WBEZ | environmental organization http://www.wbez.org/tags/environmental-organization Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Earth Day event roundup http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/chicago-earth-day-event-roundup-106696 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmmmarshall/3455778225/" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fotp%20cleanup.jpg" style="height: 429px; width: 610px;" title="Friends of the Park members lead a clean-up of Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary on Earth Day in 2010. (Flickr/Marshall Rosenthal)" /></a></div><p>Since Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson <a href="http://www.epa.gov/earthday/history.htm">proposed the first Earth Day more than 40 years ago</a>, the day of environmental action has morphed into something quite different &mdash; not unlike the environmental movement itself.</p><p><a href="http://inhabitat.com/top-five-dumbest-greenwashed-earth-day-gimmicks/">Greenwashing</a> is ubiquitous year-round, but it&rsquo;s especially in bloom around April 22. Take the particularly brazen example of <a href="http://fs.ogm.utah.gov/PUB/DOGM/Earth_Day/EarthDayPosterContest-OfficialRules2013.pdf">an Earth Day poster contest in Utah</a> that asked schoolchildren to <a href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56024796-78/contest-petroleum-poster-oil.html.csp">sing the praises</a> of oil, gas and mining. It&rsquo;s enough to turn some off to the idea entirely, as it has for writer Marc Gunther:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>So why do I hate <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23EarthDay">#EarthDay</a>? Stupid email pitches, companies patting themselves on the back, sustainability by anecdote.</p>&mdash; Marc Gunther (<a href="http://twitter.com/MarcGunther" target="_blank">@MarcGunther</a>) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarcGunther/status/322014915672043521">April 10, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>With the <a href="http://grist.org/climate-change/2011-12-05-the-brutal-logic-of-climate-change/">brutal logic of climate change</a> staring down society, we&rsquo;re in bad shape if environmental action remains merely a holiday ritual like pumpkin carving.</p><p>If Earth Day <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-12/news/chi-taking-earth-day-one-step-further-20130412-barr_briefs_1_earth-day-carbon-pollution-planet">compels you to do more</a> than talk, you can <a href="http://earthdaychicago.blogspot.com/">join a political rally</a> against hydraulic fracturing and oil sands pipelines. Or <a href="http://www.epa.gov/gogreen/">follow EPA&#39;s advice</a> on how to reduce your personal impact on the environment.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s still something affirming about a day of service (<a href="http://www.earthday.org/">more info here</a>), or even just a bit of time set aside for personal reflection or a hike.</p><p>Here are a few events around town:</p><p><a href="http://www.earthdaychicago.com/">Clean up with Friends of the Parks</a> in <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/humboldt-park-earth-day-/">Humboldt Park</a>, <a href="http://luc.edu/communityrelations/llnlsc/earthday2013/">Edgewater</a> or elsewhere. <em>April 20, 9 a.m. &ndash; 12 p.m. </em>Check your neighborhood park.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/481475695238973/">Learn to garden with PERRO</a>, the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization. <em>April 20, 11 a.m. &mdash;&nbsp;2 p.m. </em>1423 W. 17<sup>th</sup> St.</p><p><a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/illinois/picnic-for-earth-chicago.xml">Picnic with The Nature Conservancy</a> in Millennium Park if you&rsquo;re downtown.<em>&nbsp;April 20, 11 a.m. &mdash;&nbsp;3 p.m. </em>Millennium Park, Chase Promenade South Tent.</p><p><a href="http://www.slowfoodchicago.org/index.php/2013/04/07/preserve-garden-workday-2/">Sow seeds with Slow Food Chicago</a> at PreSERVE Garden in North Lawndale. <em>April 20, 10 a.m. &mdash; 12 p.m. </em>12<sup>th</sup> Place and Central Park Avenue.</p><p><a href="http://www.earthday5kchicago.com/">Run a 5K for Earth Day</a>. The fourth annual race partners with GreenChoice Bank, <a href="../../blogs/chris-bentley/2013-01/rolling-out-green-carpet-legally-speaking-105010">the state&rsquo;s first benefit corporation</a>, and Gobi Project, a mobile DJ booth powered by solar panels.<em>&nbsp;April 27, 9 a.m., Humboldt Park</em>.</p><p><a href="http://www.nrdconline.org/site/Calendar?id=100581&amp;view=Detail">Raise a glass with the Natural Resources Defense Council</a> at a craft beer tasting to support craft brewers <a href="../../blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/midwest-breweries-lead-environmental-groups-charge-fortify-water-laws">who have pledged to defend water quality legislation</a>.&nbsp;<em>April 22, 6-9 p.m. </em>825 W. Erie St.</p><p><a href="http://earthdatacelebration.eventbrite.com/">Crunch numbers at &quot;Earth Data: A Sustainable Chicago 2015 Celebration,&quot;</a> wherein the city&rsquo;s data folk team up with Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and the World Wide Fund for Nature to discuss Big Data and climate change in preparation for a hackathon on April 26. <em>April 22, 6-9 p.m. 78 E. Washington Ave.</em></p><p>Here&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagoparent.com/picks/earth-day-celebrations">a list of family-friendly Earth Day events from <em>Chicago Parent</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 05:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/chicago-earth-day-event-roundup-106696 Mapping Chicago's green groups http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/mapping-chicagos-green-groups-106125 <p><p>Chicago has no shortage of &ldquo;green&rdquo; organizations and advocates, but sometimes it can be difficult to see the forest from the trees. Since January 2011 a group called Accelerate 77 has worked to catalogue and connect the city&rsquo;s community gardeners, environmental justice groups, energy efficiency entrepreneurs and environmental initiatives of all stripes throughout Chicago&rsquo;s 77 designated community areas.</p><p>What can the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html/">Bridgeport farmers market</a> learn from Roseland&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.dcpchicago.org/">Developing Communities Project</a>? That&rsquo;s up to them to decide, but a crowd-sourced effort to map hundreds of neighborhood programs should help them connect.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/accelerate-77-map-screenshot.jpg" title="A screenshot of Accelerate 77's interactive map. Click through to explore. (Courtesy Acclerate77.net and Google Maps)" /></div><p>The group is currently holding meetings across the city, soliciting ideas from environmental organizations for ways to help the many disparate groups work together. A West Side meeting at Garfield Park Conservatory Thursday counted among its attendees West Garfield Park community gardeners, 29<sup>th</sup> Ward Ald. Deborah Graham and educators from <a href="http://ccaacademy.org">CCA Academy</a>.</p><p>The next meeting is Sunday March 17 at Morgan Park Seventh Day Adventist Church (Morgan Park Farms) at 1543 W. 110th St., from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.</p><p>They are planning follow up meetings on the North and Southwest sides for April. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RSawz_0Jj3W-p18uGviFhyVvGina4PeOCCsYA4nPF4M/viewform">RSVP here</a>. Accelerate 77 is sponsored by the nonprofit <a href="http://www.ica-usa.org/">Institute of Cultural Affairs</a>.</p><p>View the map here: http://accelerate77.net/map/view-the-map</p></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/mapping-chicagos-green-groups-106125