2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day– a day that was created to bring transformative change through education, activism, and change to benefit our planet.
The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and communicate. We may be separated, but we are all in it together. Take Earth Day to remember the planet we all share, and do something to help.
Here’s how you can join the global conversation while at home this year.
Over the 24 hours of Earth Day (12:01 am ET – 11:59 pm ET on April 22), Earth Day Network will flood the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more. Tune into Earth Day Live on April 22 -24 as millions of people around the world go online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency. Earthday.org
Pledge as a Family
Commit as a household to change one behavior that will benefit our planet. For example:
- Commit to eliminate the purchase of bottled water, and instead use reusable containers.
- Stop using plastic straws and stick to stainless steel reusable straws instead.
- Eliminate single-use plates, utensils, or napkins, and stick to washable and reusable options.
- Install rain barrels for watering of outdoor flowers, plants, and vegetable gardens.
Pick one commitment and discuss how you can change your daily behaviors to stick to it.
Go to the Backyard
Plant a tree, native wildflowers, or start a garden. Spring is the perfect time to get started! Planting supports bird, butterfly, and bee species. Not to mention, it’s a simple way to add beauty to your outdoor living space. Check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac website for tips to start your own Wildflower garden.
At NASA’s website, you’ll find even more, created especially for Earth Day – videos, online games and mobile apps, social media events, and even Lego activities for #EarthDayAtHome.
Educate the Next Generation
E-learning and cabin fever has taken over households with children. Earth Day allows you to mix-it-up with a new activity, while helping the next generation understand the importance of taking care of our planet.
- Check out National Geographic Kids for some Earth Day celebration ideas.
- Environment America has a list of “Nifty Fifty Activities” kids can do at home in many categories, including climate change, waste reduction, plants, bees, and waterways.
- Browse Pinterest for simple Earth Day activities you can print and do at home.
As an environmental testing laboratory, our overall purpose is to help preserve the environment and protect public health. It’s in everything we do every day. But outside of work, we can all contribute as citizens to help make the Earth better for future generations.