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Do Something: Love Your Park

This week, kick off Love Your Park Week, check out Chinese lanterns at Franklin Square, learn about abrupt climate change, and more!

Every Monday we round up a handful of ways to get involved throughout the week to make your city better and have fun doing it. Have ideas for upcoming events? Email us tips. Now get out and do something!

Check out lanterns' glow

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Every year, Franklin Square is adorned with traditional Chinese lanterns that light up Philadelphia’s gorgeous summer nights. The 2019 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will include 30 new lanterns, including a 200-foot-long phoenix, a walk through a dragon tunnel, and mythological creatures. You can also enjoy a beer at the Dragon Garden while eating a diverse array of Asian cuisine, play Mini Golf, and ride the Parx Liberty Carousel. May 6-June 30, All Day, Prices vary, Franklin Square. 

Talk about talking about climate change

Climate change is a looming threat for humanity and the earth. However, scientists, community organizers, and scholars have a difficult time explaining the known unknowns of this phenomenon. How can we use scientific evidence to tackle the challenges inherent to explaining it? Join Penn State’s Richard Alley and the Franklin Institute’s Environmental scientist Dr. Rachel Valleta in a conversation about abrupt climate change and how we can learn to talk about it proactively. Tuesday, May 7, 6 pm-7:30 pm, Free with Advanced Registration, The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St

Find out what's in your food

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In this day and age, not that many people grow their own food, which means that most of us rely on corporations that control our food production system. For 32 years, organizations like Philadelphia’s Equal Exchange have been building alternative systems that put food production back in consumers’ hands. Join worker-owners of Equal Exchange and leaders of the Kensington Community Food Co-op for a panel discussion on who controls system of food production and how citizen-consumers can achieve more equitable and democratic food systems. Bonus: There will be snacks. Wednesday, May 8, 5 pm-7 pm, Free, Kensington Community Food Co-op, 2670 Coral St. 

Listen to Native voices

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Join Slought and the Penn Social Justice & Arts Integration Initiative  for “Public Lands, Private Hands,” a reunion of tribal leaders and community activists from Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona who will discuss indigenous and settler land use, as well as the Bears Ears National Monument.Moderated by Askiran Dhillon, co-editor of the forthcoming Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement, the conversation will center around the sacredness and religious importance of the Bears Ears National Monument. Thursday, May 9, 6:30 pm-9 pm, Free, Slought, 4017 Walnut St. 

Clean up our parks

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Kick off Love Your Park Week by volunteering at a citywide service day to “clean and green” our city’s beautiful parks. The event has brought in around 2,500 volunteers in past years to clean up trash and litter, take care of gardens and flower beds, and more. The day of service will be followed by dozens of free events across our city’s parks which celebrate Philadelphia’s natural, urban beauty. Saturday, May 11, 9:00 pm-5 pm, Free, Location varies. 

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