Re-imagine and re-create a livable planet

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BRATTLEBORO — The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. Although people can't be together physically, 350Brattleboro and allies invite everyone to join throughout Earth Week in re-imagining and re-creating a livable planet for all. Offerings are as follows:

- #PlantInPlace — Celebrate spring and honor the Mother of Tree Planting: Wangari Maathai, who would've turned 80 on April 1. In a collaboration between 350Brattleboro and Extinction Rebellion Southern Vermont (XRSVT), you dig the hole/s and these groupls will supply the American Hazelnut, Black Walnut, and Chinese Chestnut sapling/s for free. Planting fruit and nut trees benefits the Earth, grows community ties, and increases local resilience. Maximum three per household; pick-up in Brattleboro, Putney or Guilford. Email requests to trees.for.the.earth@protonmail.com (Donations accepted to support this initiative. Checks can be mailed to 350VT 179 S. Winooski Ave, Suite 201, Burlington, VT 05401 or donate online).

- #GatherInPlace — Join together via Zoom to connect as a community, set intentions, and share wishes for the Earth at noon on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

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Then go outside - wherever you are - and connect with the natural world. You're invited to find a special Earth object to bring back and share with the group. Come back together via Zoom at 4 p.m. to share what you found. Mother Up! childcare provider, Mikaela Marmion, will be leading this event. It's open to all ages and especially families with younger children.

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- #DivestInPlace — Join for an informational Zoom call with investment experts on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. This event is free, but registration is required. Climate destruction is underwritten by banks, asset managers and insurance companies. This Earth Day, switch your bank account, credit card, or retirement account to an institution that will use your money for good. Gofossilfree.org estimates that more than 1,000 institutions and 58,000 individuals have pulled trillions of dollars out of fossil fuels. Learn more at stopthemoneypipeline.com.

- #WishInPlace — Write your hopes and dreams for the planet's and humanity's health on strips of fabric and tie them to a tree in your isolation zone. Invite neighbors to "join" you by tying their wishes on, being mindful of physical distancing protocols. Photograph your wishtrees and post to your social media feeds using the hashtags #WishInPlace, #WishTreeForEarth and #EarthDay2020.

- #RiseInPlace — Take a photo of yourself or your family holding a sign with the message about Earth Day. Post it to social media with the hashtags #RiseInPlace, #EarthDay2020, and #ClimateStrikeOnline.

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- #ArtInPlace — A photo collage and community mural project is being created in downtown Brattleboro with a message that reads "Healthy Planet, Healthy People #EarthDay2020" and will be on display outside 134 Elliot Street.

- #WriteInPlace — Write a letter to the editor, artwork, op-eds, "love letters to the Earth" to encourage climate action, and more. Share your letter on social media with the hashtags #WriteInPlace and #EarthDay2020.

For more information, contact Abby Mnookin at abby@350vt.org.


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