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Tales From Planet Earth Film Fest

From Cold War bunkers in Albania to the night skies over Manhattan, Tales from Planet Earth will offer a broad – and often surprising – exploration of the environment. The weeklong film festival opens in Madison on Sunday, March 25. The festival theme is “environmental soundings,” with an emphasis on films that “sound out” environmental connections in unusual places, from struggling small-town economies, anti-terrorism prosecutions, and echoes of the civil rights movement.

More than 30 movies will be shown free of charge at a variety of venues in Madison. A special line-up of children’s programming is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

For more info and  a complete schedule, click here.

Earth Hour 2012

Turn out the lights at 8:30pm to show your support for the need to take action against climate change.

Find out more here.

Midwest Crane Count

The Annual Midwest Crane Count is one of the largest citizen-based wildlife surveys in the world. One of the primary purposes of the Crane Count is to monitor the abundance and distribution of cranes in the Upper Midwest. Each year, the Crane Count involves over 3,000 volunteer participants spread over 100 counties in six states. Get more info from the International Crane Foundation.

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference

The sixth annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference will examine issues related to consumption and growth, economic and environmental sustainability, quality of life and happiness. This year’s theme is “Envisioning a Fairer Future: Sustainability, Security and Happiness on a Finite Planet.”

Click here to see the lineup of speakers and panel discussions. RSVP by April 9th.

Earth Day Challenge

Celebrate Earth Day with your neighbors and friends by cleaning up your local park and neighborhood. Join this communitywide effort to make a difference. The Triple M Green Team will be involved again this year. Details are pending, but you can find out more info about this event on the City of Madison website here.

Isthmus Green Day

A one-day celebration of the environment returns to Monona Terrace April 21st. Find out how life can be healthier for you, Madison, and the whole planet!

The keynote speaker is New York Times columnist Mark Bittman (“The Minimalist”), author of “Food Matters,” cosponsored by Food Fight Restaurant Group. Other events include food demos, an upcycle fashion show, and a gallery of recycled art. Kids activities too!

Admission is free.

More info here.


Arbor Day Celebration

Help plant trees in the John Bock Community Forest, get tree planting tips and go on a birding hike.


Circle Sanctuary Earth Day Festival

Talks on birdwatching, ecopsychology, nature walks, prairie burn with naturalist Reed Cockrell, Earth Day ceremony with ecoactivist Selena Fox & more. Free. Donations welcome.

More info here.

Earth Day At The Zoo

The Henry Vilas Zoo will celebrate Earth Day by giving away trees. Habitat destruction is one of the leading causes of animals becoming threatened or endangered across the world, including orangutans, red pandas, and polar bears.

Come visit the animals and pick up your free sapling.

More info here.