If you've been keeping up with the latest environmental news, headlines such as "Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show" and "EU agrees total ban on bee-harming pesticides" probably sound familiar. You might even know that Commissioner Frank Avila partnered with Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC) in order to reduce herbicide application on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) property by 92% in June 2016. And in my latest blog post, I referenced a former EPA member's comparison to the pesticide industry as invisible chemical warfare.
Every step toward a toxic-free life is a positive one and one to be celebrated; however, the work is far from over. Starting on May 11 until May 19, MPAC, MWRD, and many others will kickoff Chicago Grows Green (CGG) Week in order to educate the public about the dangers of synthetic chemicals and promote safer alternatives. What kind of future do we want? One with no pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks.
Hope to see you at one of the following events!
Friday, May 11th
CGG Week Kickoff: Show your support for #CGGweek and efforts to combat flooding, water pollution, and air quality issues in the Chicago Calumet Region. MPAC, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Riverdale Park District and many more cover the state of Greater Chicago’s landscapes and the need to restore them at Ivanhoe Fieldhouse, 1 to 2 pm. Learn more at bit.ly/CGGweekKF
Saturday, May 12th
Elmhurst Green Garden Fair: Test your knowledge of proper landscaping practices at our natural lawn care pop quiz booth! MPAC’s Executive Director Ruth Kerzee will share information on Elmhurst’s pesticide free Van Voorst Park from 9 am to noon.
Pullman CGG Kickoff: Capitalize on this opportunity to learn how to grow produce in your garden without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. MPAC partners with Advocates for Urban Agriculture and Houseful of Nicholes to demonstrate organic gardening in three informal, interactive games from 10 am to noon. Learn more at bit.ly/CGGpullman
Tuesday, May 15th
CGG Week Composting Webinar: MPAC’s MGG Lawn & Land Forum brings speakers from the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and North Shore Country Club to discuss best management practices for applying nutrient-rich compost to sports fields from 11 am to 12:30 pm. RSVP at bit.ly/MGGmay15
Wednesday, May 16th
Veterans Park CGG Kickoff: MPAC shares organic gardening tips and resources to the Veterans Park Improvement Association and friends through games, presentations, and raffles from 7 to 8:30 pm. Learn more at bit.ly/CGGveterans
Thursday, May 17th
Naperville Dandelion Pull: The Naperville Park District started managing eight organic parks in 2018, so Naperville residents and MPAC volunteer to show their appreciation! Join for an hour of games, fun, and other activities at Knoch Park, 6 to 7 pm. Learn more at bit.ly/CGGnaperville
Sunday, May 19th
CGG Week Celebration: Close out CGG week with MPAC, Deep Roots Project, Go Green Brookfield, and others at Dig Right In Landscaping Inc’s warehouse! Dig Right In will sell its compost tea and donate a portion to MPAC. Other organizations will share sustainable landscaping progress in their communities from 1 to 3 pm. Learn more at bit.ly/CGGcelebration
Can't make any of these events but still want to help out in some way? Please spread the word! Here are scripts to simply copy and paste into a Tweet or a Facebook post:
For Facebook: First copy and paste bit.ly/CGGweekKF to link to the FB event page, then write the following:
"Have you heard of @Chicago Grows Green Week, yet? It consists of seven natural lawn care and organic gardening demonstrations from May 11th to 19th across Great Chicago. @Midwest Pesticide Action Center, @Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and others will help host the CGG Week Kickoff, May 11th. Learn more about the Kickoff below and read the CGG Week press release at bit.ly/CGGweekPR"
For Twitter: Save and upload the image on the right. In the image tag the handles of @toxicfreeMW, @arupp, @chicagogardener, @mikenow, @NAchicago, and the handles of 3 to 5 reporters, news outlets, or organizations that you have a good relationship with, then write:
"Have you heard of #CGGweek? It's 7 #natural lawn and organic gardening demos across Chicago in one week! Learn more at bit.ly/CGGweekPR"
Have questions? Email Ryan Anderson of Midwest Pesticide Action Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or Commissioner Frank Avila through the Contact tab.
Ryan Anderson of Midwest Pesticide Action Center and Commissioner Frank Avila work together to promote #CGG at CAN TV in April 2018