Get Pumped For The Planet: Earth Week 2012 In NYC

Earth Day is coming up! Well, really, Earth Week is coming up. Actually…it’s more like Earth Month.

Even though everyone’s favorite holiday is on April 22nd this year, Earth Day events will be going on all month long. We all know what that means—tree plantings, beekeeping workshops, organic hemp-growing demonstrations (we hope) and lots of free food. Here’s a roundup of the best Earth Day events at NYU and beyond.

Mobile-to-Mobile Street Fair Thursday, April 19th 12:30-5:30 pm on Washington Place

The annual street fair is themed “Mobile Ecological Innovators” this year, and will feature artists with moving exhibitions, like a traveling science lab and a truck retrofitted with a farm. Free food will provided by the brand-new NYU student food co-op, one of  this year’s Green Grant recipients that plans to offer organic and local food right on campus. 

“Sustainability at NYU: Did you know?” An Earth Week Exhibition at Kimmel Windows Gallery Now til May 18th on La Guardia and W 3rd

Enormous 3D windows that show NYU Sustainability’s various initiatives—the Bike Share, the cogeneration plant, and all that good stuff.

New School and NYU Tree Planting Workshop Friday, April 27

Join the New School’s Urban Forestry Club in a tree planting and meet some fellow NYC collegiates. Then, take a guided nature walk to NYU’s Green Dorm, where you can learn about taking care of urban trees, all while dining on a delicious lunch provided by NYU’s very own student food co-op.  Time and place TBA–stay tuned!

Film Screening: “What’s for Dinner?” Wednesday, April 18th, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Meyer Building, 4 Washington Place, Room 122

This documentary follows the stories of Chinese people who are seeking alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, addressing the problem of the increasing need for meat in developing countries. The film will be followed by a discussion with one of the producers and a professor of social sciences.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Panel on Global Equity and Animal Agriculture Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 5:30-8:30 pm at Silver 408

Earth Day can be intellectual too—this is a fascinating panel discussion on the multi-faceted issue of food justice, with some really amazing speakers.

RSVP here.

Gallatin Presents: The Big Walk Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 am-2:30 pm

Gallatin is hosting The Big Walk 2 down starting at E 142nd Street and Fifth Avenue in honor of Earth Day, ending at Washington Square. Put on your walking shoes and prepare for Earth Day Gallatin-style.

Register here.

The Yes Fest: A Celebration of Successful Activism and Pranks Sunday, April 22nd, 5:30-7:30 pm at Kimmel, Eisner and Lubin 4th Floor Auditorium

We’re not sure what exactly this event entails. But the description sounds amazing: “The Yes-Men are hosting a party. A party to celebrate successful positive activism. A party that demonstrates that real social change can happen without resorting to negative imagery or violence.  A party that shows what humor (with a sharp suit and tie combination) can really do. There’s no dress code, but formal-wear is encouraged!”

Free and Open to the Public.

Punk Rock Clothes Swap Sunday, April 22nd, 2:00-5:00 pm at Kimmel, Eisner and Lubin 4th Floor Auditorium

Want to get rid of some old stuff, and get awesome, totally badass clothes in exchange? And then want to take a DIY workshop and learn how to re-accessorize your new threads? Then come to the punk rock clothes swap, while enjoying live music from four NYU student bands. The swap also accepts books, CDs, or anything else you’d like to share.

Free and Open to the Public.

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