Earth Day 2020

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day from Home

April 21, 2020
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This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. The connection that we have to nature, plants, and the land is integral to our health and all that we are. Earth Day reminds us to take care of our planet—whether it’s cleaning up litter, planting more trees, recycling and repurposing, or going on a walk in a green space amidst the wildflowers. See ideas to celebrate!

The “green things growing” whisper me
Of many an earth-old mystery
.
–Eben Eugene Rexford

The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Earth Day 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of this holiday. Typically, Earth Day is assigned a different theme or area of focus each year; this year’s theme is Climate Action.

Most years, Earth Day events range from river cleanups to invasive removals. With social distancing in place for many of us this April, Earth Day has gone digital. Virtual events, like environmental lectures and films, will take place on Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) instead. To see a catalogue of official events, visit earthday.org.

Of course, social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside and enjoy nature, as long as you do so responsibly! Nature is not cancelled! 

What Is Earth Day?

Ever wonder how Earth Day began? The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Dealing with dangerously serious issues concerning toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, an impressive 20 million Americans—10% of the population—ventured outdoors and protested together.

President Richard Nixon lead the nation in creating the Environmental Protection Agency which followed with successful laws including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Read more from EarthSky.org.

McConnell originally chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22, which ended up becoming the official celebration date. (Given that the date of the spring equinox changes over time, it could have made things more complicated to go with that date!)

Today, Earth Day is not only a day to increase awareness of environmental problems but it’s also become a popular day for many communities to gather together and clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. We’ve provided a list of activities and projects that you can do to improve your local environment further down the page!

When Is Earth Day?

Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22. It’s followed closely by Arbor Day, which falls on the last Friday in April.

Year Earth Day
2020 Wednesday, April 22
2021 Thursday, April 22
2022 Friday, April 22
2023 Saturday, April 22

Butterfly Earth Day

10 Earth Day Activities and Ideas

Celebrate Earth Day by appreciating and respecting the natural world. Here are some ideas to inspire you!

  1. Support our native bees:  The super-pollinators of the garden are … native bees! Learn more about these amazing heroes of pollination—and see how to make a native bee house (much like a bird house!). See how to make a bee-friendly garden habitat.
  2. Recycle and repurpose! Gardening needn’t be expensive. See ideas on recycling and repurposing garden items to make something out of nothing—and save money! We also have ideas on how to reuse in the kitchen and in the home and re-purpose everyday household items!
  3. Plant wildflowers! We’ll show you how to grow wildflowers in your garden for the pollinators—and to lift your spirits, too! Also, see our guide on choosing wildflower varieties which will thrive where you live. 
  4. Reduce plastic dependency: Plastic permeates every aspect of our lives, including the garden. But as the world wakes up to its addiction, just how easy is it to ditch plastic while growing and storing more of our own food? See our ideas on how to garden without plastic. Don’t forget to recycle what plastic you can. See a Plastics Recycling Chart. And also, know what’s in all those bottled drinks!
  5. Go native! Plants thrive best when they’re natural to your area. See our article on native plant landscaping and 10 tips for an eco-friendly garden.
  6. Bring nature into the garden with plants that attract butterflies and plants that attract hummingbirds!
  7. Start an organic vegetable garden. Here are tips on organic seed-starting, and our Beginner’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening to get you started.
  8. Conserve water! See our tips for watering wisely in the garden and tips on how to create your own rain garden. Also, avoid over-watering. Know how much your garden really needs with our watering chart! Watch our video demonstrating 10 smart watering tips for a healthy garden garden.
  9. Plant more trees! Talk to your local government about planting more trees and native garden beds in public spaces, or consider planting your own on your property! See advice on how to plant a tree as well a our video demonstrating how to plant a fruit tree.
  10. Get kids involved! Pass down a love of nature and plants with kids. See our ideas on gardening with kids and also 6 simple kids’ planting activities from the Kids Almanac

Find a ton of stay-at-home Earth Day ideas here: Celebrating Earth Day at Home

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Earth Day Quotes and Poetry

Wish a friend a Happy Earth Day with one of these beautiful quotes!

