This year - April 22, 2020, will be a milestone for the annual Earth Day as it celebrates its 50th year! The very first Earth Day back in 1970 sparked the passage in the U.S. of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. With the current Covid-19 Social Distancing, many of the annual events have been cancelled or postponed. We thought we'd give you a few ideas that you can use to both celebrate and enjoy this commemorative day of building awareness and taking action to keep our planet clean and safe for future generations.
According to the official site, www.earthday.org, the theme for this year's Earth Day 2020 is climate action. While they share it is an enormous challenge, they let us know that there are also vast opportunities to take action on climate change and they feel it's the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. "Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable." They tell us that while the Coronavirus pandemic may force us all to celebrate in a new way of social distancing, it doesn't have to force us to keep our voices down. Through the power of digital media, we are more connected than ever!
How you can be part of the solution this year
On April 22, you can join in for 24 hours of action via global digital mobilization that will contribute to drive actions both big and small, give diverse voices a platform and help to call for bold action for people and the planet. How can we do this? We can fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teachings and more! Earth Day is going DIGITAL! Here's where you can get plugged in: Visit earthday.org on April 22 to take part in livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are! Use #EARTHDAY2020 on social media platforms. You can download the social media toolkit with graphics like this one here.
Fun activities you can do while social distancing
Even though we are needing to practice social distancing and many of our favorite Earth Day celebrations have been cancelled or postponed, there are many things we can do in our own backyards or neighborhoods to be part of the movement. (Our friends at the Louisville Zoo have rescheduled their monthly Party for the Planet for the entire month of July as the Month-Long Celebration of the Earth - get more information on that event here.)
Here are a few ideas that you can use to get inspired to make the most of your Earth Day action plan!
Cool On-Line and Virtual Activities
There are several things you can do it the weather isn't cooperating, or if you just want to extend your celebrations after dark. Here are a couple of suggestions:
Overall - have fun!
No matter how you chose to celebrate and honor this year's Earth Day, remember to make it fun and share your photos of your adventures with us at #kytravel and #kyadventuresfromhome. We love seeing your posts and content. A special thanks to Michael Spurlock for his time and energy in creating the Willett Pot Still Bird Feeder instructions so that we can use them. I'm super excited for that project, even though it won't necessarily happen on Earth Day. Love to all - stay safe, stay home, and most of all - stay positive! Finally, I'll leave you with this quote from Aldo Leopold, "Conservation is the state of harmony between men and land." Love that! Hang in there ya'll - we will get through this together!
Pamela Denny is the Executive Director of Kentucky Travel Guide. She also hosts the Facebook Group - The Positivity Principle, is a proud mom of three, author, speaker, green living coach, lover of all things compassionate and advocates for #loveforward living and in all circumstances, finding that silver lining. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.