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HOW TO CELEBRATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY FROM HOME

Looking for ways to get involved with Earth Day from home? Climate Week NYC is now bringing you Earth Day programming!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’re launching our very first Earth Day events program. Throughout the month of April, organizations around the world are hosting virtual events so that we can maintain momentum on climate action while following social distancing guidelines. Our thoughts are with our global partners and all those being affected by the global pandemic. In these challenging times, our commitment to tackling climate change remains strong.

We’ve highlighted some of our favorite virtual Earth Day events below, and we encourage you to explore the full list of opportunities. From webinars to virtual panels, digital media campaigns and virtual 5Ks, the community is getting creative to ensure that we can all still come together to celebrate Earth Day and accelerate climate action.

If you’re looking to understand the role of business in the climate crisis, Climate Decade: Halving Global Emissions by 2030, hosted by The Climate Group, is an intimate panel that aims to explore how businesses are key actors in accelerating the clean revolution. The panel will feature members from The Climate Group’s various business actions programs who will discuss their ambitious commitments, actions, and barriers in addressing the climate emergency. Register here.

Make Climate Art for Congress your next creative homeschool activity. Through an innovative campaign that brings together art, education, and activism, The Climate Museum is encouraging young people to create illustrated notes that emphasize the fundamental right of all young people to a livable future. These notes will then be sent to their representatives in Congress. This call to action is targeted at elevating the voices of young people of all ages and perfect for kids who aren’t able to be around their classmates all day.

Just like millions of others around the world, you may have been planning to strike for climate on Earth Day. From April 22-24, youth climate activists across the country and the world are organizing virtual Earth Day Climate Strikes. Sign up for updates on the planned 72 hours of online climate strikes which will include teach-ins, musical performances, and more.

Especially due to the current pandemic, you may be interested in the relationship between climate and health. The Aspen Institute is hosting some of your best options. You can hear from Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during their webinar Earth Day 2020: Action on Climate and Health. If you’re wondering how to stay engaged in climate action while social distancing, the Future Leaders Climate Summit: Climate Activism in the Age of COVID-19 will take a look at how you can stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. This conversation is led by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, Alexandria Villaseñor, founder and Executive Director of Earth Uprising, and Benji Backer, President and Founder of the American Conservation Coalition.

Get moving for Earth Day by participating in the WE ACT Virtual Earth Day 5K! During the week of Earth Day, all registered participants will be able to run or walk the Earth Day 5K at a time and place of their choosing. Through participating and fundraising for this event, you will be doing more than just celebrating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary – you'll directly support WE ACT's work to develop climate resilience for frontline communities.

Make a change today to combat the climate crisis through Earth Challenge 2020! Organized by Earth Day Network, this is a unique initiative to show how small acts and changes in behavior can become global change. As it mobilizes the global community, the initiative is a perfect way to connect with a larger network right from home.

And last, but not least, Earth Day Initiative has turned their planned in-person festival into a fantastic Earth Day 50 Virtual Kick-Off. The kick-off will offer virtual booths and performances as well as presentations and discussions. Join them on April 19th to get ready for a great Earth Week at home!

As we look forward to Climate Week NYC 2020, rest assured that it will take place as scheduled on September 21-27, 2020. Climate Week NYC will launch a virtual platform that will host The Climate Group’s major events. The approach will ensure that should the situation in September limit the scale of physical events, a full program can still happen through a virtual platform. We will continue to update with more information as we approach the week.

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