April 18, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day (and Week!) at Hopkins

Raychel Santo

Raychel Santo

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

The JHU Community Garden

If you haven’t yet enjoyed the start of (or more accurately, the sprint into) spring with the trees blossoming, lengthening days, and sunny weekends, now is the perfect time. This Monday, April 22, marks the 43rd annual Earth Day, and people across the world are gearing up to celebrate all that the planet has to offer. Whether you’re interested in exploring ecologically sound food production, helping in trash pick-ups and tree plantings, or just “greening” your lifestyle, there are plenty of ways you can participate. To top it off, Earth Day also happens to fall on a Meatless Monday this year, which should give you an extra incentive to go meatless and think about the carbon footprint of your food choices.

If you happen to be on or around the Johns Hopkins campus in the coming days, below is a highlight of  just a few of the many Earth Week festivities in store. For a full schedule of activities happening throughout the Johns Hopkins campuses during Earth Week 2013, click here.

Blue Jay’s Perch (BJP) Garden Celebration

Sunday, April 21, 1-3 pm at Johns Hopkins Eastern Campus

The BJP’s second season opening will feature kid-friendly activities, a composting workshop, vegetable planting, and the launch of a new astronomical sculpture project. Chef Irena Stein of Cafe Azafran will be making a brief commentary about the importance of local gardening initiatives and a local musician will add to the vibe with some tunes! Some sustainable food will be offered; attendees are encouraged to bring a small side dish to share in a garden picnic.

Campus Earth Day Showcase

Monday, April 22, 11am-2pm on the Gilman Quad (Homewood campus)

On Monday, the CLF will be joining other sustainability-related student groups, JHU departments, and greater Baltimore environmental organizations in tabling at the JHU Campus Earth Day Showcase. This festive celebration will feature games, small activities, and information to engage the Johns Hopkins community about sustainability efforts they can get involved in. Stop by the CLF table and enjoy many of the other groups’ offerings, as well as the first-ever Green Blue Jay Awards ceremony, which begins at noon.

Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Seminar

Wednesday, April 24, 12:15-1:15pm at JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe St., Room W3030

Five students and two instructors with the BUGS program of the Living Classrooms Foundation will come to JHSPH to conduct an interactive seminar about their program and help us make a healthy snack. Audience members will learn about how urban gardening can be beneficial for both child development and environmental sustainability, and about an ongoing effort within the Baltimore City community to teach kids about urban gardening, nutrition, and sustainability.

I hope that you will join us for any or all of these activities in celebration of our one and only planet Earth. In the words of the great Wendell Berry, “The care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”

Photo: The JHU Community Garden 2013.

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