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Cook County Local Energy Project, Cook County Higher Education, North House Folk School, and others team up for Earth Month

Mar 28, 2024 09:28AM ● By Content Editor
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By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - March 28, 2024

In April of 2022, the first Cook County Earth Day Fair was held at the Cook County Community Center. Hundreds of community members and organizations gathered to share and learn how to celebrate the earth and live sustainably. Now gearing up for its 3rd year, the Cook County Local Energy Project (CCLEP), the Earth Day Fair Committee, North House Folk School, Cook County Higher Education, and other partnering organizations have teamed up to expand the popular Earth Day event into a series of events throughout Earth Month. 

The collaboration and expansion of events are fitting for 2024, with Cook County presented with an opportunity to reduce waste and expand composting and recycling efforts with the closure of the Moccasin Mike landfill.

A representative from CCLEP told Boreal Community Media, "This year, CCLEP and the Earth Day Fair Committee arranged a meeting amongst various Cook County organizations to unify a common goal on how we can provide Earth-focused educational programming throughout Earth Month. Since not everyone is available or interested in participating at the Cook County Earth Day Fair, we wanted to bring together other organizations so we could provide various opportunities for the community to have free access to film screenings, book clubs, workshops, and more that could inspire change."

In addition to the Earth Day Fair, which will take place on Saturday, April 20th (at a new location - ISD 166), NHFS will be presenting two films and CCHE will be offering a variety of workshops, a book group, and a community read event. 

The first film NHFS is presenting is titled 2040, which is a hybrid feature documentary that looks to the future, but is vitally important NOW! A story of hope that looks at the very real possibility that humanity could reverse global warming and improve the lives of every living thing in the process.

The event will take place on April 4, 2024, at 7 pm in the Blue Building at NHFS. 

Learn more about the screening of 2040 at North House Folk School here.

The second film is titled Sovereign Soil and follows a handful of unlikely farmers over a year from a tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, who are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an otherwise unforgiving expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life.

The event will take place on April 16, 2024, at 7 pm in the Blue Building at NHFS. 

Learn more about the screening of Sovereign Soil at North House Folk School here.

CCHE is offering a wide variety of events, including:

All CCHE events require registration. Please visit the event link for more information. 

For a full list of Earth Month events, see the calendar below or visit the CCLEP website here. 



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