April 2024
see. hear. act.


Panel Discussions: Justice for All, Envisioning Climate Futures

The symposium will conclude with a pair of panel discussions featuring our community partners.

Justice for All

What are the ghosts of our ecological pasts? How have the cycles of land dispossession, extraction, industrialization, urbanization, de-urbanization and gentrification played out across American landscapes and in people’s bodies? What registers of time do we need to account for the changes of the past? This panel will bring together Indigenous leaders and urban environmental justice activists to share their understanding of how justice and equality (or the lack of both) have aided profit-seekers in degrading environments across the country and accelerating climate change.

Envisioning Climate Futures 

The closing session of the Living Climate Futures symposium begins with an interactive “community visioning” exercise that will lead the audience in generating a collective, if varied, vision of a livable climate future. Drawing on that exercise, an intergenerational panel will reflect on the stories, struggles, and dreams that have been voiced during the symposium to consider how, by building on the good work already undertaken by communities living at the frontlines of climate change, we might learn to thrive together across differences.

Open to the public, all welcome. Registration requested but not required.

Ask The Expert: Clean Energy

Turning off your lights when you leave the room, driving an electric car or installing solar panels. We all have the power to turn dirty energy into clean energy, and our impact is even greater when we can get local, state, and national officials to take action. Join us on Earth Day as we envision a clean future with Environment Massachusetts, discussing ways to conserve energy and become changemakers to fuel a greener, healthier world. Our expert will address the largest climate change challenges of our time and give you tips on how to make your voice heard for a more sustainable future.

Ben Hellerstein, State Director of Environment Massachusetts, will guide us through what it takes to promote and create solutions for a healthier Massachusetts and beyond. Environment Massachusetts’s mission is to transform the power of our imaginations and our ideas into change that make our world a cleaner place to power our lives. Ben brings strategic approaches to thinking bigger regarding clean energy, conservation and more.

Learn more about Environment Massachusetts and how to support transitioning Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy here.

Bring your questions!

How it works:
Register for this virtual Ask The Expert event. We will email you the link to this virtual event once you have registered.

Northeastern Earth Month Events

April is Earth month, and there is no shortage of things to do at Northeastern.

Week of April 18: Plastic free week, organized by HEAT
April 21: Garden Party
April 22: SGA Sustainability Art Show
April 28: Live Music Association Sustainability Awareness Open Mic
April 29: Arbor Day flower planting
April 29: Arboretum Tour
…And more!

Click here for details and more events.

Introducing Northeastern’s Climate Justice and Sustainability Hub

Earlier this year, Northeastern unveiled plans to establish a Climate Justice and Sustainability Hub. This raises some important questions. How can the Hub support and connect the climate justice movements on and off campus? What is Northeastern’s role in these movements? How could the University address gentrifying neighborhoods and Boston’s housing crisis?

Join faculty, students, and local community leaders to explore questions about how the Climate Justice and Sustainability Hub can best support the climate justice movement on and off campus.  This hybrid in-person and virtual event is an open invitation to shape and be a part of the Hub’s work ahead. The event is open to the public and free of charge, but registration is required.

Dr. Atyia Martin, All Aces Inc. (Moderator)
Karl Reid, Senior Vice Provost and Chief Inclusion Officer, Northeastern University
Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
Melanie Gárate, Climate Resiliency Manager, Mystic River Watershed Association
Adele Andrews, Hub Coordinator of Sunrise Northeastern

Refreshments from Fresh Food Generation in Dorchester and a reception to follow

Harvard Earth Day Events

Inspiring action through Harvard’s commitment to sustainability and a healthier planet with a month-long series of events and activities.

Stay tuned throughout the month of April for exciting Earth Day events and activities organized by the Harvard Office for Sustainability, Schools, Units, academic initiatives, student groups, and sustainability programs.

Get involved today! Click here for their full calendar of events.

BU Earth Week

Celebrate Earth Day and beyond with BU Sustainability and organizations in the BU community.

BU Sustainability will be bringing back our annual Earth Day Festivals from April 20-21! PLUS, events will be happening around Boston during Earth Week and throughout the month of April.

How will you observe Earth Day? Let us know on social media. #BUEarthWeek

Earth Day Festivals

April 20th 11am – 2pm @ BU Medical Campus
April 21st 11am – 2pm @ Charles River Campus

Boston University’s annual Earth Day Festival returns for 2022! Connect with groups and departments at BU and in the Boston area dedicated to sustainability and the environment. Find out ways to get involved, learn about bike safety, and more. Sustainability is for everyone, so come to the festival and discover what BU and Boston have to offer.

BU-Hosted Earth Week Events

April 13: Extreme Heat- Why Should I Care? An Earth Conversation
April 19: BU Sustainability Earth Day App Challenge
April 26-28: Spring Shred & Recycle Event 2022
And more!

Click here to see all the events and get more details.

Church of the Covenant Seedling Giveaway

In celebration of Arbor Week, Speak for the Trees is offering Boston community groups, schools, and nonprofits FREE seedlings to distribute in their communities. We’ll be distributing a variety of tree species, including white oak, tulip poplar, bald cypress, serviceberry, chinkapin oak, sweet gum, red mulberry, and Washington hawthorn. Each seedling will come in its own individual bag with planting instructions.

Stop by the Church of the Covenant Seedling Giveaway to grab your very own FREE seedling to take home and plant!

Volunteers from Church of the Covenant’s Climate Jubilee team will staff a table outside the church and offer free tree seedlings with planting instructions to passersby. Join us!

Earth Day Vegan Cooking Class

Boston Vegetarian Society is pleased to collaborate with Earth Day Boston 2022 for a Vegan Cooking Class!

One of the most impactful things an individual can do to protect this planet and avert the climate crisis is to replace animal foods with plant foods in the diet. In fact, experts say it is essential to do so.

So let’s make it delicious and nutritious to the max!
Join us on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 5:30-6:15 PM
Free * Virtual * Via Zoom * All Welcome

Instruction will be 30 minutes with opportunity to ask questions, followed by 15 minutes of Open Mic for live Q & A with our chefs.
Do this quick sign-up and we will email you the Zoom link and recipes before the class.

We are delighted to work with Tomé & Valery Andrade, owners of Cabo Vegan, the catering service preparing to open Cabo Vegan Restaurant & Market at 20 Main St. in Brockton, MA.
“Our food is Grown, Not Born.”
Tomé and Valery were born in Cape Verde, officially known as Cabo Verde, off the coast of West Africa. Inspired by a will to help animals, the planet, and the good health of the community, they create delicious vegan food with Portuguese and African influences. They refine recipes though extensive taste testing and experimentation to replace animal ingredients with natural plant ingredients.
They will teach a traditional Cape Verdean dish, Bacalhau De Nata (Cod Fish with Cream) which they transform to 100% plant-based through the use of jackfruit, hearts of palm, and banana blossom (all readily available in the marketplace) and their cashew creme sauce.

Eastie Earth Day Clean-up

Jpin GreenRoots at Condor Street Urban Wild as they clean all over East Boston!

To register, please email or call 617-466-3076 ext. 122