United for the Earth event promotes diversity & sustainability


United for the Earth, a community event organized by Women of Toledo, the BGSU Environmental Communication Initiative, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT), and Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy, aims to enhance and extend environmental education and practices in Northwest Ohio, and to promote cultural inclusivity and diversity as it intersects with environmental sustainability.

The event, free and open to the public, takes place Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Road, Perrysburg.  It features a panel discussion by regional environmental advocates and practitioners focusing on building sustainable, inclusive communities, a complementary, healthy Mediterranean lunch, a commemorative tree planting, a information and resource fair, and fun activities for children and all ages, including pony and carriage rides provided by Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy.

Event Itinerary:

11 a.m.


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Community Panel Forum:  Transformational, Sustainable Change for the Earth and for our Community with a complementary lunch provided by Grape Leaf in Perrysburg.

This forum will address how we can all help support the earth and each other, build strategic alliances, coordinate actions, celebrate successes, and make true progress for our local and global communities. 

Panelists include: Zobaida Falah, Cure Your World; Bryan Twitchell, Lake Erie Bill of Rights; and Tristan Guyette, and Dr. Ian Young, Philosophy and Environmental Ethics, BGSU. The panel will offer community-based knowledge, emphasize local and global leadership efforts to overcome barriers and challenges to sustainable living, and highlight Muslim women’s leadership efforts toward environmental sustainability.

1 p.m. 

Commemorative Tree Planting

United for the Earth Resource Fair     

1:30 – 3 p.m.

Resources and “green” family-friendly activities include:

Project H.O.P.E. pony and carriage rides for children

#BeThe1 Pledge to change one behavior for the earth

Small electronics recycling collection

Sustainable gardening

Easy composting

Greening Ramadhan

Sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives

Undergraduate research related to environmental sustainability

Earth Week arts and crafts

Face painting for children