The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.

–Abraham Cowley

Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything
.
–Edna Frohock

The season comes when, from her three-month trance, 
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad. 

–Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–72)

While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels
.
–The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac

How do you celebrate Earth Day? Share in the comments below!

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BirdNote podcast for Earth Day 2020 - bird sounds across the US

BirdNote has done an extended podcast for Earth Day 2020. Check it out! birdnoteDOTORG and search for Earth Day 2020. Put on your headphones or earbuds and enjoy! Bird sounds from Maine to Hawaii.

EARTH DAY - 22nd April 2020 Observation

As the most part of the world and whole of India is under lockdown to fight the outbreak of COVID-19 I shall be organizing an event inviting the post of pics on "Lockdown earth through balcony & window - Climate acts". This shall be mobilised through participation using different social media.....Dr Sas Biswas Department of Forestry, Dolphin PG Institute of Biomedical and Natural Sciences, Dehradun India

EARTH DAY 2020

As the coronavirus invades our world, we can walk into nature knowing the power and spirit of new life and old life still inhabits where ever we are. Look, stand in awe, breathe the air of wonder and ask how can I save this glorious space. Then act on the answer.

Earth Day Should be Everyday!

I love that there is a national day to appreciate our planet! Especially since it is the only planet we can live on as of now, lol. Everyone coming together with the same goal (to save the planet), is the only way this will work. I don’t think enough people understand how much our planet needs our help, or they think they just won’t make a difference. Well, every little bit helps! Let’s be active, and be a part of the solution to make this world a better place!

Earth Day starts with every child

The Earth moves without us and it's now evident, would be better off without us. Teach your children well. Every day is Earth Day. Respect, reverence, nourishment and love. When has she done less for us? She is both our mother and our child. She provides for us and it is our responsibility to protect her. Every indigenous culture knows this and has practiced it. The lessons are here but we are blind. Respect and compassion. It doesn't get any simpler.

Earth Day Action

I think Earth Day is a very good thing. We need to remember, and come together to help the environment and the earth. I want the earth and environment to be good for future generations. The earth is a wonderful gift. I would like to increase my flowers that attract bees, get better at recycling, and throw less away.

Earth Day 2019- Humans Need A " Do Over " and Fast!

The negative effects of Human activities on our Home Planet and on ourselves are evident and obvious. Disastrous consequences abound and have been effectively documented: The Venus Project, The Zeitgeist Movement, Wasted-The final project of Anthony Bordain, an excellent film that lays out the Human Species and indicates the points where we can be assured of the death of the Human Species within the next few years. I am not a Negative Human. The moment to correct ourselves and amend the wrongs is NOW.

Earth Day

Look, I love the earth, and I love Earth Day, and EVERYTHING it stands for. But let's be honest with ourselves here; nobody is going to listen to us, so unfortunately, it is on us to DO what they're NOT doing, and to fix what they are harming WITHOUT their help or consent. I know it's not fair to us, but that's the way things are right now, and will be unless those who ARE NOT listening, start to care about Earth Day and what it stands for. If we don't do it, nobody will, and the pollution and whatnot will just get out of hand. It's up to us.

Re: Earth Day

Can we change people? No. They don't want to. Can we save the earth? Yes!

Earth Day 2018

Since conservation is a part of saving the earth and keeping species from going extinct, it seems we should refrain from eating sushi that uses blue fin tuna. They are at the brink of being an endangered species. One YouTuber claims that 80% of Atlantic and Pacific Blue Fin Tuna caught is consumed by the Japanese. If you look up a 2014 article by The Atlantic Magazine, it examines the issue.

Earth Day

Everyone can make a difference. Plant a tree, start a garden (even in a container) take a walk in the woods. Celebrate all that mother earth offers us every day!

What a beautiful world!

