Earth Day & Beyond: Environmental Talks Coming This Spring to NYC

By Alison Durkee

It’s almost Earth Day, and with the combination of accelerating climate change and the lack of leadership in Washington, it’s more important than ever to stay informed. Learn more about our shared planet at these upcoming environment-themed events coming to NYC.

Image: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

Image: DonkeyHotey/Flickr

To mark Earth Day on April 22, the Earth Day Initiative will take to the streets with a special environment-themed block party in Union Square, featuring exhibitors, live performances, children’s activities, and more. The day before, on April 21, the Initiative will get New Yorkers into the Earth Day spirit through a 5K Green Tour, a special walking tour stopping at green sites around NYC. The Museum of the City of New York will mark Earth Day with a special day of celebrations, as will the Museum of American History’s Hayden Planetarium, which will celebrate the occasion on April 21 with an immersive look at planet Earth and its history. More activist-minded science fans can fight for facts on April 22 by taking part in March for Science NYC.

Those hoping to learn more about NYC’s environment can head to Is New York’s Future Sustainable?, an April 19 panel discussion at CUNY’s Graduate Center reflecting on the city’s environmental impact both past and future. Brooklynites can get a closer look at the borough’s specific environmental projects at Superfund Brooklyn (April 18), which will focus on three sites: Newtown Creek, Gowanus Canal, and Wolff-Alport. Want to get outside and see some of NYC’s environment for yourself? Join the Prospect Heights Brainery for their street tree identification workshop on April 15 and 22, or get out and enjoy some of the city’s green spaces on walking tours of Central Park and Prospect Park (various dates). As flowers begin to emerge for the season, now is also the perfect time to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, whose famed cherry blossoms are just beginning to bloom.

For a more general view of the scientific field – and why there aren’t more women in it – join NYU research scientist Dr. Niki Athanasiadou for a discussion on why there are so few women in STEM fields on April 19. A more entertainment-minded scientific view will be provided by scientist and TV personality Bill Nye, who will preview his new Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World at a Paley Center event on April 18.

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