General Event Ideas
Speaker series / single event with “name” speaker
Green Transport Roadeo
Canoe / kayak trip, guided
Cleanup / Trash Bash
Recycled crafts (and other) workshops… free school… skill share
Pop-up Eco-Village (convert existing group of houses into a temporary eco-village)
Alternative Health show
Self-propelled parade (or non-fossil-fueled)
parade of endangered species
Bees and pollination and growing a bee garden
Sliammon history and culture
bike and walking trail tours
film screenings running continuously (especially anti-consumer, “less stuff” focused)
green / eco films
interpretive trail walks – nature/history
tours of local natural areas – plant and bird ID
energy / alternative building home tours
Overwintered/spring production garden tour
tree-planting (ideally food trees)
tour of Sycamore Commons permaculture demo site
Beach / marine life tours. Live chats with marine and forest scientists
wildlife / nature photography how-to (take nothing but pictures…)
“Live the Change” elements for your event
recycling and drop-off facilities (including recycling for unusual items e.g. CFLs and other fluorescents, batteries, phones, ink carts)
renewable power for music
green activities for kids – run a bouncy castle off the kids’ and parents’ bike efforts
local ingredients in food vendors products
Water refills – bring your own bottle (no bottled water) – reusable cups
Green transport roadeo
car free / bike valet / special bus service
yoga on the beach
PAY PARKING – people arriving in cars (except disabled) have to pay to park; bikes, walkers, bus-riders don’t
work parties at farms, community gardens, &???
“Large objects to the curb” day – leave stuff out for people to pick up for free – city collects leftovers afterwards.
Really Really Free Market / swap shop / free store
Food and Drink
breakfast with the easter bunny / mother earth / green man
fundraising lunch – volunteer made, profits go to the event
local beer & wine – local beer garden
local ingredient pancake breakfast
Local-ingredient meals at restaurants
Local food potluck dinner
art/crafts/jewellery from recycled materials
eco-marketplace – sustainable, green, local, fair trade, organic…
sell pre-planted spring bulb pots, seedlings
sell trees to be planted
Community and Goverment Info
elected official “office hours” (tent / booth)
BC Hydro and Fortis BC booths
public square – govt and community groups and projects
City ICSP Integrated Community Sustainability Plan open house
Tour of recent energy-conserving upgrades to Rec Complex
Hazardous waste / e-waste round up
Fun Elements for events (zero- or minimum-energy)
arm wrestling contest
Worst Hair Picture Contest: Have people bring in pictures of hairdos from their earlier years. People can pay to enter or to vote on Worst Hairdo.
best beard / mustache contest
best zombie or pirate costume
bra pong http://www.flickr.com/photos/87933624@N05/8047814171/in/photostream
come in costume as an eco character,… prize for best
easter bonnet contest (easter is in late March in 2016) – especially made with reused-recycled-local materials
easter egg hunt
eco fashion show – repurposed, upcycled clothing
eco-quiz with prizes – kids vs adult teams…
egg & spoon race
giant chess or checkers – temporary board marked out on the grass, recycled wood pieces.
grandparent or parent/(grand)child lookalike contest
guess the number of (some kind of eco thing) in the jar
guess the weight of the cake
hair beading, braiding, plaiting with green/local decorations
juggling and hula-hoop lessons
lots of different activities and contests – event entry fee gets you PR$ – use PR$ to enter contests and activities
make and fly kites
photo contest (of something sustainable, green, eco…)
pimped-out bike contest
pram race (dolls, not babies)
prize for best upcycled/recycled ouitfit worn to the event
scrabble contest (giant?)
use cellphones for a cell phone throw event – http://www.fundraising-ideas.org/DIY/cellphonethrow.htm – and use it to raise awareness about planned obsolescence etc. Recycle them afterwards
skipping / jump rope contest
slow bike race (who can take the longest time to complete the course with feet off the ground)
soap box derby – recyled materials
toilet seat toss (use plungers as targets)
tug o war
ugly-face-pulling contest (take photos) – PR$ prize
who’s the baby? Baby pics from local celebrities, prize for the person who guesses the most right
car free pledge (pledge that you’ll spend less time driving and more time walking, biking, or busing)
fake election – vote with PR$ as a fundraiser – mayor and council of Earth Day / Earth Week / Earth Month
adults on kids bikes/trikes race
Things to Consider About Your Event…
- How does it relate to earth month?
- How does it relate to “Living the change”?
- How can it use minimum energy… Fossil fuels, electricity?
- How can it be zero waste?
- How can people get to it without driving?
- How accessible is it to people with disabilities, kids, seniors…?
- How does it include people of varying cultures?
- What is the takeaway? What will people learn, how will it change their lives or behaviour going forward?
- How will it make your business or organization more green?
- How can it strengthen the local economy?
- Is it fun?
- How does it link up with other earth month events or participants?
- Could it be a joint effort with another group or business?
- How could it use reused or recycled materials?
- How can it leave a legacy: something that will continue after Earth Month is over?
- Can you take an existing event and “green” it?