The devastation of COVID-19 has impacted just about every aspect of day-to-day life, including the way we’re called to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. With fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky, many of us are seeing improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. These changes are temporary and have come at a tremendous cost, but they speak to our collective power to impact the health of our planet.
While we’re physically separated right now, there are plenty of ways we can come together this Earth Day to celebrate and protect this remarkable planet. Here are five ways you can take action from your home.
- Discover just how fun (and educational) #EarthDayAtHome can be with NASA’s Earth Day 50th Anniversary Toolkit and Earth Day at Home collection. From a public video game that maps coral reefs to a #LetsBuildTogether LEGO challenge, NASA has compiled a wide range of educational visuals, videos, e-books, online games and mobile apps for learners of all ages to enjoy.
- Download the Earth Challenge 2020 app to take part in the world’s largest citizen science initiative by taking pictures of plastic and air pollution near you to help advance environmental research.
- Tune into one of the many digital Earth Day celebrations taking place. You can enjoy large-scale events like the 24-hour ‘Earth Day 50’ celebration, the 3-day ‘Earth Day Live’ livestream and the 6-day ‘Stay-Home Mural Festival for our Planet;’ or opt for smaller events that are specific to your language, geographic area and interests.
- Sit back, relax and stream a film related to conservation and climate change.
- If you’re in a position to do so, look for small changes you can make to reduce, reuse, recycle, and live a more eco-conscious lifestyle. If you’re looking for some guidance, check out the National Ocean Service’s list of ‘Ten Simple Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Earth’ or Good Housekeeping’s lengthier list of 45 small eco-friendly lifestyle changes that go a long way.
Earth Day is an annual reminder that protecting this planet starts with each one of us. It’s a day that invites us to take actions, small and large, to keep our planet healthy for years to come.