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Earth Day Expo

Invest in our planet.
Join community organizations as we celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of climate change, and give the community resources it needs to live more sustainably.
This community event features a variety of vendors and organizations who support sustainable living as well as speakers throughout the day. 
The line up of speakers is as follows:

11am Stephanie Draus, ND, RYT-500  Deep Rest & Soft Landings: Take A Break, Save the World
Stephanie is a naturopathic physician and yoga and meditation teacher. Her work is rooted in the healing power of nature and the transformative power of rest. A native of Chicago, she lives and practices in Mystic, CT, where she is creating the pollinator pathway of her dreams.

12pm Mauro Diaz-Hernandez  Climate Change in Southeast CT: What is happening, and what we can do
Mauro Diaz-Hernandez is currently the program administrator for Yale Center on Climate Change and Health. He previously worked with Higher Edge in New London, a college access and retention non-profit, assisting first-generation students to and through the college application process and to graduation. Among his many roles and identities, he is a first-generation Mexican-American and college grad, Climate Reality Corps Leader, and an MPH candidate at the University of Connecticut, with interests in climate and health, environmental justice, and community-based efforts at implementing climate solutions.

1pm Jason Hine  Is the climate crisis an Emergency?
Jason is the owner of the Ditty Bag, a zero-waste market and café. His mission is to lower people’s climate and plastic footprints.

2pm Representative Christine Palm  Legislative Update from the Environmental Committee
Christine Palm represents the 36th General Assembly district, covering the beautiful Connecticut River towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Haddam. In her third term at the CT General Assembly, Palm serves as vice-chair of the Environment Committee. She has been a champion of numerous environmental initiatives, including environmental justice reform, climate change curriculum, invasive species legislation, green burial, and more.

3pm  Stacy Jameson  Climate Victory Gardens
Stacy grew up on an organic farm in Killingworth; she has taught for over a decade and holds a PhD in Cultural Studies with a focus in Food Studies.  She is accredited in Organic Landcare by CTNOFA, and is the School Garden Coordinator for the Hartford Public School system.  She works to bring food and wildlife friendly gardens back to Connecticut yards through her garden coaching business: The Seeded Garden.

Saturday Apr 22, 2023
11:00 AM  -  4:00 PM