WBEZ | earth day http://www.wbez.org/tags/earth-day Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Millennials and the environmental movement http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-22/morning-shift-millennials-and-environmental-movement <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MDGovpics_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For Earth Day we talk about public transportation and the involvement of young Americans in the environmental movement. Also, the economic impact of presidential libraries and the state of suburban development.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-millennials-and-the-environmental-mo/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-millennials-and-the-environmental-mo.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-millennials-and-the-environmental-mo" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Millennials and the environmental movement" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-22/morning-shift-millennials-and-environmental-movement 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 Worldview 4.20.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-20/worldview-42012-98421 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Worms.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It’s time for <em>Worldview’s</em> annual Earth Day Quiz! Are you an environmental film whiz? Do you know anything about the poo-powered car? What about how to make yourself attractive to the common earthworm? Call us at <strong>312-923-9239</strong> to be part of today's show. Jerome is joined by film contributor Milos Stehlik and Howard Lerner, executive director of the <a href="http://elpc.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Environmental Law and Policy Center</a>.</p></p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-04-20/worldview-42012-98421 Op/Ed: Every day is Earth day in the 53rd Ward http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-22/oped-every-day-earth-day-53rd-ward-85563 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/53rdward.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>We continue our Friday series of special blog posts from Alderman Ed Bus. The 53rd ward alderman has served Chicago for over 40-45 years. His experience in city politics and policy is almost unparalleled. Today, Alderman Bus sounds off on Earth Day. </em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="533" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-22/53rdward.jpg" title="The 53rd Ward " width="400"></p><p>Today is Earth Day. It's a day designed to remind people they are ruining the world. I agree with the hippies, we gotta do somethin.' That's why as alderman of the 53rd Ward, I make sure Earth Day isn't just reserved for some rainy day that coincides with the death of Jesus Christ, but for every single day. The 53rd Ward doesn't wait for a Hallmark holiday. We take matters into our own hands. And that is why our ward is the most environmentally-friendly ward in Chicago*.</p><p>I've always like the color green. And my lawmaking reflects that. I was the first alderman to suggest putting a garden on the top of City Hall. Sure, my suggestion was for a golf course, but same idea. And I also honorarily named a street after Dallas Green. And Shecky Green too. And I hate dry cleaners.</p><p>Back home, I'm even more diligent. Here are some examples of how we keep things green in the 53rd:</p><ul><li>Like I said, I hate dry cleaners. They don't even clean your shirts, they just iron em. And what's with all the hangers? So I outlawed them in the 53rd. I personally don't need one because I wash all my shirts in the dump sink behind the garage. Then I hang em on the back of the bathroom door and take a 45 minute hot shower get out the wrinkles.</li><li>I don't like to waste energy. We try to curb wasteful use of power, like plugging in voting machines. I got guys who can count votes. I don't need to kill the planet having a machine do it.</li><li>We also try to curb unnecessary waste in the ward. At <em>53rd Ward Beef and Wings, </em>they use every part of the wax paper. If you throw it out after eatin', the guys just grab it and wipe it off and wrap the next sandwich. Just because it has some grease and oil on it don't make it bad! Stop complainin' to the ward office! Also, they don't change the deep fryer grease. They just keep using it over and over. It makes the fries crispier!</li><li>I personally don't use soap.&nbsp;</li><li>We don't have running water in the 53rd Ward parks. If you go to the bathroom, it's straight up porta-potty style. And we then use the unmentionables on the forest preserve soil to grow corn. And we take that corn and feed the 53rd ward stray cats. In turn, they don't meow as much because they aren't hungry. Therefore, we don't have as many random alley-way shootings and/or animal abuse. Therefore kids don't have to worry and can study more in school, therefore graduating, therefore becoming productive rich people in society. Boom, we just solved several problems.</li><li>During our block parties, we don't use generators to blow up the bouncy-houses. I pay some of the Ed Bus Tumblers to blow them up by hand..<em>.er</em>...mouth. It's good exercise. It's sort of like running a marathon, but your calves aren't sore afterwards. I pay the tumblers back by taking them down to the Michiana Harbor &amp; Ship Canal for a few laps. They love it. They say the water tastes like pizza!</li></ul><p>So there ya have it. When you decide on a neighborhood you want to live in or perhaps a candidate you want to vote for, take a look at what they are doing to make the world around you a better place to live, even when it is not election season. And that candidate is me, Alderman Ed Bus.</p><p>And remember, if you don't follow my 53rd ward rules, we'll find you.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-22/Bus-Daley-challenger.jpg" style="width: 489px; height: 666px;" title="Left to right - Jason Challenger, Mayor Daley, Alderman Ed Bus "></p><p>*Based on square footage. The ward is pretty small.