Celebrate Earth Day at Columbus Park

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Celebrate this year’s Earth Day by helping with clean up Columbus Park  then attend an  action fair and a screening of “Biocentrics” downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center.

The activities begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at Columbus Park, 500 S. Central Ave., and move mid-day to the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

“Biocentrics” Director Fernanda Heinz Figueiredo is flying in from Brazil to be at the Chicago Cultural Center for the action fair and participate in a post-film discussion.

Dozens of local volunteers of all ages will be at the Columbus Park clean-up, which is happening in partnership with BUILD Chicago, Openlands, One Earth Collective, Field Museum, Friends of the Parks, Interfaith Green Network, Oak Park Climate Action Network and Seven Generations Ahead.

The One Earth Film Festival is an organizing vehicle for teaching, raising awareness and connecting people to opportunities for taking action. It deepens into diverse Chicago and suburban communities by forming creative partnerships and audience-centric programs. This year’s theme, “Let’s Get Loud!” is a bold expression of One Earth, amping up its role in rallying action on the climate emergency.

Attendees of all ages will be equipped with tools to take concrete actions to mitigate climate change and address environmental justice.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s events:

  • 9:00 a.m. sign in at Columbus Park shelter/pavilion
  • 9:00-11:30 a.m. trash clean-up, garden prep & mulching
  • 11:30-12:30 p.m. reflection & free lunch
  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. Earth Day Action Fair with refreshments at Chicago Cultural Center, 2nd Floor Rotunda 
  • 2:00-4:30 p.m. Earth Day “Biocentrics” Film Watch Party + Discussion, Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater

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