Green Teams from throughout Mercer County are organizing an Earth Week celebration in a way that has never been done before. Planned to run from April 24 – April 30, Greening Together is providing a line-up of virtual activities, panel discussions highlighting sustainable resources, art education, and safe outdoor activities for all interested in celebrating Earth Week 2021. 

Many of us have taken solace in the great outdoors and the beautiful open spaces that Mercer County has to offer, in record numbers. Greening Together provides an opportunity for residents to learn from other local stewards, Green Teams, and experts about best practices for protecting our natural resources and living sustainably. 

There will be many opportunities to learn with events ranging from a stream clean-up (with appropriate social distancing) to panel discussions on clean transportation. Starting in mid-April, the celebration will kick off with stream cleanups, conducted in partnership with The Watershed Institute and they are planned virtually everywhere! These clean-ups give our ultimate gift to our parks — our time, love and care. Please be sure to pre-register. If you can’t participate in a cleanup, residents are still encouraged to get out and enjoy Mercer County’s beautiful open spaces. When you are out enjoying our open spaces throughout the event, please use the #GreeningTogether to share with others who are also making a difference. 

“We are thrilled that we have had enough interest and help to make this event happen. We know time and resources are limited so providing a free event with multiple ways to engage with us felt like the most equitable way to celebrate this year. We have seen how important it is to listen to science and experts on a global level. It is time we start taking climate action on the local scale seriously,” said Annette Loveless of Lawrence Environmental and Green Action Team.

An important emphasis this year is to showcase local artists in the climate movement.  Artists are encouraged to contact Greening Together if they are interested in participating. Throughout the week, participants can join a few or many of the activities being hosted by Sustainable Princeton, the Hopewell Green Team, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Ewing, Sustainable West Windsor and the Trenton Green Team. Please be sure to check our event website for more details.