Pondering a university’s ecological impact

Read the full story from the University of Illinois.

It’s a cool spring morning as I stare at the patchwork of colorful leaves and blossoms on the trees outside my home office. The thought of another Earth Day has me pondering all the research conducted at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that has direct ecological implications. My colleagues and I have written about hundreds of these studies, and hundreds more are published every year.

Small groups can make lasting impacts on plastic

Read the full story at EarthDay.org.

For EARTHDAY.ORG and The Great Global Cleanup, it means we have needed to shift from our traditional ways of having cleanups to safer systems that allow us to continue to battle the constant flow of pollution plaguing our global environment.

COVID has forced us to be creative in our events structure. We had to find ways to continue to provide and promote cleanup events, while maintaining the safety of ourselves and others. Even though major cleanup events with hundreds of volunteers working together are a great way to build community ties and clean up the environment, they are not the only option. Small group and individual cleanups (designed in compliance with local COVID regulations) are perfect alternatives that allow for safe and effective cleanups all around the world.

Libraries virtual exhibition highlights human impact on our planet

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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day in April 1970, a new online exhibition, “Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact,” explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, and the documentary record.

Earth Day Neighborhood Safari

Read the full story at National Geographic.

Right now it’s more important than ever for parents to show their children how amazing the world is. That’s why, to celebrate Earth Day, NatGeo@Home is “hosting” neighborhood safaris to inspire everyone to engage as a family to explore the planet through its amazing animals.

Earth Day 2020: How to participate from the safety of your home

Read the full story from Great Lakes Now.

This year’s Earth Day is a special one, and not just because it’s the 50th anniversary of the event.

With stay home orders and heavy social distancing recommendations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual large gatherings of people to show support, clear trash and do more to help the planet just aren’t plausible.

But that hasn’t entirely stopped festivities being organized for April 22, and numerous organizations have arranged for ways people can engage with Earth Day without compromising safety.

This Earth Day Is Like No Other. Here’s How To Grieve And Stay Engaged

Read the full story from KQED.

Instead of feeling gratitude and oneness with the planet this Earth Day, you may be feeling far darker emotions. Not just because of our abnormal existence during a pandemic, but also from a fear that more disruptive events are on the horizon due to climate change.

For some, feelings of sadness about the state of the planet aren’t new — they’re constant and at times debilitating. This experience goes by many names, among them eco-anxiety, climate grief and climate despair.

A movement has begun to help people face these feelings — and build resilience so they can stay engaged with the work of fighting the climate crisis.

We spoke to psychologists and climate activists about their approaches to processing climate grief — it turns out these tools are useful for dealing with any kind of wide scale upheaval, including life during a pandemic. Here’s a road map.

Climate Fwd: Earth Day turns 50

Read the full story in the NYT Climate Fwd. newsletter. See also the Chicago Tribune’s photo gallery of the first Earth Day.

It’s Earth Day again, and this one is both special and a bit strange. Special because this is the 50th anniversary of the original, and there are a gazillion commemorations and events going on around the world. Strange because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced most of them to move online.

Six Iconic Environmental Visualizations for Earth Day

Read the full post from Nightingale.

Climate spirals, hockey sticks, and … squirrels? These are some of the most memorable environmental data visualizations of all time.

Today we’re fighting COVID-19. Where will our world be in 2070?

Read the full story from National Geographic.

Will all coffee be fair trade? All cars electric? Or, by the time we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Earth Day, will hastening storms, pandemics, and inequality condemn our Earth?

Kansas City moves Earth Day Festival online in response to COVID-19 pandemic

This year, Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, and in Kansas City the 2020 Earth Festival will be transformed into live and interactive online events in response to the threat of COVID-19.

Organizers decided to change Earth Festival to a new EF20Online event to provide a safe way for participants to engage with climate issues and avoid coronavirus. Events will be scheduled for April 18 – 26, with specific times to be announced.

These events are scheduled for:

Additional topics to be scheduled include:

  • Building a home forest: Reversing global warming yard by yard
  • The fight for our future: Addressing climate change policy and individual responsibility
  • Climate-smart Living: Creating a plastic-free, zero-waste, climate-smart community
  • Reversing global warming: Greenhouse gas reduction and sequestration
  • Sustainable fashion: The environmental impact of what we wear
  • Mother Earth Is on fire: What to do
  • Making the case for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR763)
  • Sustainable food: The environmental impact of what we eat
  • Beyond composting: How to creatively repurpose your food to give it a second (and third!) life
  • Climate change & social equity: The intersection of climate, homelessness and creating sustainable communities
  • From waste to justice: A new social and environmental paradigm
  • Sustainable mobility: The environmental impact of how we get there
  • Soil, plants, water and climate resilience: You can’t have one without the others
  • The alchemy of compost: How 2+2 = 9 if you let it

The online festival is sponsored by Climate Council of Greater Kansas City and its partners.