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TREE TALES: UNDER THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS

THE SAKURA AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN I remember our first Sakura Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Our daughter was only four. The blossoms were glorious: rows of pink and white clouds on high branches, and merry people below, eating, drinking, and laughing. There were plays, concerts, and fashion shows, all celebrating Japanese culture. And the petals fell from their flowers all day long on the happy crowd as the festivities unfolded. It was a memorable day. Sakura is the Japanese name of the Prunus serrulata, or Japanese cherry. The Land of the Rising Sun has celebrated the peak of spring for thousands of years eating, drinking, and flirting below the blooming crowns of Japanese ch

EARTH DAY CAN BE SMALL CHANGES FOR THE COLLECTIVE GOOD

By Madeline Frew, a junior at Brooklyn Technical High School majoring in environmental engineering. HOW OUR DAILY CHOICES CAN ALIGN WITH THE GOALS OF THE EARTH DAY MOVEMENT Founded by former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day first began in 1970 in response to growing concerns regarding environmental degradation and the power that he observed from antiwar rallying. On April 22, 1970, Nelson’s national efforts to organize resulted in a demonstration of 20 million Americans! Earth Day activism has continued every year since. Earth Day became a global event in 1990, when former Republican Congressman Denis Hayes spearheaded a massive campaign of 200 million people in 141 countries. Througho

SOLAR POWER: ROADBLOCKS IN THE SOUTH, PATHWAYS IN THE NORTH

Chris (last name redacted for privacy) is a happily engaged & Southern-raised proud tree hugger, football-loving avid skier and runner, church choir singer and University of Tennessee Volunteer for life. Edited by Abbey Jasmine Rose. As southerner born of two farm families, currently living in East Tennessee, you might be surprised that I am in fact passionate about environmental issues and currently working for a solar contractor. Roughly ten years ago, solar was booming in my state. Solar incentives from the regional electric provider TVA were substantial and there were over a hundred solar contractors, barely keeping up with demand. Today, there are only a handful, and those incentives ar

ECO-HERO: A BROOKLYN INVENTOR’S SOLUTION TO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS

Theo Stewart-Stand is a Brooklyn-Based designer and inventor who will exhibit at Go Green! BK Festival this year. Read about this local Eco-Hero’s solution to the problem of single-use plastics, and meet him/see his inventions at the festival on June 1st in McCarren Park! This article was edited by Abbey Jasmine Rose. THE PROBLEM: I have always had an adverse reaction to disposables. Being an avid recycler and composter, I take offense at things that are easily disposed of and are either landfilled or dumped in the ocean. More than 40 billion pieces of disposable plastic utensils are used and thrown away every year in America alone. That is approximately 64,000 tons of plastic landfill/ocean

COME LEARN AND PLAY AT GO GREEN! BK FESTIVAL

“Green exhibitors, fitness workshops, dance performances, eco-art, educational & scientific displays concerning our environment, a Greencycle Swap, volunteer park clean ups (hopefully), carefully curated eco-vendors and so much more!” What on this green Earth are we talking about? Town Square’s Go Green! BK Festival, now in its 12th year, is coming to McCarren Park on June 1st from 12-5 PM. Go Green is a day of summer fun and eco-celebrations you don’t want to miss. Created in 2008, Go Green! BK Festival champions green initiatives from organizations, individuals, and companies with a presence in Brooklyn. Everything from vegan food to solar canopies to plastic-use reduction is celebrated w