Take Action for the Planet

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Darya Andrievskaya, Monkey Business Images, and g-stockstudio/Shutterstock

We love film, but you know what we love even more? Watching a film and then taking ACTION on what we learned! Our everyday actions are what really move the needle.

Check out these actions and projects from action partners who participated in this year’s One Earth Film Festival. Please multiply your effort by sharing your experience with your friends and family. Want more ideas? Sign up for Green Community Connection's monthly enewsletter.

Communicate & Learn

Be a host site for our Earth Day Week Mini Film Festival. It’s your chance to be a film host site at a super affordable price ($20-$25). Any school, business, church or community organization in the Midwest can sign up. Fill out our form by April 8 here. During the week of April 22-27, join the One Earth Film Festival and the City of Chicago for several dozen events across the region.

Connect with like-minded people. Environmentalists of color and allies are invited to sign up for the Environmentalists of Color e-newsletter.

Get informed. Opt in to the WBEZ Weekly Rundown, a curated newsletter emailed weekly. It’s packed with not to be missed stories and behind the scenes scoops. Perfect for acquainting yourself with issues related to the upcoming mayoral elections. Sign up.

Sign the Chicago Agreement on Climate & Community. It’s the Chicago region’s version of the Paris Climate Accord. It asks us to affirm the truth, commit to our responsibilities and take immediate action. Read it and sign here.

Learn the #ClimateSign to Unite for Climate Action. The Climate Sign is the peace sign of the Climate Era! Use the climate sign symbol or hand sign to show that you care about climate! Share your pic on social media with the hashtag, #ClimateSign. Learn more.

Take the Pledge for Sustainability. Read and sign it at Park District of Oak Park.

Multiply your efforts. Share this list with your friends and family.  

Find One Earth’s 2019 films. Missed a film? Check out our list of 2019 films and where to find them. Talk about the films and encourage friends and family members to watch them.

Watch 2 more terrific environmental films at the DOC10 Festival April 13 and 14. Doc10, Chicago’s film festival showcasing the year’s ten best documentaries, is very proud to be hosting the Chicago premieres of two award-winning films that will resonate with our interests in sustainability and a healthy planet: Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas De Pencier’s staggeringly beautiful and shocking ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH and the special Closing Night Presentation of John Chester’s THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM. More information here: http://www.doc10.org/biggest-little-farm  http://www.doc10.org/anthropocene

Use code Doc10_OEFF for 10% off tickets.

Connect with Nature

Get outside and immerse yourself in the restorative power of nature. Follow Laura Derks of Flybird Experience on Facebook for tips and inspiration. Contact her for a guided walk for your family, your group or your organization at lcderks@gmail.com.

Meditate in the woods.  Join Unity Temple’s Sacred Wandering meditation sessions in Thatcher Woods to center yourself so you can be a better steward of the earth and the forest. More information and schedule here.

Teach your child to make a nature journal. Children can become conscious observers of plants, animals and insects in their community. A journal is the perfect place for them to write and draw those observations. Learn more at The Little Bits Workshop.

Take a Tree Tour. At 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 19, join Emily Okallau, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and The Morton Arboretum, for a tour of River Forest’s parkway trees. The group will be walking and talking at a leisurely pace along the Village parkways. Meet in front of the River Forest Library on Lathrop. Learn more about the River Forest Sustainability Commission.

Help plant fruit trees around the globe. Join Trees That Feed as they plant sustainable food forests in the poorest countries in the world. Learn more.

Volunteer for nature. Whether you are looking to volunteer or find peers who share your commitment to preserving nature, there is an opportunity near you through The Nature Conservancy! Volunteer for nature and make a difference in your community today.

Monarch Butterflies

Plant native plants to attract butterflies, birds and pollinators to your yard. Choose from more than 100 species in the West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale.

Attend the 7th annual CCGA Annual Gardeners Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Breakthrough FamilyPlex in the Garfield Park neighborhood. The theme this year is: Gardening and Adapting to a Changing Climate. Learn about the Chicago Community Gardeners Association, which offers "free" plant distributions and workshops.

Live Lightly on the Earth

Plant a Climate Victory Garden to sequester carbon and provide healthy food for your family. Register your garden on Green America’s Victory Garden map.

Shop for your clothes consciously to ensure they are produced responsibly. Check out Majamas.

Sign up for food scrap pick up at your home or business. Collective Resource, Inc., works to reduce greenhouse gases by diverting food scraps from landfills. They offer door-to-door collection services for homes, offices, and restaurants throughout Chicagoland. Learn more.

Donate your bicycles to Working Bikes to further their mission of empowerment in Chicago and abroad. Visit their website to learn more.

Support biking in Chicago by reading and acting on J.C. Lind Bike Co.’s “List of Top Actions for Biking.” It’s packed with meaningful actions, such as joining a biking advocacy group, attending a community meeting, learning the City of Chicago bike map, learning the “Dutch Reach” and much more. Read it here.

Volunteer at the River Forest Recycling Extravaganza from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Help sort materials, unload cars or deliver collections to local partners. Contact julie@4moller.com for more information.

Eat closer to the land. Choose foods that are produced closer to home, eat more plant-based meals or consider going full-out vegetarian or vegan. For more information, visit Sugar Beet Food Co-op in Oak Park.    

Attend the Food as Medicine symposium in May at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem, this event will explore food, gut health and the microbiome. Learn more.

Support environmentally responsible farmers. As an environmentally responsible Illinois livestock producing farm, Arnolds Farm encourages people to support them and other farms striving to produce animals and plant-based foods by purchasing directly from the farmers. For more information, visit www.arnoldsfarm.com

Grow a better garden. Let the Deep Roots Project help with your edible gardening needs like custom built raised garden beds and Super Growth Garden Soil. They also offer delivery and installation. Call 773-502-5600 and ask for David. See products here.

Spend 20 minutes exploring local water quality and conservation resources on Green Community Connections’ website.

Flex Your Citizen Muscles

Vote! Key races are coming up in the city and suburbs. Learn the environmental positions of the candidates and vote.

Learn about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act  (EICDA) making its way through Congress and then connect with your members of congress.

Pray, educate others and encourage politicians to sign on and envision the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act bill being passed, recommends The Care For Our Common Home ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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Learn about the Green New Deal – it’s an exciting package of legislation focused on tackling climate change and creating healthier communities for everyone. Learn more from the Sunrise Movement and from Food and Water Watch.

Educate your legislators about important environmental issues on Faith in Place’s Advocacy Day: Thursday, May 9, 2019! Register online.

Support the Ready For 100 Campaign in Chicago. Tell your alderman to support resolution R2019-157 in support of an equitable 100% clean energy transition for all of Chicago! You can sign it too. Led by the Chicago Group of the Sierra Club. Learn more.

Celebrate Your Efforts

Reward yourself by listening to our Festival Spotify Playlist, curated by DJ Jill Hopkins at Vocalo 91.1 ---Chicago’s Urban Alternative Radio Station. Packed with eco-themed tunes from artists you've heard of and some you haven't, attendees at our Opening Night Launch and Festival Wrap Parties LOVED IT!

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