22nd April 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the environmental movement’s annual celebration. Roughly 20 million People gathered in 1970, according to EarthDay.org, to seek more commitment to saving the earth. Since then, activists around the world have gathered each year to mark the day.
Ironically, this year’s Earth Day is taking place during one of the most widespread and deadly pandemics the world has seen for generations. As a consequence, all parties or other in-person activities have to be canceled — but that doesn’t mean that while sheltering in place we can’t enjoy the occasion.
The Earth Day website lists over a thousand different programs from around the world. Unless otherwise reported, it all takes place on Wednesday 22 April. One sample contains:
A number of campaigners, along with entertainment and political figures, will be on the Earth Day movement’s office website providing forums, presentations, teach-ins and ideas for action. This is going to take place within 24 hours. Participants include Pope Francis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Steve Ballmer, and Dave Matthews.
This is a program of 10 short animated films by trained animators, college students and children, all from the Pacific Northwest and curated by Marilyn Zornado, artist and animator. They will be available on Sunday, April 26 from 8AM ET on April 22 till 8PM ET.
An “international telematic festival” featuring live performances by a variety of multimedia artists will begin at 8PM ET on Tuesday April 21st and run through Wednesday April 22nd at 8PM ET.
In a World Earth Day Sculpture Challenge, Jupiter Artland and the Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University is challenging young people to explore sculptures by professional artists and design their own sculptures. The winning design would enter Jupiter’s permanent collection.
This seven-minute YouTube event will take place on Wednesday at 3PM ET, described as “a meditative study of the nearly infinite essence of space and natural physical structure”
A talk by Nalini Nadkarni, the founder of tree canopy ecology, is funded by the UVM Conservation Program and the Gund Institute from 4:30 to 6:30PM.
This is just a very small selection. There are a large variety of other activities taking place. For example: children’s invites to submit in art or engage in sing-alongs, rooftop gardens classes in Nepal, and a environment workshop for students in Belarus;
You can access the Earth Day 2020 event website or discover something you may be interested in attending, or you can either press on an event on a world map or browse into an event calendar. You may also filter the events by form, age group, and language, or add your own event (if you haven’t done so yet).