Earth Day

At WE ACT, we believe the Earth deserves more than a day of celebration. That’s why we are celebrating Earth Month. And we’ve brought it Uptown, with events throughout Northern Manhattan, to better draw attention to issues that are impacting low-income communities and communities of color. The following is a list of events we have planned for Earth Month Uptown:

Wednesday, April 3rd: Urban Heat Island Movie & Panel Discussion
TIME: 6:00-8:30 PM
LOCATION: Davis Auditorium, Hess Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 1470 Madison Avenue, East Harlem
We launch our Earth Month Uptown celebration with a FREE screening of Cooked: Survival by Zip Code, a documentary film that explores how extreme weather events like heatwaves have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and communities of color. Stick around after the screening for a panel discussion on the Urban Heat Island effect with the film’s producer/director Judith Helfand, WE ACT’s Climate Programs & City Policy Manager Cynthia Herrera, and other special guests. This event is presented in partnership with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the panel will be moderated by Dr. Perry E. Sheffield, Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine & Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Saturday, April 13th: Federal Policy Town Hall Membership Meeting
TIME: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
NEW LOCATION: Crucifixion Church, 459 West 149th Street (at Convent Ave), West Harlem
At WE ACT’s April Membership Meeting, we have invited our senators and representatives to join us for a Federal Policy Town Hall. We’ll begin with a brief overview of our Federal Policy and then our elected officials will field questions from our members in attendance. We will also host a workshop on the intersection of waste, consumption, and environmental justice, which we hope will generate further interest in the Swap Shop & Repair Fair we are having on Saturday, April 27th. NOTE THE NEW LOCATION!

Monday, April 22nd: Earth Day Harlem Fun Run
TIME: 7:00-8:00 PM
LOCATION: Marcus Garvey Park, Central Harlem
Join us for a FREE Earth Day “fun run” with our partner Harlem Run. We’ll be meeting (and finishing) at Harlem Run Plaza in Marcus Garvey Park (drop your bags at Harlem Shake, 124th Street & Lenox Avenue, and enter the park from the northeast corner). Whether you are a runner, jogger, or walker, there will be a course for every age and ability. The important thing is that you get some exercise!

Saturday, April 27th: Swap Shop & Repair Fair
TIME: 12:00-3:00 PM
LOCATION: Fort George Presbyterian Church, 1525 Saint Nicholas Ave, Washington Heights
Thanks to a Citizens Committee for New York City grant, we have invited the community to bring gently used home appliances, books, clothes, etc. that they can swap for something “new-to-them.” We’ll also be hosting reuse and repair demonstrations throughout the day. Saint Nicholas Avenue from 181st Street to 190th Street will be open to pedestrian traffic on April 27th, as part of the City’s Car Free Earth Day, so we expect additional “traffic” for this event!

Questions? Contact Adi at or 212-961-1000 ext. 311.

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