Earth Day 2020

April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

shot of earth from space

Earth Day 1970 marked the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States:

By the end of 1970, the first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of other first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act,  the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Clean Air Act.  Two years later Congress passed the Clean Water Act.  A year after that, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act and soon after the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. These laws have protected millions of men, women and children from disease and death and have protected hundreds of species from extinction.–earthday.org/history

On Earth Day 2020, the Earth Day Network is organizing Earth Day Live–a digital celebration of our planet!

Visit earthday.org on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.

But you can also celebrate Earth Day in the real world around your own home: 

Plant some vegetable or flower seeds
Start a compost pile
Commit to stop using single use plastic products (e.g. water bottles and yogurt containers)
Clean up your garden
Go for a walk (while social distancing, of course!) or ride a bike
Read a book instead of watching media/being online
Prepare and eat only plant-based foods

I’m sure you can think of other eco-friendly activities!

Happy Earth Day!