For the last 50 years, the world has marked Earth Day on April 22nd, raising the prospect that at least once a year we should all spare a thought for the wobbly, resilient planet we live on. The Climate Smart Task Force has been hosting Millerton Earth Day events since 2020, arranging many activities and events that invited us to take a closer look at the natural wonders around us, notice that some wonders are tender and vulnerable, and consider how they might be protected.
The 2022 international theme was Invest in Our Planet. Millerton’s 2022 Earth Day celebration was centered on the Great Lawn of the Millerton Inn, where community organizations and businesses offered advice, information and showed off their green products to a crowd that was entertained by live music and fed by Millerton Inn’s souvlaki crew. Click here for pictures and recap of the 2022 Earth Day Fair.
For 2021 the international theme was Restore Our Earth. Millerton celebrated the idea throughout the Town and Village on Saturday, April 24th, with some virtual events beginning on the official date two days earlier, and another on April 28th. Highlighted were our farms and farmers – as some provided behind the scenes tours to acquaint us with what they’re growing/raising and how they’re doing it. McEnroe’s Composting Facility opened its gates so that we saw for ourselves how they turn banana peels, a failed zucchini casserole, sawdust, and retired showjumper manure into a nutrient rich mulch for our gardens. Stories, lectures, workshops for families, and free seeds rounded out the day. Our Village merchants are raisied money for trees to plant in the soon-to-be wonderfully renovated renovated Eddie Collins Memorial Park. Check here for the 2021 Millerton EarthDay events calendar, a fun video preview, and photos from the events.