It’s time for the second annual Harlem Earth Day initiative, presented by Harlem Park to Park (HP2P). Celebrity chefs, authors and activists will be among the headliners of the monthlong program.

The initiative, sponsored by Con Edison, Land Yoga, MIST, Friends of Morningside Park and Marcus Garvey Park Alliance, is designed to celebrate Global Earth Day and promote the Earth Day mission to increase awareness of healthy living and environmental issues, including green energy use, recycling, clean air, urban agriculture and health and wellness. HP2P, along with organization member Marcus Samuelsson, will present a series of weekly family-oriented projects designed to engage the community to actively participate in environmentally friendly activities from April 1-21.

Highlights include a curated series of panel discussions centered around the new food movement, environmental justice and beautifying urban spaces. Celebrity chefs and authors, Samuelsson, Candice Kumai, environmental activist Peggy Shepard of We Act and Carlton Brown of Full Spectrum NY (the award-winning developers of the Kalahari, Harlem’s first “green” building) will all serve as panelists in a three-part series taking place on Wednesday evenings from April 3-17 at MIST. Community events include a full day of activities presented by HP2P members in Morningside Park: yoga for children, an adult fitness boot camp, bike safety, dog-training demos, health screenings and more.

The program will culminate with the official Global Earth Day celebration in Marcus Garvey Park on Sunday, April 21, with family-oriented fun like arts and crafts, gardening, outdoor yoga, live music and more. “We’re so pleased to be presenting this very important initiative for the second year and to have the opportunity to work with so many of our members, as well as positive personalities from throughout the city,” said HP2P Executive Director Nikoa Evans Hendricks.

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