Earth Month 2024

Why celebrate Earth Day when you can be celebrating Earth Month? Here’s what WE ACT has going on this month:


Friday, April 5
New York City Environmental Justice Advisory Board Releasing EJNYC Report
As chair of the New York City Environmental Justice Advisory Board, Peggy Shepard will be speaking this afternoon – Friday, April 5 – at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice’s release of its first-ever Environmental Justice NYC (EJNYC) Report and Mapping Tool in Queens. You can learn more about this report by listening to this episode of our Uptown Chats podcast!


Monday, April 8
Uptown Chats Podcast – Honoring Cecil Corbin-Mark
In this episode of our Uptown Chats podcast, Jaron and Lonnie will talk with Peggy Shepard about Cecil Corbin-Mark, our former Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives who passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 51. The interview also recalls some of WE ACT’s earliest campaigns, and what it was like to get this organization off the ground. Tune in here on Monday, April 8. And we will also be celebrating Cecil at the Cecil Corbin-Mark Street Naming Ceremony on April 20.


Wednesday, April 10
RFF’s Interconnected Injustices: Understanding Cumulative Impacts Panel
Peggy Shepard and Tishman Environment and Design Center Director Ana Baptista will be discussing cumulative impacts at Resources for the Future’s Interconnected Injustices: Understanding Cumulative Impacts, a virtual panel discussion from 12:00-1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10 that will examine how interconnected injustices can impact communities and the importance of incorporating cumulative impacts into environmental policymaking. RSVP Here

Understanding New Efficiency: New York
Many low-income New Yorkers do not qualify for the State’s existing energy efficiency programs, making it harder for them to reduce energy use and lower their utility bills. One way we hope to change that is with New Efficiency: New York (NENY), a $5-billion proceeding within the Public Service Commission (PSC) that sets a goal and strategies for building developers, commercial and institutional building owners, industrial facilities, and residential households to pursue improvements that reduce energy consumption across the State. Come learn more about NENY at New Yorkers for Clean Power’s webinar, New Efficiency: New York – From Proceeding to Practice, on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00-1:00 PM. Eric Walker will be one of the panelists! RSVP Here


Thursday, April 11
Peggy Shepard Talks Climate Change on From City to the World
Peggy Shepard will be a guest on From City to the World, the radio show hosted by Vince Boudreau, President of The City College of New York, on Thursday, April 11 at 4:00 PM. She will be among the guests talking about climate change. You can listen to it live on WHCR 90.3 FM, the Voice of Harlem, or listen to it as a podcast here.


Saturday, April 13
April Membership Meeting: Assembly District 68 Candidates Forum (NEW LOCATION)
At our April Membership Meeting on Saturday, April 13, we will host a Candidate’s Forum to introduce you to all the candidates running for New York State Assembly District 68, which covers East Harlem, a few pockets of Central Harlem, and all of Randall’s Island. The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center, which is located at 175 East 104th Street (between Lexington & Third Avenues). RSVP Here

Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Conference
Peggy Shepard will be speaking about “false solutions” on two back-to-back panels beginning at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 13 during the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Conference at the Javits Center on April 12-14. The conference is free and open to all, and will provide an opportunity to learn how to become more active in the fight to address the climate crisis. Learn more here.


Tuesday, April 16
Earth Day Advocacy Day
Join WE ACT and our colleagues for an Earth Day Lobby Day as we head to Albany on Tuesday, April 16 to advocate for a variety of environmental justice legislation, including the Enhanced Public Participation Plan (S.2510A/A.6584A), the Beauty Justice Bill (S.4265/A.6969), and the Lead Paint Right to Know Act. We will be taking a bus up to Albany and scheduling meetings with key state legislators to explain to them why this environmental justice legislation is critical for the health of our communities. For those who sign-up to attend, we will have a Zoom prep meeting on April 15 from 6:00-7:00 PM to explain the details of the bills, provide tips on talking to legislators, and answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, feel free to watch this brief video showing what you can expect on one of our Albany trips. If you join us, we will meet at WE ACT’s office (on the Second Floor of 1854 Amsterdam Avenue, which is at the corner of 152nd Street) at 6:00 AM on April 16. We will have bagels and coffee before boarding the bus to Albany for the day, returning to our office around 6:00 PM. RSVP Here


Wednesday, April 17
Fighting Food Waste in NYC
Lonnie Portis will join NRDC New York City Environment Director & Senior Attorney of Environmental Health (and long-serving WE ACT Board Member) Eric Goldstein, NYU Office of Sustainability Chief Sustainability Officer Cecil Scheib, and Hunter College Assistant Professor of Urban Policy Planning & author of Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities Lily Pollans in a panel discussion on composting and food waste moderated by New York University Wilf Family Professor of Property Law Katrina Wyman. Sponsored by the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy & Land Use Law, State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU Environmental Law Society, & NYU Law Women, this in-person event will run from 4:45-5:45 PM in Classroom 212 of Furman Hall, which is located at 245 Sullivan Street. Learn more here.

