Southcoast Earth Month Coalition Celebrates Earth Day with
Activities and Events throughout April 2021
The Earth Month Coalition announces a variety of ways to engage and celebrate a 100% sustainable future throughout the month of April both on the ground and virtually. Includes an art festival, virtual programming, films, cleanups, and more!
Join our Virtual Art Festival
Make your Earth Day statement with art and experience the fun! Show your support for a sustainable Southcoast with your creativity. The only requirements are that you must not use fossil fuels, it must honor the Earth, and you must be mindful of the 4R’s – refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. Register your painting, sculpture, poetry/spoken word, dance, music or any creative work here
Artwork due April 22nd!
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
1st place: Family membership Buttonwood Park Zoo ; 2nd place: Family membership Art Museum ; 3rd place: Day passes to both museums!
5-8th grade - Pizza Party for Your Class
Winners in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Sponsored by Domino’s pizza
1st place – dinner for 4 at No Problemo ; 2nd place: ice cream for 4 at Oxford Creamery ; 3rd place: donuts and coffee at Donut Factory
College - Gift certificates to UMass Dartmouth art store
1st place $50 ; 2nd place $25 ; 3rd place $15
Need Art Supplies? Pick up an art kit at the following libraries:
Dartmouth Southworth, New Bedford Main, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett. Act quickly, supplies are limited!
Climate Reality by Kids for Kids
A video project created by kids! Visit bit.ly/kidsearth | bit.ly/kidsearth2
Jake, age 8, Miles, age 9, Lena, age 7, and Iris, age 5, share their thoughts on ways to make a difference during Earth Month. This was made by children for children in cooperation with Climate Reality Massachusetts Southcoast. Enjoy!
Join Team SouthCoast for the Earth Month EcoChallenge!
The actions in the EcoChallenge connect to global solutions highlighted by Project Drawdown, a research-based organization leading efforts to map, measure, model, and describe amazing, existing solutions to climate change.
Southcoast Clean Ups registration
o Saturday April 17th @ 9am - NOON Alfred J. Lima Quequechan Rail Trail Park with MASS in Motion & Be the Solution to Pollution - register here
o Saturday April 17th 1:30pm - UMass Dartmouth trail clearing and clean up – UMass Dartmouth students only
o Thursday, April 22nd – Shingle Island River Reserve with Dartmouth Natural Resources - register here
o Saturday April 24th @ 11:30am Palmers Island & West Beach, New Bedford with Operation Clean Sweep - register here
o Saturday April 24th 10-Noon Maplewood Park, Fall River with Fall River Street Tree Planting Program register here
o Saturday, April 24 10 AM-Noon Community Trial and Green-up Day at several locations with the Buzzards Bay Coalition will be hosting on their properties in Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, and West Wareham. Please sign up at this link
Share pictures with Buttonwood Zoo!
Share ways you help the environment in your daily lives to the Buttonwood Park Zoo during the month of April and be entered to win prizes! By submitting a picture, you are allowing the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society to share your picture on social media. If you wish to keep your picture private, please clearly state so in your email. The first 100 submissions will receive an AZA Party for the Planet kit. Head to the Zoo for a visit and pickup your kit at the front desk! Send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a beat for the New Bedford Whaling Museum!
Explore the songs and sounds of marine mammals with The New Bedford Whaling Museum! Show off your personal style by creating a remix by April 15th. Send in your unique "Ocean Beat" and The Whaling Museum will play it during April Vacation Week. end us your unique "Ocean Beat" and we'll play them at the Museum during April Vacation Week. Listen to sounds of marine mammals from our collection. Download your favorite. Drop it into your preferred beat creation tool. Mix and create. Submit your new beat by April 15.
April Vacation Whales Today Live Virtual Program
Interacting live with one of the Museum’s educators, discover what makes a whale a whale, how whales use sound, and what we can do to help protect them in our oceans today. This highly visual program allows participants to ask questions in real-time while exploring life-sized whale models, looking at real whale artifacts, and listening to actual whale recordings.
Tuesday, April 20 | 10am | Register here
Thursday, April 22 | 1pm | Register here
Southcoast Earth Friendly Films
o April 19th 7pm UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative Screens “DamNation” "This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers." Join Zoom Meeting at this link (Meeting ID: 921 5942 6681 Passcode: 133208)
o April 22nd, 23rd, 24th SouthCoast FilmForum will stream the film 2040 free of charge. "Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future." Fun and optimistic! Sign up at https://socofilms.org/event/2040/ for streaming link.
o ALL MONTH New Bedford Whaling Museum is sharing Next Virtual Field Trip Stop: The Deep Blue from National Geographic that was filmed at the NBWM. blog.education.nationalgeographic.org/2021/03/31/next-virtual-field-trip-stop-the-deep-blue/
Tuesday April 27th, 2021 @ 6pm
Featuring Senator Ed Markey and Sunrise Movement founder Varshini Prakash! Register here.
Led by the UMass Dartmouth Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, the Earth Month Coalition includes: AHA!, Climate Reality Massachusetts Southcoast, Operation Clean Sweep, UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative, Southcoast Film Forum, Fall River Street Tree Planting, Greater New Bedford Regional Refuse District, Masspirg, Art Lab, Fairhaven Sustainability Committee, Community Boating Center, Be the Solution to Pollution, DNRT, Sunrise Southcoast, 3rd Eye Unlimited, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Oxford Creamery, Buttonwood Park Zoo, No Problemo, Doughnut Factory, Domino’s Pizza, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Rotch Jones Duff House and Garden Museum.