Photo courtesy of LK Whitney of Magic City Made

How to Celebrate Earth Month in Birmingham

Photo courtesy of LK Whitney of Magic City Made

It’s Earth month, and although we believe caring for our planet should be an every day responsibility, we like that around the world, April shines a spotlight on the many reasons why. We know that incredible change becomes possible when people rally together to help make a difference.

Here in Birmingham Earth Month is being celebrated all throughout April on many different levels! My Green Birmingham is also pleased to announce our first ever Plastic Challenge, a 7-day Earth Month event beginning Monday, April 16th, that encourages individuals to greatly reduce their use of everyday plastics.

We’ve partnered with several other Birmingham area groups and non-profits in an attempt to help make a big difference in our city’s level of sustainability. We hope you’ll join our efforts this Earth month, and every month.

April 12: Plan to spend a fun evening with family and friends enjoying Relax by the Tracks, Railroad Park’s annual spring live music series. The April 12th event runs from 5-8 pm, and will feature a musical performance by Lauren Michael Sellers, and The Great Book of John. This family-friendly event is free, and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

April 14th: Pepper Place resumes it’s Saturday Farmer’s Market from 7 AM-12 Noon. Strawberries, lettuces and other delicate spring produce will be available. The market runs each Saturday, rain or shine, April-December each year. Pepper Place features a wide variety of farmers and other vendors, and most often hosts live music from local musicians. For directions and additional information, visit Pepper Place Market.

April 14th: Ruffner Mountain will host a Native Plant Sale from 9am – 3pm. More Information

April 14th-15th: Aveda at The Summit will offer Cuts for clean water,  discounted services to benefit the Gulf Coast Restoration Network. See store for details.

April 16th-April 22nd: My Green Birmingham’s Plastic Reduction Challenge begins!

How to Participate:

1) Demonstrate. Save your daily plastic waste (recyclable and non-recyclable) and document it daily or as many times up until Earth Day, April  22nd, 2012. You can do this via photo or video, and then share it with us. (Complete submission details will be available here on April 13th!)

2) Think. Start considering different methods of how you can reduce your plastic use

3) Transform it. Put your brainstorming into action and change your plastic use habits.

4) Share your experience and inspire others by talking about the improvements you’ve made!

More Information

April 16th: Whole Foods will pay your sales tax! Shop Whole Foods for all of your favorite natural and organic food, body care, household goods and more throughout the store.

April 19th: Aveda will host the Catwalk for Water, a fundraising event for cleaner water in the Gulf Region, from 6pm-8-pm at the Wine Loft. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. More Information

April 19th: Anthropologie in The Summit celebrates Earth Day with a children’s event, Oceanic Arts & Crafts, from 11am – 2 pm. Bring your little ones (recommended for ages 5-10)  in to enjoy supervised craft activities. Please aee a store manager to RSVP.

April 19th: Auntie Litter’s Annual Earth Day Parade and Celebration will take place from 9am -2pm at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham.  School children from around Birmingham fill the park for a day of fun and educational activities that include environmental entertainment, a picnic lunch, 30+ exhibitors and a parade through the streets of Birmingham.

April 21st: The Birmingham Zoo presents its annual Earth Day celebration, Party For The Planet from 10am -3pm. This fun, family-friendly event will be filled with activities and wildlife presentations promoting the care and conservation of our planet. Guests will see special shows and animal demonstrations.

April 21st: The 16th annual Green Tie Affair, is a favorite among spring social events. Held from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Good People Brewery, the Green Tie Affair celebrates the Alabama Environmental Council’s Recycle Alabama campaign, which aims to expand existing recycling programs and create new ones across the state. Silent and live auctions, will be featured along with live music, food, and an open bar. Tickets are $50 per person before April 16th.

April 21st: An Urban Farming Workshop will be held from 9 am – 4 pm in southwest Birmingham. The free, family-oriented workshop about urban gardening is sponsored by the Hopewell Women in Agriculture, the Southwest Birmingham Community Farm and several other organizations. Participants will learn about organic farming and what they can grow in a small urban area. There will be two workshops, one for adults, and one for children. Lunch is also included. The workshops will take place in the Family Life Center at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 4817 Jefferson Ave. S.W., and then guests will move to the farm. The farm is one block from the church at 4928 Park Avenue SW. To register, send an email to hopewellwomeninagriculture@gmail.com or call 205-420-1033. Search for:

April 22nd: The Nature Conservancy presents Picnic for the Planet, a world-wide Earth Day event celebrating the planet we live on, the bounty it provides and the people who work to preserve it. Birmingham’s community Picnic for the Planet will be held from 11am – 3pm at Railroad Park. Rain or Shine. More Information

April 26th: The 2012 Clean Energy Conference will take place on Friday, April 26th at the Harbert Building on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College. This one-day conference will focus on multiple clean fuel and energy alternatives. Speakers will discuss infrastructure and technological advancements, sustainability and the future of alternative sources on a regional and national scale. Attendees will have an opportunity to talk to vendors and see the latest clean fuel vehicles on display. More Information

May 5th: Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Earth Day at the Gardens. Alabama’s longest continually-running Earth Day event brings education to life with unique, educational activities for kids, families and the young at heart. The day will be filled with hands-on, interactive fun and games provided by The Gardens and like-minded organizations. Learn what makes native plants so vital to our environment, how to help protect plant pollinators, why sustainable gardening matters and how outdoor activities can improve your quality of life.

Know of a Birmingham area Earth Month event that we haven’t included here? Let us know! Contact Kate Agliata: kate@mygreenbirmingham.com

Written by Kate Agliata

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