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-22/oped-every-day-earth-day-53rd-ward-85563 Friday Foodie Forecast: Earth Day and chef collaborations http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-22/friday-foodie-forecast-earth-day-and-chef-collaborations-85505 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-21/cartoon chefs.jpg" style="width: 364px; height: 199px;" title=""></p><p>While Easter brunches and Passover Seder dinners have all but taken over food talk this week, the coming days also feature some noteworthy chef-driven collaborations. <a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death’s Door Spirits </a>will be serving up specialty cocktails at <a href="http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com">Province</a> where Chef Randy Zweiban joins forces with <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/delicatessen.htm">City Provisions</a> Chef Cleetus Friedman, creating a multi-course, seasonal, sustainable dinner in honor of Earth Day. Chicago’s <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com">Blackbird</a> will be teaming up with Napa’s <a href="http://www.blackbirdvineyards.com/">Blackbird</a> –<em>Vineyards </em>that is – for a customized dinner and wine pairing, while <a href="http://www.quartino.com/">Quartino</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;throwing a bash showcasing Chef John Coletta’s fare and Italy’s fine <a href="http://www.quartino.com/">wines</a> as well.&nbsp;Here’s to classic couplings and the spirit of teamwork – cheers!</p><p><strong>Province Celebrates Earth Day</strong></p><p>In honor of Earth Day, Chef Randy Zweiban of <a href="http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com/">Province</a> invites Chef Cleetus Friedman of <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/delicatessen.htm">City Provisions </a>over to his West Loop kitchen for a one-of-a kind collaboration Friday, April 22, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to multi-course, sustainable finger foods sourced from three local farms – including skirt steak taquitos with ancho-chipotle aioli and Cuban pork sandwiches with pickles and mustard salsa – paired with cocktail creations from <a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death’s Door Spirits</a>. Tickets are $55 per person and include food and drink (as well as tax and gratuity). A portion of the proceeds will benefit <a href="http://chefscollaborative.org/">Chefs Collaborative</a> – a nonprofit network of chefs promoting sustainable cuisine by teaching children, supporting local farmers, educating one another and inspiring the public to choose good, clean food – <a href="http://www.organicvalley.coop/">Organic Valley</a> will also match all donations. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Province at 312-669-9900. Province is located at 161 N. Jefferson St. For more information, visit <a href="http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com/">http://chicago.provincerestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Blackbird Vineyards Dinner</strong></p><p>While the snow gives way to rain and the blackbirds fly back to Chicago as a beacon of spring, <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/">Blackbird</a>&nbsp;the restaurant meets <a href="http://www.blackbirdvineyards.com/">Blackbird</a> - the Napa-based winery - for a customized dinner of food and wine pairings this Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Held in the restaurant’s private upstairs dining room, chefs David Posey and Paul Kahan join forces with Paul Leary of Napa’s Blackbird Vineyards for a menu including English pea soup with hamachi bacon, eucalyptus, and yogurt; roasted duck breast with pastrami, garbanzo beans, golden raisin custard, and rye; and lamb loin with fried lentils, salsify, smoked olives, and licorice pudding. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312-715-0708. Tickets are $125 per person (<em>inclusive of tax and gratuity</em>). <em>Note</em>: Blackbird also offers an ongoing, $22 three-course prix fixe lunch menu Mon. thru Fri. Blackbird is located at 619 W. Randolph St. For more information, visit <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/">http://blackbirdrestaurant.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Quartino Throws a Wine Bash</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.quartinochicago.com/">Quartino</a> invites you to taste the wines of Italy and join in on its <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quartino/251670422096">April Wine Bash</a> this Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The event – now in its third year held on the last Wednesday of every month - showcases wines from a particular region or style, with Sicilian wines the focus of this evening’s soiree. The tasting will include samples of Caldora Chardonnay; Cusumano Syrah; Nero d’Avola; and merlot. Wines will be paired with festive bites and seasonal specialties by Executive Chef John Coletta including; roasted peppers; beet and walnut salad; assorted Neapolitan pizze; bruschetta; and grilled vegetables. Guests are invited to take home a bottle of the featured wines for $10 per bottle. Tickets are $20 per person and registration begins at 6:30 at the door (<em>reservations are not accepted</em>). Quartino is located at 626 N. State. For more information, call 312-698-5000, or visit <a href="http://www.quartino.com/">www.quartino.com</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-22/friday-foodie-forecast-earth-day-and-chef-collaborations-85505 Worldview's annual Earth Day quiz! http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-22/worldviews-annual-earth-day-quiz-85553 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/112211620.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It’s time for <em>Worldview’s</em> annual Earth Day Quiz! Do you know which major league baseball stadium was given an award by PETA for serving the most vegetarian options, including veggie hot dogs? Call us at<strong> 312-832-3124</strong> to play. Jerome will be joined in studio by lifelong environmentalist Kitty Kurth and Howard Learner, director of the <a href="http://elpc.org/" target="_blank">Environmental Law and Policy Center</a>.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-22/worldviews-annual-earth-day-quiz-85553