Montclairians can participate in a variety of events around town marking Earth Day, Friday, April 22.
Among the events, which will be held over the next few days, including Earth Day:
MONTCLAIR FAITH LEADERS JOIN PROTEST IN NEWARK
Religious leaders at the Bnai Keshet Synagogue in Montclair will join their peers from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths in and around the Newark area for a public action to demand that Chase Bank and Wells Fargo end their investments in the fossil fuels and invest in clean and green energy jobs. As faith communities celebrate Passover, Ramadan and Easter, they will act in partnership with more than 20 similar efforts across the country supported by Greenfaith and Dayenu.
“This event, co-sponsored by the Newark Green Team, brings together believers and local climate justice advocates who call for an end to polluting facilities in Newark and investment in local climate solutions that generate green jobs, especially for black, brown, and low-income communities,” organizers said in an announcement of the events.
Participants will meet Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. outside the Chase and Wells Fargo branches at 550 Broad Street in downtown Newark. Attendees will enter branches to sing, pray, deliver letters to CEOs and share personal testimonies of the impact of the climate crisis.
TO MONTCLAIR COMMUNITY FARMS
Montclair Community Farms will honor Earth Day with a hands-on gardening workshop for youth recycling an indoor kitchen herb garden, a sale of ephemeral plants and activities for all community members to learn more about the composting, pollinators and beekeeping on Friday, April 22, 11 a.m. to noon at 16 Miller St. The event will also include an interactive, community-based PhotoVoice project, as well as games, arts and crafts, and a raffle. $4 youth in advance, $5 at the door, adults free. Young people must be accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine. More information: montclaircommunityfarms.org, click on “register & store.”
ON THE LIBRARY SQUARE
The Montclair Public Library is offering Celebrate Earth Day Every Day on Friday, April 22, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The community is invited to stop in the main library plaza to plant seeds to start a home garden and pick up crafts made from recycled materials.
For all ages.
EAGLE ROCK CLEANING HIKE
To celebrate Earth Day, the Montclair Area League of Women Voters is hosting its first “We Love Eagle Rock Reservation” program, a clean-up hike to prepare the reservation for the spring and summer seasons, the Saturday April 23, at 9 o’clock. The League’s partners in the event are the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club. The community is invited to participate and gather at the 9/11 Memorial. More information: Ron Pate, [email protected]
EARTH COALITION EVENTS
The Northeast Earth Coalition invites the community to join in its celebration of Earth Day 2022 on Saturday April 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crane Park Demonstration Garden, corner of Glenridge Avenue and Lackawanna Plaza. There will be environmental exhibits and the planting of native species. More than 120 volunteers from Montclair and surrounding communities will perform cleanups in nearby parks. There will also be an exhibition of the 2022 Toyota electric car prototype and music from three local bands. Community groups will have tables and NEEC will honor Councilors Bob Russo and Peter Yacobellis; Tom Mulligan, NEEC Board Member; and the Community Outreach Program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. US Representative Donald Payne Jr., D-10, will be a special guest. More information: www.neearth.org.
CLIMATE ACTION BIKE RIDE
Bike&Walk Montclair and Montclair Climate Action will be offering their first Climate Action bike ride on Sunday April 24, at 13h. On the mostly flat 8-mile course, riders will visit climate-related locations around town, including rooftop solar panels, the Drive Electric Earth Day event at Lackawanna Plaza, and Montclair Community Farms to learn about composting. The journey will begin and end at Walnut Street Station. Please make sure your tires are inflated; bring your helmet and water. More information: [email protected]
ELECTRIC CARS IN LACKAWANNA
A Drive Electric Earth Day event will take place on Sunday April 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lackawanna Plaza parking lot. The community is invited to meet Montclair residents who have electric vehicles, check out their cars and learn about the benefits of going electric. There will be a variety of makes and models, including Tesla, Ford, Chevy, Audi, Hyundai, VW, Cooper-Mini and more, as well as e-bikes. For the kids there will be an ice cream truck for the treats and a fire truck for the exam. Sponsored by Montclair Climate Action, the Sierra Club and GreenFaith. More information: [email protected].