Celebrate our planet and learn how to save our planet with these FREE and virtual Earth Day events on Earth Day, April 22 all week, with films, discussions with top scientists and diplomats, special programs for kids, even a Hackathon.
Set your calendar for these events and activities, and be sure to RSVP to get the Zoom or other online link before virtual attendance is capped.
All times are EDT.
Earth Day Events Before April 22
Monday, April 19, 10am – 11am
The Ocean: Turning a Climate Change Problem Into a Solution
Healthy oceans are a crucial component in regulating the climate on the planet. Although pollution, overfishing, and acidification has seriously affected the health of ocean ecosystems, the ocean can also be a source of innovation and optimism in mitigating the effects of climate change by absorbing heat and carbon.
The solutions range from blue carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems or underneath the sea, reviving and protecting coral reefs, to a sustainable use of marine sources.
This translatantic program is by the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program, partnering with the Smithsonian Institution and European embassies in Washington D.C. to launch an “Earth Optimism” conversation series focused on solutions and possibilities when it comes to climate risk, conservation and sustainability.
Monday, April 19, 7:30pm – 10pm
One Earth Film Festival: I am Greta
The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman.
Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy schoolgirl with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence, and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.
The film culminates with her astonishing wind powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
Appropriate for general audiences, including teens and young adults.
After the screening, stay connected to discuss the film with:
- Manolo Avalos, It’s Our Future & One Earth Youth Advisory Council; High School Student
- Kaleigh Clark, One Earth Youth Advisory Council & Living History Project; High School Student
- Dejah Powell, Midwest Lead Organizer, Sunrise Movement
- Adelina Avalos, Environmental Organizer, Southeast Youth Alliance
Donations also accepted to support the One Earth Film Festival
Hydrogen – Fuel of the Future?
Hydrogen has been hailed as a green alternative to fossil fuels and the harbinger of a completely new economic model.
The EU Commission’s European Green Deal and the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Plan chart a course that is phasing out fossil fuels and emphasizing investing in green hydrogen to hit emission targets.
The hope is to develop an economy with hydrogen as a viable large-scale energy source that can be transported via pipes or trucks as a liquid or gas, similar to oil and natural gas. But can hydrogen live up to the promise?
Sponsored by Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center and European Embassies in Washington D.C.
Wednesday, April 21, 10AM – 11AM
Offshore Energy: Favorable Winds for Renewables?
Offshore wind farms have become an important part of global energy markets with investments steadily rising over the last years.
The “Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy” from the European Commission aims to make offshore wind capacity hit at least 60 GW by 2030.
The U.S. government just recently announced a plan that sets a target to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030, which the administration said would be enough to power 10 million homes and cut 78 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
This event is part of the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Week and part of a transatlantic green initiative organized by the Global Europe Program and European Embassies in Washington D.C.
This event is a conversation with European and American representatives of offshore wind projects about the potential for the use of offshore winds on both sides of the Atlantic, the role it has in the fight against climate change, and innovations driving implementation.
Earth Day Events on Earth Day, April 22
11 AM – 6 PM
FREE online events with the American Museum of Natural History, including a virtual guided flight into space, a virtual Earth Day Dance Party, a puppet show and more.
1 PM – 2:30 PM
Together Towards a Sustainable Arctic
Join the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and the Polar Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for an engaging Earth Day dialogue with Iceland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, about Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and what’s next.
As Iceland’s Chairmanship of the Arctic Council comes to a close, he looks back on the progress made in the past two years to advance Arctic sustainability and science collaboration, and forward to what’s next for the Arctic Council in its efforts to see the region transform due to a rapidly changing climate.
The future of the Arctic is critical not only for its four million inhabitants and the unique ecosystems found in this northernmost region of Earth.
A sustainable Arctic is key for global stability. Physical changes in the Arctic have globally significant climatic, environmental and geopolitical implications, and successful collaboration through the Arctic Council has kept the Arctic peaceful and stable since its establishment twenty-five years ago
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Chasing Coral Film Screening
Teeming beauty is only a degree or two from stark tragedy in a stunning quest in which divers, photographers, and scientists set out to unravel the mystery of why the world’s coral reefs are disappearing so quickly.
