Co., Montauk Chamber of Commerce, Montauk Playhouse, Montauk School Student Council, Peconic Estuary Program, Surfrider Foundation, Third House Nature Center, and
The Free Ride, is hosting The Great Montauk Cleanup on Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.
This year the dumpster donated by Mickey’s Carting will be located at the CCOM Office at 6 S. Elmwood — come by for some trash bags and gloves, and then head to that favorite spot. Once the bags are filled with debris, throw them in the dumpster and warm up with some hot tea, coffee, or cider.
• The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue is hosting a presentation and workshop, “Plastic Pollution in our Waters” by artist and science writer, Erica Cirino on Saturday from 2 to 4 PM.
• Southampton Arts Center’s “Earth Days 2018” weekend will begin on Friday, with a special screening of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power presented with his non-profit organization, The Climate Reality Project. A daylong Earth Summit with local and national experts will take place on Saturday followed by a celebratory free Earth Day Fair on Sunday.
Saturday’s Earth Summit will begin with an optimistic exploration of renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken’s Drawdown — The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, followed by impactful panel discussions including Energy and Sustainability with Gordian Raacke (Renewable Energy Long Island), Jen Garvey (Deepwater Wind), and Andrew Smith (Greenlogic), Land & Water with Bob DeLuca (Group for the East End), Edwina von Gal (Perfect Earth Project), Kevin McAllister (Defend H2O), Ann Welker (Southampton Town Trustee), Colleen Henn (Surfrider Foundation, Eastern Long Island Chapter), and Melanie Cirillo (Peconic Land Trust Director of Conservation Programs), Personal Action, including videos, ideas, and discussion about what you can do to help our environment, led by Sarah Hunnewell with Bruce Humenik (Applied Energy Group) and Joe Densieski (Wastewater Works), and Government Action led by Karl Grossman with Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Legislator Bridget Fleming, and Southampton Mayor Michael Irving.
The afternoon will come to a close with a World Café brainstorm session hosted by Dorothy Reilly followed by an immersive sound meditation in the galleries with Daniel Lauter, allowing attendees to absorb all they have learned and emerge ready to change the world. Lunch will be provided compliments of The Golden Pear Café.
Sunday’s free Earth Day Celebration and Fair from 1 to 4 PM will include activities such as face painting, Tesla test drives, UpSculpt with Cindy Pease Roe, “Alien Bloom” workshop with Eteri and Gocha Chkadua, Andrea Cote’s The Radiance Project, Lexy Ho-Tai’s Kreate Your Own Kooker, Plastic Straw project with Janine Martel, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center Raptor presentations, plus entertainment by World Music trio Son Mundial (Bill Smith, Steve Shaughnessy, and Rodney Harris).
Vendors include Mary Woltz and Bees’ Needs, Querencia Studio, Meatless Mondays, Westhampton Garden Club, Citizens Climate Lobby, The Green Thumb and Natural Science Organics, Peconic Land Trust, Surfrider Foundation Eastern Long Island Chapter, The Venus Project, Wastewater Works Inc., Secure the Call, Plan Bee Balms, Dark Skies Initiative, DeepWater Wind, Union Cantina, and more. Additionally, instructional videos and environmental short films will be on view in the theater from noon to 6 PM.
• The public is invited to join Surfrider Foundation for a shoreline cleanup at Flying Point Beach on Sunday morning from 9 to 11 AM. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their own water bottles, plastic bottles and straws for art projects, as well as other materials for the various upcycling activities on Sunday. Additionally, retired cell phones can be dropped in a Secure the Call bin to be reused for 911 calls in women’s shelters.
• The South Fork Natural History Museum will present a free open house from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, as well as multiple family programs over the Earth Day weekend. Free programs taking place on Saturday include: 9 to 10 AM beach cleanup at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack; 10:30 AM family yoga at the museum led by Laura Berland, senior yoga and meditation teacher/trainer/activist and coach; 11:30 AM nature walk through Vineyard Field with Senior SoFo Environmental Educator Crystal Oakes.
Lunch at the Museum, available for purchase, will be offered by Bay Burger and Joe & Liza’s ice cream. After lunch at 1 PM, SoFo environmental educator Taylor Ruhle will present a hands-on workshop teaching children how to create a planter out of recycled tin cans; each child will be presented with a free plant to put into the finished planter. If children prefer to hunt for nature treasures, at 1 PM, SoFo environmental educator Eleni Nikolopoulos will offer a nature scavenger hunt for children of all ages. At 2:45 PM, the Southampton Hospital Tick-borne illness research center will talk about ticks and give tips on tick avoidance over the upcoming warm months.
Saturday evening the free events continue with two collaborative programs with the Montauk Observatory. From 7 to 8 PM, geologist Sean Tvelia and astrophysicist Mike Inglis will present a fascinating talk about the planet Jupiter. Immediately following that, guests will head for an astronomy night and star viewing. On Sunday, Earth Day, SoFo’s Executive Director Frank Quevedo will hold a special free 4 ½ -mile hike through the Long Pond Greenbelt. Participants will meet at SoFo at 11 AM and hike from the Museum through the Long Pond Greenbelt trails to Sag Harbor’s Mashashimuet Park, where participants can join Frank for a BYO (bring your own) picnic lunch at the park before hiking another 4 ½ miles back to the museum.
Transportation will be available for those who do not wish to hike back. At 5 PM there will be a screening of the documentary Racing Extinction, an eye-opening film about the loss of biodiversity worldwide. There will be a $7 fee for this film screening. Adults must accompany children at all times. Call 631-537-9735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
• On Saturday, Imagination Nature’s shoreline sweep targets beaches the length of East Hampton Town’s shorelines, both bay and ocean sides. Bags and gloves will be distributed to volunteers between 9 and 10 AM at Main Beach in East Hampton and Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, or BYO. Leave trash at the beachheads for pickup. No formal registrations required. Just show up and help out.