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code JCC Harlem Film Screening & Discussion – Caleb Smith will participate in a discussion about extreme heat and the other disproportionate impacts of climate change at a free screening of Cooked: Survival by Zip Code, a documentary on the deadly 1995 Chicago heatwave by filmmaker Judith Helfand. The Wednesday, April 17th event will run from 6:30-8:30 PM at the JCC Harlem, located at 318 West 118th Street. Filmmaker Judith Helfand and JCC Rabbi in Residence Rabbi Mira Rivera will also join the discussion. RSVP


Thursday, April 18
NYAM’s How to Blow up a Pipeline Screening & Discussion
Briana Carbajal will participate in a discussion on climate activism following the New York Academy of Medicine’s free screening of How to Blow Up a Pipeline on Thursday, April 18 from 6:00-8:30 PM at 1216 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of East 103rd Street). RSVP Here


Friday, April 19
East Harlem Earth Day Conference
WE ACT will be participating in Community Board 11’s annual East Harlem Earth Day Conference at the Museum of the City of New York from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM on April 19 at 1220 Fifth Avenue (between East 103rd & 104th Streets).


Saturday, April 20
Cecil Corbin Mark Street Naming
Join us on Saturday, April 20 for a special ceremony unveiling Cecil Corbin-Mark Street. Yes, thanks to the help of New York City Councilmember Shaun Abreu, Cecil will have a street named after him! We will gather on Saturday, April 20 at 11 am for the ceremony at the corner of West 143rd Street and Convent Avenue. Get all the details, and RSVP here.

Friends of Inwood Hill Park’s Annual Earth Day Festival
WE ACT will also be attending Friends of Inwood Hill Park’s Annual Earth Day Festival from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on April 20 at Inwood Hill Park (at the Seaman Avenue & Isham Street entrance. Learn more and RSVP here.


Monday, April 22
Uptown Chats Podcast – Celebrating Parks on Earth Day
In the second of our April episodes of Uptown Chats, Jaron and Lonnie will talk about the importance of parks and other green spaces in environmental justice communities. Tune in here on Monday, April 22.

Briana Carbajal Speaking at Earth Day Program at the Kennedy Center
Briana Carbajal will speak at the annual Earth Day program, Planet vs. Plastics, from 5:00-8:00 PM on Monday, April 22 at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Center, located at 34 West 134th Street, between Fifth Avenue & Malcolm X Boulevard. Learn more and RSVP here.


Tuesday, April 23
Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture at American University
Peggy Shepard will be giving the annual Nancy Weiser Ignatius Lecture at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 23. Learn more here.


Wednesday, April 24
Headlines and Footnotes: Environmental Justice in a Time of Planetary Crisis
Peggy Shepard will be speaking at Headlines and Footnotes: Environmental Justice in a Time of Planetary Crisis, a day-long summit hosted by Wake Forest University’s Environmental & Epistemic Justice Initiative on Wednesday, April 24 in Winston-Salem, NC. Learn more here.


Thursday, April 25
Climate & Environmental Justice: A Discussion of NYC’s Plans
On Thursday, April 25, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Climate School are hosting a Harlem Earth Day Event from 6:00-8:00 PM at Columbia University’s Low Library. Peggy Shepard will be one of the featured speakers along with New York City Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Executive Director Elijah Hutchinson and New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. POSTPONED


Friday, April 26
Cooked: Survival by Zip Code Maysles Harlem Film Screening & Panel Discussion
WE ACT has partnered with the Climate Film Festival along with the Maysles Documentary Center to host a free screening of Cooked: Survival by Zip Code, a documentary on the deadly 1995 Chicago heatwave by filmmaker Judith Helfand. The Friday, April 26th event will begin with a reception at 6:00 PM, a screening of this powerful environmental justice documentary at 7:00 PM, and then a panel discussion about the disproportionate impacts of extreme heat at 8:30 PM. Peggy Shepard will provide opening remarks and Caleb Smith will moderate the panel featuring Elijah Hutchinson, Executive Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice (MOCEJ); Leslie Vasquez, Clean Air Project Organizer at South Bronx Unite; and Kim Knowlton, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Join us on April 26 at the Maysles Documentary Center, located at 343 Malcolm X Boulevard (between West 127th & 128th Streets). Seating is limited so be sure to RSVP.


Sunday, April 28
Earth Day 5K Fundraiser
Come celebrate Earth Day, help raise funds for WE ACT, and run or walk for a healthier, greener community at our annual Earth Day 5K fundraiser. We will be holding the fun run at Randall’s Island at 8:00 AM on Sunday, April 28. You can run or walk, and enter as an individual or as a team. Sign up today and get a free WE ACT membership! And If you can’t join us, please consider making a donation to support our work.


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