Weeklong Event Schedule Celebrates Earth Day
Erie's Green New Deal Coalition and The Climate Reality Project help to host a plethora of online events
Although protests and rallies have been canceled, activists for climate change have a new digital presence. Beginning Wednesday morning, there will be events planned for the rest of the week with some local favorites to spread the word about the world.
Despite having only weeks to turn scheduled events into a digital form, community leaders remain hopeful.
Janine Fenell, the chairperson for Erie's Climate Reality Project (CRP) chapter, said they started planning events in August of 2018, but everything came to a screeching halt when COVID-19 caused closures and lockdown.
"Getting the general public to show up at an event is really hard," Fenell commented. "I'm actually feeling better about this approach now because people are more apt to click on it and ask 'is this something I want to learn about?'"
The CRP will be updating its website, www.erieearthday.com throughout the week with poems, opinion pieces, and declarations of green living, in addition to added links to stream the events sponsored by www.earthday.org.
The Green New Deal Coalition will also be hosting a plethora of events throughout the week, along with social media challenges.
John Vanco, former Erie Art Museum director, helped organize the week. Vanco said the timing couldn't be much worse, but they're back on their feet and have made a valiant effort to make all the events accessible online. He emphasized that even though it's not what people may be used to, we can all learn from the coronavirus outbreak how to better anticipate future crises.
"I hope everyone tunes in and realizes the importance of Earth Day," Vanco said. "I'm hoping there's a lesson to learn in this for all of us."
The Green New Deal Coalition's schedule includes events with local artists, politicians, musicians, and self-care activities to engage their audience the whole week.
Wednesday, April 22
Declaration of a Climate Emergency by Meadville Residents
Noon – 1 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Green New Deal Coalition Introductions
Including a video from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Speaker Amina about getting involved, Speaker Joel about the Sunrise Movement, and Speaker Lynn about proper item disposal.
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Kylie Wirebach & SEA with Trashion Show
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Sebastian McRae & Sustainable Design Team
3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Earth Film with Panel- Film Under Quarantine
The Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania features Film Under Quarantine, a virtual theater. The film will be available for rent and after watching, join via Zoom for a discussion featuring panelists John Vanco, Sarah Bennet, Matthew Ferrence, and Tiffany Onywieu.
Live Painting with Jess Scutella
Jess Scutella, tattooist and writer will be live stream painting to raise money for Earth Day coalitions.
8 p.m. // www.Twitch.tv/mrscutella
Thursday, April 23
Report on Allegheny Divestment
The discussion about fossil fuel divestment commences with a team of Allegheny College students who researched whether or not the college should divest.
1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Regional Water and Climate Impacts Discussion
Join Sarah Bennet, Erie Pennfuture organizer to discuss climate issues and collaborative opportunities between Pennfuture and the Green New Deal.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Local Artists Talk
Featuring The Meadville Council on the Arts, Allegheny Art Gallery, and Lexi Robarts.
3 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Friday, April 24
Zoom Meeting with George Ackerman
A meeting about voter registration.
1 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Elected Officials Session
Featuring Kathy Dahlkemper, Michael Kays, and Gary Lee from Erie, and Autumn and Larry from Meadville.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Performances by Local Artists and Musicians
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Discussion including candidates Kristy Gnibus, Matthew Ferrence, Andre Horton, and Julie Slomski.
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Young Skola performs his climate strike song.
4:30 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Saturday, April 25
Sustainable Business Saturday Artist Day
Join the Green New Deal Coalition for sustainable business features and music from local artists. Erie features include Glass Growers Gallery, Like My Thai, Tipsy Bean, the Co-op, Oasis Market, and Artlore Studios. There will be virtual performances by Yeshuwa, FRESCO, and Jordy the Traveler.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Sunday, April 26
Interfaith prayer and meditation with Rev. Alex Holt.
11:30 a.m. – Noon // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
ECO People Digital Dump
Noon – 12:10 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition
Inspirational Speaker Dominick Dodds
12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. // facebook.com/PAGNDCoalition