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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Green Ossining’s 10th annual Earth Day Festival, set for April 17 through 25

Green Ossining’s 10th annual Earth Day Festival, set for April 17 through 25, will be a weeklong celebration of activities, partnerships and offers. Determined to not let another year escape, the group has pivoted from its usual large-scale in-person event format and is offering “something for everyone” with more than 60 activities—including weeklong offers, opportunities at a set date and time, small socially-distanced gatherings and special online entertainment and educational experiences.

Opportunities for engagement include a community-wide cleanup, a petting zoo, special events at local farms, classes in cooking and eating healthier, hands-on kids’ activities, the sale of fair-trade and local artisan goods, New York farm beer tastings, composting classes, tree plantings in parks, and live music events. Many local brick-and-mortar businesses will participate with special offers, as supporting a local economy is a facet of a sustainable future.

“While the pandemic has tested our resilience on so many levels, record numbers of people turned to the great outdoors and spent time taking in the gifts that only our natural world could offer,” says Suzie Ross, chairperson and founding member of Green Ossining. “Parallel to continued interest in the outdoors, human-caused planetary warming continues to hasten the instability of the global and local climate. It is imperative that communities also understand what is at stake, the urgency of action, and both the necessity and importance of individual participation. We have all spent the past year being incredibly creative, and we’re grateful for an opportunity to envision a meaningful and safe Earth Week celebration with all of you in 2021.”

The festival is being hosted and organized by Green Ossining with the assistance of the Town and Village of Ossining. Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg says a socially distanced approach to the festival, which considers public health, mirrors the goal of all the sustainability initiatives highlighted throughout the week.

“They will not only benefit the long-term health of our environment, but our bodies and minds as well,” she says. “Big thanks to the Green Ossining team for continuing to push us all to take personal responsibility for our earth, during Earth Week and every week.”

Founded in 2009, Green Ossining is a community-based environmental resource organization with a mission to promote environmental sustainability throughout the community and develop practical methods that protect its natural resources. With a goal to create a forum for those who are concerned about the environment, its objectives are to explore, identify and prioritize sensible “green” methods and practices.

For more information, including updates about special events happening throughout the week, follow Green Ossining on Instagram or Facebook or visit Green Ossining’s 10th annual Earth Day Festival.