Elgin Earth Month events cancelled, postponed or offered virtually
The Elgin Earth Month Planning Committee cancelled or postponed many events and look at opportunities to celebrate online.
Elgin, IL - Due to the continuing novel coronavirus pandemic, the Elgin Earth Month Planning Committee has postponed or cancelled its events planned for April. This includes the cancellation of the signature Elgin Green Expo event that was scheduled for April 4 at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin. Organizers are looking at opportunities to mark the occasion online.
“Taking into account the gravity of the current situation and uncertainty as to when things may return to normal, this is the right thing to do,” Elgin Sustainability Chair Tia Aagesen said. “Our actions are consistent with the those of the city and state in a collective effort to flatten the curve of the coronavirus spread.”
The Elgin Earth Month Committee has consulted with various individuals, organizations and City officials on the matter. The committee has strongly urged all organizers to cancel or postpone in-person activities, programs, events and projects, regardless of group size.
One highlight event scheduled April 16 was a talk from noted urbanist Chuck Marohn to promote his book, "Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity." This event has been cancelled and the Elgin Earth Month Committee hopes to reschedule it for a later date this year.
“At the same time, we’re aiming to offer some virtual Elgin Earth Month doings by means of our Facebook and web pages,” Aagesen said.
Cancelled and postponed activities have been removed from the Elgin Earth Month website and Facebook calendars. Those interested in any virtual happenings should follow the Elgin Earth Month Facebook page and check the Elgin Earth Month website for updated information.
Aagesen said those virtual offerings might include information about topics such as recycling, gardening, climate change, links to songs related to nature and the environment and video interviews with Elginites about what they do to be Earth friendly.
“This April 22 marks 50 years since the first Earth Day. If our Earth Month has to happen online, so be it,” Aagesen said. “We had hoped we could celebrate together in a big way. Now we hope everyone can all pull together to end this pandemic.”
Governor Pritzker's Stay at Home Executive Order
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s recent Executive Order calls for closing all but essential businesses. It limits personal travel for necessities and directs people to shelter in place. Authorities hope these actions will slow the rate of novel coronavirus infection, putting less stress on the healthcare system. The edict remains in effect through April 7.
Under the edict, people may go for walks, hikes and bike rides but should practice social distancing of six feet. People should not gather in groups, and rather do activities by one's self or with a household partner.
The City of Elgin's prior actions of cancelling programming and closing City facilities in mid-March has been extended to match the timeline of the Executive Order.
Elgin Earth Month Planning Committee
The Elgin Earth Month Planning Committee is an all volunteer committee who is works to develop a full month of environmental events during the month of April in Elgin, Illinois. The Committee is always seeking volunteers for the wide range of projects planned. For information about upcoming meetings, contact Kendra Kroiss, 2020 Earth Month Event Chair at 630-809-7251.