Next Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, the 48th year of the celebration of the planet. A number of events are being planned in the area to mark the occasion.
On Saturday, April 21, “Love Thy Nature” will be screened at the Chatham Orpheum Theater. Narrated by Liam Neeson, the film explores how we’ve lost touch with nature and looks at how a renewed connection with nature is key both to good health and to solving our environmental and climate crises. Presented by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the screening will include a Skype question and answer session with filmmaker Sylvie Rokab. Tickets are $15. Coffee and pastries will be served at 9 a.m., with the film beginning at 10.
Also on Saturday, the first “Earth Day Trash Bash” will be sponsored by the Chatham Conservation Foundation. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., participants will meet at the Mayo House at 540 Main St. and then head out to pick up trash at the organization's various conservation parcels around town. The Foundation will supply light refreshment and trash bags. Bring gloves, pickers and any other material you need to be comfortable.
To participate, RSVP at the Foundation's website, www.chathamconservationfoundation.org.
Three local organizations working to raise public awareness and limit the purchase and distribution of plastic bottle beverages and straws on Cape Cod will rally volunteers on Earth Day. Members of the Cape Cod Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, CARE for the Cape and Islands, and Sustainable Practices will be at local transfer stations handing out flyers which detail the problem plastics create for the environment, wildlife and public health.
CARE is focusing on reducing the use of plastic straws; some 500 million are used and discarded daily. Sustainable Practices is promoting a Cape-wide ban on plastic bottles, and is sponsoring a short film contest on protecting the natural environment.
In Orleans, the Friends of Rock Harbor will host its annual cleanup on April 21 at 9 a.m. Participants gather at the beach by the boat ramp. The group will supply bags and gloves. Also on that day from 4 to 6 p.m. the Addison Art gallery will celebrate Earth Day with “Arts for the Earth” featuring local artists, musicians, and writers as a benefit for the Orleans Conservation Trust.
Also on April 22, the first Hyannis Open Streets event of the year will be held. Main Street from Barnstable Road and Ocean Street to Sea Street will be closed to traffic and there will be food and music as well as entertainment. A perfect way to get some fresh air on Earth Day, the event takes place from noon to 5 p.m., and is the first of four Open Streets events scheduled for this year, sponsored by the Greater Hyannis Civic Association with the cooperation of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District and the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce.