Earth Day — Sunday, April 22

Let us know if you have any interesting projects lined up or resources to share for Earth Day —

We are looking to create a national collaborative project around Earth Day with art events, installations and performances to create awareness, celebrate, honor and support our earth home.



  1. Living Downstream, a cinematic feature-length documentary based on the book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is being shown at Caltech in Pasadena — here are details and is a description of the film:

    Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Dr. Steingraber, Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic documentary film.
    This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.
    But Sandra is not the only one who is on a journey—the chemicals against which she is fighting are also on the move. We follow these invisible toxins as they migrate to some of the most beautiful places in North America. We see how these chemicals enter our bodies and how, once inside, scientists believe they may be working to cause cancer.
    Several experts in the fields of toxicology and cancer research make important cameo appearances in the film, highlighting their own findings on two pervasive chemicals: atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and the industrial compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Their work further illuminates the significant connection between a healthy environment and human health.
    At once Sandra’s personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.

    WHERE: Hameetman Auditorium in the Cahill Building, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

    WHEN: April 19th, 5-7pm

    WHY: Celebrate Earth day with us, enjoying an education documentary on cancer and its environmental links

    Free food and drinks will be provided. Bring friends and your own cup. Remember: Change starts with the smallest first step!
    The event is sponsored by the Caltech Sustainability Office, GSC and Net Impact.

  2. Anu

    For Earth Day, I worked with my daughter’s 4th grade group to bring awareness about and reduce plastics pollution, especially in the marine environment. Although we live in Missouri, far from any ocean and site of paleo-oceans of long ago, we did the following:
    1. We watched the mockumentary “The Majestic Plastic Bag” narrated by Jeremy Irons
    2. We decided to swear off plastic bags and plastic water bottles, figuring that these two items alone will help reduce pollution.
    3. We decorated our metal water bottles, and cloth grocery bags (old ones, not new, so as to reduce consumption and energy use)

  3. Anu

    Today at Target (yes, I am ashamed to admit I shop there once in a while), I saw two other people with their own cloth bags! That’s a start!

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