50th Anniversary of Earth Day
EARTH DAY TURNS 50, LET’S CELEBRATE!
Let’s celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by taking care of ourselves, of each other, and our earth. Below are some family-friendly activities for you to experience on April 22 or throughout the month. Participate in virtual events that inspire hope or expand your knowledge. Find free programming for youth and adults. Share what you are doing on social media by using the hashtag #ourcityourearth.
Digging your hands in the soil is not only good for your physical health, but your mental health as well. Welcome in spring by working in your garden - plant native species, grow veggies, make your own compost, or even just pull weeds. Go here for tips, videos, and step-by-step guides on how to compost at home, select the right plants for your garden, carbon farm, and where to purchase plants and seeds during the Shelter-in-Place Order.
Stroll or Roll
Walk around your neighborhood to boost your mood and get a breath of fresh air! Whether it’s walking, running, or rolling, make sure to follow CDC guidelines. Learn best practices for walking and rolling safely along with educational activities to engage your children here. Participate on one of Bike East Bay’s many virtual workshops.
Try Plant-Based Cuisine
If you’re feeling creative in the kitchen and have time to try a new recipe, consider cooking a plant-based dish. A plant-based diet is good for your general well-being and can help reduce your carbon footprint! Find some inspiration here.
Maximize Your Groceries
Did you know reducing food waste is one of the leading solutions to climate change? Learn tips to reduce food waste to help the planet and cut down on grocery store trips. Visit http://stopfoodwaste.org/ for more information and inspiration to reduce food waste. In the fall, Dublin will be holding a zero-waste cooking workshop with the Zero Waste Chef, where you can get hands-on tips.
Create Eco Art
Eco art is art created from natural things like leaves or twigs and can help you feel connected to the earth without actually leaving your home. Feel free to re-purpose unused items in your home or give your trash a new life! Find some ideas here.
April: 20 Actions to Earth Day Toolkit
The 20 Actions to Earth Day 2020 Toolkit provides a road map to a wide variety of creative, reflective, and meaningful actions that teachers, students, and families can easily do from home. The goal is to rebuild together our story of a regenerative earth as the day-by-day countdown culminates on the anniversary of Earth Day. Whether you’re able to do a single action, or complete all 20 actions, contribute your story and show solidarity with the global community on Virtual Earth Day, April 22, 2020.
April: Celebrate Earth Day with the World
Celebrate Mother Earth with the global community from the comfort of your couch. There are many virtual events to choose from. Visit https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/ for details.
April 22-May 31: Cool the Earth Family Program
Gather your family for the ‘Adopt a Polar Bear’ experience and pledge to fight climate change. This free, 30-minute program, targeted to children in grades K-5, offers fun and engaging videos, a student creative activity, and family climate action pledges. Your family will learn about saving energy, zero-emission transportation, and reducing emissions. Available from April 22 - May 31 here.
April 22-26: Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit
April 22, 11:00 AM: Drive Electric Earth Day Tribute
This Facebook live event will include a live musical performance, informative guest speakers, information on electric vehicle financial incentives, and more! Find out how electric vehicles help our climate, and improve our air quality and our health.
April 22, 1:00 PM: Exploratorium Earth Day Celebration
Learn about the history of Earth Day while you explore some of the big ideas behind the science of the Earth’s systems with programs for all ages. The livestream can be watched here.
April 23, 6:00 PM: KQED’s Earth Day "Deep Look" Film Fest
The "Deep Look" Nature series offers short videos about small animals and plants filmed very close up in beautiful ultra-high-definition to give viewers a look at the natural world that they rarely get to see or experience. After the screening, join scientists and video producers for questions and discussion. Get tickets here.
April 23, 6:30 PM: Electric Vehicles 101
Thinking about buying a new car? Consider going electric! Join the City of San Leandro, with guest speakers from 350 Bay Area and the City of Berkeley, for a workshop that covers available cars, mileage range, buying and leasing, incentives, programs for income qualified drivers, and much more. Find the right car for your lifestyle. Register here.
April 25, 6:00 PM: "The Story of Plastic" Watch Party and Panel
"The Story of Plastic" film exposes worldwide plastic pollution; human rights abuses perpetuated by the plastics industry; and a global resistance and network of every-day heroes working internationally to combat this urgent problem. In honor of Earth Day, "The Story of Plastic" airs on the Discovery Channel on Wednesday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. You can watch the film on the Discovery Channel or join the Ecology Center Watch Party on Saturday, April 25 , 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 7:40 p.m.