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“Grow One, Give One” Gardens for Schools Launches at Union Station on April 17
Union Station is the new site of the Earth Day Network’s 2013 celebration of April - Earth Month, bringing its message of sustainability and conservation to about 100,000 visitors daily.
Among the green exhibits, environmental films, energy demonstrations, farmers’ market, and youth science fair and art contests, a local movement is being launched that could become an international model for energizing communities and cultivating healthier lives.
On April 17-22 in Union Station’s East Hall, Grow One, Give One is showing how to participate in an experiential school garden program enabling parents, teachers, and children to grow gardens from seed to harvest.
For each Garden Kit or Garden in a Box sponsored, one is gifted to schools and families in Anacostia, an area of Southeast Washington known for its lack of healthy food options and need for greater awareness of self empowered healthy living and nutrition.
The Grow One, Give One campaign aims to initially supply Garden Kits and Gardens in a Box to 650 girls of Excel Academy Public Charter School. These young scholars will invite Anacostia residents as well as DC Ward 8 school representatives to receive their gifted Garden Kits and Gardens in a Box on World Environment Day, June 5, at their school. Over time, the movement intends to spark the greening of communities throughout the Washington area.
Spearheading the “Greening of Anacostia” effort are Steven Lovink, founder/CEO of Planet2025 Network and Power of One; Kaye Savage, Founder/CEO of Excel Academy; Bill Holmberg of American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE); Russel Franklin of Earth Day Network; and Landon Van Dyke of the DC Greening Embassies Forum. Sponsors include: ACORE, Excel Academy, Planet2025 Network, Power of One, Aruba, and a growing list of partners and allies.
Known as the New World Alliance, this coalition aims to bring about local to global, peaceful, sustainable communities for the future. The New World Alliance will soon announce a climate change initiative known as One City, One Neighborhood, One Island, One Nation between Washington, DC, Anacostia, Aruba, and Bhutan. Contact Lovink at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Also at Union Station, Lovink with local change makers Susan Belchamber and Myra Jackson will be staging the DC premiere of Money and Life with filmmaker Katie Teague in the Columbus Club at 6:30 PM, on Sunday, April 21. “We urge entrepreneurs, New Economy innovators, local environmental and spiritual leaders, and active citizens within the metropolitan DC area to participate one of today’s most important conversations,” says Lovink. A Q&A session with panelists Judy Wicks, founder of BALLE (Business Alliance of Local Living Economies); Rebecca Adamson, founder of First Peoples Worldwide; and international economist James Quilligan will follow the screening.
The revitalization of Anacostia is one of the local actions to be inspired by the film, with Earth Month considered to be the perfect occasion to begin shifting this conversation towards a realignment of a New Economy to support a healthy planet. Says international currency expert, Bernard Lietaer: “Right now, money is our biggest leverage point for social change.”
Premiere tickets for Money & Life, along with trailers and expert interviews, are $25 each at the door and $ 20 online in advance and are available via this link: Money & Life Tickets.
For more Earth Month activities at Union Station and elsewhere on the National Mall, go to http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/Earth-Month-Union-Station.htm. Union Station is located at 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, and on the Metro’s Red Line.
Premier Tourist and Landmark Association joins Earth Day Network in sponsoring the month-long Earth Month program at Union Station. Earth Day Network plants millions of trees worldwide – in places that need them most – and works to expand the emerging green economy and protect natural lands. For more information, visit www.earthday.org.