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celebrate earth day at home 2020

2020 marks the 50th annual global Earth Day celebration. And while things are a little weird this year, just because you're at home doesn't mean you can't show your appreciation for Mother Earth! We’ve rounded up 5 different ideas for celebrating Earth Day without leaving the house.


  1. The American Museum of Natural History will be streaming a live virtual event that explains the changes that have taken place on our planet in the last 50 years through infographics and data visualizations. Oceanographer Nathalie Goodkin and conservation biologist Ana Luz Porzecanski will be answering questions submitted by viewers. Tune in here at 10 AM Pacific Time to join the event.

  2. Start an indoor garden. New York City’s Prospect Park Alliance has a super-easy tutorial on how to start a garden using the scraps from your grocery store vegetables. You can also order herb garden kits online from a small business, like this edible herb and flower kit from Sage Hen Homestead shop on Etsy.

  3. New York City Parks is offering several virtual activities for the week to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, including gardening workshops, virtual tours with NYC park rangers, guided meditation, and craft tutorials for kids. Take a look at the full schedule of events here.

  4. Commit to eating vegan one day a week, starting on Earth Day. If you don’t already live a plant-based lifestyle, this is one of the most impactful changes you can make. A recent study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters reports that consuming meat can have up to 100 times the environmental impact of plant-derived foods. Beef is estimated to give off more than six pounds of carbon dioxide per serving; but the amount created per serving by rice, legumes, carrots, apples, or potatoes is less than half a pound. If eating vegan once a week is too difficult for your situation, that’s okay! Even a small change, like choosing to stop eating red meat, makes a difference.

  5. Explore the world on your computer with Google Earth Voyager. Voyager curates locations in collections like “Cherry Blossoms Around the World” or “Wildlife of Africa.” Note that Voyager currently only works on desktop.

And of course, if you have the means to do so, making a financial contribution makes a huge difference for non-profits fighting to protect our planet. Consider organizations like 350, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, or Environmental Defense Fund.

Whatever you do, we hope you have the chance to take a moment to marvel at the world we share, today and every day!

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