April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. In 1970, according to EarthDay.orgAbout 20 million Americans came together to raise awareness about the protection of the planet. Since then, activists around the world have come together every year to mark the day.
Ironically, Earth Day is taking place this year during one of the most widespread and deadly pandemics the world has seen for generations. As a result, all meetings or other personal events had to be canceled, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the occasion while we take refuge in our place.
More than a thousand different programs from around the world are listed on the Earth Day website. Unless otherwise stated, everything will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 22. An example includes:
A range of activists, along with entertainment and political celebrities, will offer discussions, performances, teach-ins and suggestions for action on the Earth Day movement’s office website. This takes 24 hours. Participants include Pope Francis, Steve Ballmer, Elizabeth Warren and Dave Matthews.
This is a program of 10 animated shorts from professional animators, students and children, all from the Pacific Northwest and curated by artist and animator Marilyn Zornado. They are available from April 8 ET on April 22 to April 20 ET on Sunday April 26.
An “international telematics festival” with live performances by various multimedia artists begins on Tuesday, April 21 at 8:00 PM ET and continues through Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00 PM ET.
In a World Earth Day Sculpture Challenge, Jupiter Artland and the Center for Interaction Design at Napier University in Edinburgh invite young people to explore sculptures by professional artists and build their own. The winning design will be added to Jupiter’s permanent collection.
Described as “ a meditative study of the seemingly infinite nature of space and natural physical structure, ” this seven-minute YouTube event takes place on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.
The UVM Environmental Program and the Gund Institute sponsor a speech from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm by Nalini Nadkarni, the pioneer of tree canopy ecology.
This is only a very small sample. There is a wide variety of other events. For example: invitations for children to send in art or to sing along, lessons about roof gardens in Nepal and a climate workshop for students in Belarus.
To find something you might be interested in, go to the Earth Day 2020 event page where you can click on an event on a world map or browse an event calendar. You can also filter the events by type, age group and language, or (if you haven’t already) add your own event.
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