But this year is not normal,, and Earth Day events are virtual.
Here’s how you can participate in Eath Day 2020 virtually from home, starting Sunday, April 19.
Earth Day Initiative and March for Science NYC will kick-off the 50th anniversary of Earth Day through a virtual event with big name celebrities including Broadway stars performing songs from their shows, climate scientists including Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and Dr. Kate Marvel, activists, and others.
This event, that had planned to dominate Manhattan streets from Times Square to lower Manhattan, has gone virtual, in light of the “new normal” created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will celebrate this historic occasion — and highlight the need for immediate action from the global community.
- Sunday, April 19th, 4pm EST – 10pm EST
- Livestream link here
The event will include:
- A virtual stage of high-profile speakers, including public officials, celebrities, activists, performers, and scientists
- Interactive presentations and workshops led by activists and scientists
- Virtual exhibitor booths featuring environment campaigns and sustainable causes
4:10-5:00 pm: Public Health & the Climate Crisis
- Join experts on public health and infectious disease discuss these issues in the context of a changing climate.
5:00-5:45 pm: Food Security & the Climate Crisis
- Join experts discuss how the climate crisis affects food security, and its impact on our communities.
5:45-6:20 pm: Mental Health & the Climate Crisis
- Join experts exploring how the climate crisis affects mental health, and why this growing issue deserves our attention.
6:20-6:50 pm: HALFTIME SHOW
You’ve seen him in his roles as Vice President, Presidential candidate, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and host of Caveat Theater’s “An Inconvenient Talk Show.” But this is a virtual Al Gore, played by Brooklyn comedian and climate science grad student Rollie Williams. Join Al as he takes us through the history of the climate crisis.
Then join the folks at Climate Clock to find out more about their work to “synchronize our watches,” so that the world can see how much time is left to meet the challenge of the climate crisis.
And watch Broadway performances by the company of Jagged Little Pill, Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire), Beth Malone (Tony and Grammy nominee, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Fun Home), Ciara Renée (Frozen), James Snyder (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Mara Davi (A Chorus Line, Smash), and Alexandra Socha (Head Over Heels, Spring Awakening)!
6:50-8:20 pm: Climate & Our Communities
- So you’ve heard from the experts on how climate change can affect our physical and mental health, as well as our food security. Now let’s see how we can fight this together!
8:20-10:00 pm: Climate Science & the Green New Deal
- Hear more from climate scientists and energy experts on solutions to the climate crisis, and join the discussion on policies needed to implement these solutions.
It’s not exactly an Earth Day celebration, but since it overlaps with Earth Day, we’re including it here.
Normally, National Park Week includes FREE admission and special programs. But since the Coronavirus pandemic has closed the parks, everything has moved online and you can partiicipate virtually.
Also new this year is a different theme for each day of National Park Week, April 18-26.
- Saturday, April 18: Junior Ranger Day
- Sunday, April 19: Volunteer Day
- Monday, April 20: Military Monday
- Tuesday, April 21: Transportation Tuesday
- Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day
- Thursday, April 23: Throwback Thursday
- Friday, April 24: Friendship Friday
- Saturday, April 25: Park Rx Day
- Sunday, April 26: Bark Ranger Day
On Wednesday, April 22, the Museum’s annual EarthFest will offer a series of online events to let everyone celebrate the beautiful planet we call home, from home, beginning at 10 am EDT.
These will include family-friendly botany and climate science workshops with hands-on activities that viewers can participate in using household items, live virtual guided flights over Earth and through the universe with space scientists, a YouTube watch party and live chat with Museum scientists, and an Earth-themed online trivia night with special guests.
EarthFest programming will be accessible via individual links available at amnh.org/earthfest, include:
- 10 am: Green Thumb for Families: Explore botanical biodiversity from home to learn about the plants in and around their house from expert botanist Donald McClellan. He will be answering questions and facilitating a special workshop where viewers will learn how to plant their own garden and create life right in their own kitchen. Viewers will be able to participate with whatever they have available at home.
- 11 am: Earth & Climate Science at Home Activity with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory: Join facilitators presenting activities that demonstrate glacier physics through experimentation with Glacier Goo, a substance you can create at home. Named for small pieces of ice found in both Arctic and Antarctic, iceberg bits or “Bergy Bits” in nature are small pieces of floating ice that break from an iceberg, ice shelf, or glacier. Join in by doing these experiments at home to better understand these rivers of ice.
- Noon: Field Trip Earth: LIVE Watch Party: Gather the family for a live flight around the world to marvel at our planet’s wonders—from the Amazon Rainforest to the Sahara Desert and the Great Barrier Reef! Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty as they use new interactive data visualization software OpenSpace to view our planet from outer space and take viewers questions in real time.
- 1 pm: 50 Years of Earth Day Watch Party: Learn about the most significant developments to our environment since 1970 through infographic videos created by the Museum since 2017, including the Museum’s latest Earth Day video, premiering on YouTube this Saturday, April 18. The event will include a live chat with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin and Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.
- 6 pm: Venus, Earth, and Mars: LIVE Watch Party: Join planetary geologist Martha Gilmore and the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart for a night out in the Goldilocks Zone. Hop aboard a live flight to unveil the mysteries of Earth’s toxic twin, Venus, and the dynamic nature of our planetary neighbors. What can Venus and Mars teach us about climate change and the unique conditions that support life on Earth?
- 8 pm: Earth Trivia! A Toast to the Planet!: Think you know the Earth? Prove it! Pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink and join this virtual trivia evening game co-hosted by the Museum and the NYC Trivia League. Gather a team or play solo in this Earth-themed evening for a chance to win a virtual happy hour with Museum scientists. The night will feature facts from our beloved planet in the form of multiple-choice questions, video content, bonus rounds with special guests, space travel, and more.
The Nelson Institute, a leader in environmental research, was scheduled to host a 50th anniversary Earth Day Conference, entitled “Earth Day@50: Aspiring for sustainability, striving for justice, crafting the planet.”
In response to COVID-19, the conference has been moved online. Wwebinars, pre-recorded sessions and interactive discussions can all be streamed for FREE.
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