I hope Earth Day 2018 is greatest day in the history of forever. Happy Birthday, Earth. Smoke a tree. Don’t get wrapped around one :)

EARTH DAY 2017 "Cleanest" STATES, Big Cities

Check out litterscorecard.com STATES include Washington, Iowa, Vermont; Big CITIES include Jacksonville (FL), Portland (OR), Virginia Beach (VA), Omaha (NE)

National earth day, may be

National Earth Day, today there may be many reasons why to celebrate. The one i adhere to most is that it reminds those who forget how precious is our planet and all on it. Planting trees, if u can, great way to replace so many we've list. If u can't plant, well at least appreciate all organic beings, you and those around u. Earth day is truly everyday, 24hrs a day, and beyond? Namaste.

Earth Day

Since i was little i have always planted many different things on earth day. It has trickled down to my family. We always plant veggies, trees and flowers. Our time here is so short and precious we all just have to do our part. And i will continue to do this with them and when i have grandkids them too.

Earth Day Every Day....

Thought you would like to be informed and invited to participate in an on going global clean up program called The One Piece Program. It's quite simple and easy, yet so effective. www.onepieceprogram.com

When i do my walking

When i do my walking orcycling, i take used plastic bag and a tweezer to collect all rubbish like plastic bottles, tin cans and plastic bags along my route. Dispose them rightfully into recycle bins. Always remember to 3R - reduce, reuse and recycle.

I love Earth Day. This is

I love Earth Day. This is 4-22-2015.
I remember my girls being little, now 33 and 29. It was a day of planting, collecting trash, making things from trash, using no energy sources of power in the home. We basically stayed out side almost all day. It was a celebration of our planet earth the cool place we live. Take them shopping for plants or succulents or cactus, or pick flowers, or plant a tree, an Evergreen or Fruit tree. I would ask them, what they liked about being a part of the universe, if they thought they had a responsibility? What would we do as humans to improve the earth for future generations of humans animals, and mammals and green life and food sources. We did this every year. It was fun. Now they have grown older. No one to share with.

let us all follow the three

let us all follow the three R's- reduce, reuse and recycle and give inspirations to the future generations of the world!!!

you said is really correct

you said is really correct dude!!!!!

every year it seems i care

every year it seems i care more about the earth.

we travel eight months out of the year and winter in Florida. the earth brings me great pleasure, the bounty of the earth brings me great pleasure.

so many fine ideas to celebrate this day....really, Earth Day is every day.

thank you for sharing.....

Isn't Earth Day a day a govt.

Isn't Earth Day a day a govt. ruse to get people to plant trees and be happy? I see no point in Earth Day. Why don't you go plant a tree on say June 16th for example? I see no sense.

I love our country.---It

I love our country.---It commits many sins but the Declaration of Independence defines it---government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That's the way I try to live here. I am sorry that you have experienced the sins (ruses) of the "people" who have failed to live up to what we should be.

I thought you planted trees

I thought you planted trees on arbor day

The earth herself does not

The earth herself does not care one way or the other about governments. To do something nice for the planet, ultimately does something nice for you and all those you care about because, for now, we all live here.

You said you see no sense in

You said you see no sense in Earth day? Well why don't you take you & your donkey asses in the barn to MARS so you can participate or not choose to participate in MARS NIGHT cuz we sure have more sense in earth than they do on MARS cuz sense win't grow at all on Mars.. not enough water, sense what and where I am getting @ - be glad we rejoice in earth day... maybe you would prefer an Earth Night in case you are a blood sucking vampire and afraid of the Sun... if so I hope a Lycan butt bites you,

Earth day, Every day

One good reason not to plant a tree in June is because it is too hot by then, best to plant in spring or fall.

Earth Day! How appropriate!

Earth Day! How appropriate! I love it!!
A great time to celebrate our wonderful earth!!

And do not forget to recycle!

And do not forget to recycle! Planet Aid with our signature yellow bins across the US collects clothing and shoes. ‎Find a Bin - ‎Your Local Planet Aid - www.planetaid.org/‎ Planet Aid is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Thank you Planet Aid 17 Hampshire Dr, Hudson, NH 03051 (603) 594-4175

Next year, 2014. Agent of

Next year, 2014. Agent of Change Initiative, Nigeria will celebrate Earth Day Fest. in a dynamic way, we look forward to welcome international friends to celebrate with us. Let's Do It! Foundation (Estonia) and more.

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