Using footage from thirty countries, director Jeff Orlowski spent three years creating a film that seeks to raise awareness of a global climate catastrophe already well underway.
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
This Office of Sustainability of Long Beach, Long Island, invites you to join the Long Beach community of environmental professionals, students, activists, and concerned residents to discuss the future of sustainability.
Even if you don’t live here, you’ll learn about what actions are most needed to make Long Beach – and small towns everywhere, especially those near big cities – can do to make a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient city.
8 PM – 10 PM
The Great Green Wall
Celebrate Earth Day by watching the documentary “The Great Green Wall,” about the grass roots effort to make parchetd, desert-like parts of Africa green again, and help feed a hungry a continent along with helping protect the environment.
Part musical odyssey, cultural road-trip, and climate justice exploration, the film captures the spirit of Africa’s “green belt.”
Register to watch: http://spr.ly/6183HFC51
FREE Online Cooking Class
The Institute of Culinary Education, in Lower Manhattan, is offering a special FREE Earth Day cooking class, to celebrate fresh spring ingredients from our bountiful earth.
Sign up now for this Spring Quiche Brunch class on April 22, with a top NYC chef.
ICE also offers other online cooking classes, which cost between $50 and $125. This one is FREE
Additional Events After Earth Day
Friday, April 23 at 6pm
Overheated with Jane Fonda
Aronoff will be in conversation with Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award winner and an Emmy award–winning American actor and activist.
Fonda founded Fire Drill Fridays in October 2019 in partnership with Greenpeace USA and sits on the boards of V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, the Women’s Media Center (which she cofounded in 2004), the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, and Homeboy Industries. Her book, What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action, is on sale now.
This event is presented in partnership with The New Republic.
Saturday, April 24, 9am – Noon
Using Zoom, girls will work in groups with mentors to create prototype smartphone apps (using the online app block programming language, APP LAB from Code.org) to educate and inspire others to act on the crisis. Patch included.
Satisfies some requirements of the Coding for Good badges (Coding Basics badge included, to be mailed at conclusion of program).
If you are a Girl Scout please register HERE.
Saturday, April 24, Noon to 5pm
Street Arts Earth Day Celebration
Yeah! A real actual block party, with FREE music and dance performances and a sidewalk art show celebrating the healing qualities and joyful expression that happen when neighbors come together in community – this community being both Earth Day and the Upper West Side.
- 12noon-12:30pm – Max Dolgin Trio Plus
- 12:30-1pm – Bridge for Dance – FREE family class
- 1-1:45pm – jill sigman/thinkdance
- 2-2:45pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
- 3-3:30pm – Max Dolgin Trio Plus
- 3:30-4pm – Harmony by Karate – FREE family class
- 4-4:30pm – Met Orchestra Musicians
- 4:45-5:15pm – Songs to Inspire – Chelsie Nectow & Eric Parker
Saturday, April 24, 1:30 PM – 3 PM
In celebration of Car Free Earth Day 2021, Artichoke Dance Company will be sharing a series of live in-person pop-up performances in collaboration with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
The performances will be at Albee Square (corner of Fulton and Bond streets) and FREE to attend.
Sunday, April 25, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Celebrate Earth Day with Force for Good
Force for Good offers a virtual screening based on the film “Solar”, and a conversation with solar experts Dara and Mark Bortman, hosted by Emmy-award winner Rodney Whittenberg, the film’s co-producer, followed by a spotlight on Power Up Gambia, featuring its Executive Director, Lynn McConville.
Force For Good’s mission is to inspire and empower people to promote positive change by creating uplifting music and films that encourage personal and global well-being. FFG’s original instrumental music/film collaborations promote vital issues for humanity, including peace, safety, equality, respect for the environment, and most importantly, compassion for all. Visit ForceForGoodMusic.com
The event is free but there is a suggested donation of $10 to Power Up Gambia, a nonprofit that provides life-saving solar electricity to hospitals in The Gambia, one of the poorest nations in Africa.
You can donate to Power Up Gambia on their PayPal site.
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