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Here’s how you can join agencies to celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary

By Maristela Romero
April 17, 2020 | Updated on July 1, 2021

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration when, on April 22, 1970, 20 million people across the United States took to the streets to show their support for environmental reform.

This year, federal agencies are encouraging the public to celebrate from home. They’re providing resources for family-friendly activities, and tips for practicing sustainability through simple, yet transformative, actions.

NASA’s Earth Day at home

NASA is celebrating Earth Day with Earth Day at Home videos, online games, social media events and programs, including:

  • A podcast episode on the Amazon rainforest and its changing ecosystem.
  • Access to the agency’s interactive Worldview map where you can view 20 years of satellite images of Earth.
  • Various live broadcasts with NASA astronauts and science experts.

NASA also created an Earth Day toolkit for young people, featuring a collection of educational resources, activities, Earth and space videos, posters and e-books. To help people connect virtually, NASA encourages you to share on social media how you celebrated the golden anniversary of Earth Day, using #EarthDayAtHome.

Environmental Protection Agency promotes greener living

The EPA is sharing resources to help the public learn more about greener living and how to make environmentally friendly purchasing decisions. The agency also has environmental project resources and ideas for students and teachers to celebrate Earth Day through remote learning, including lesson plans on environmental protection, and children’s books and online games on recycling and reducing energy consumption.

Department of Energy’s virtual visit

The Department of Energy recommends a virtual visit to the Smithsonian Gardens, and a sustainability treasure hunt at home.  The department also shared several Earth Day resources, including a Take Action at Home for Earth Day tipsheet with ways people can reduce waste and recycle.

These agencies will also share Earth Day content on their social media platforms. Follow #EarthDay2020 and #EarthDayAtHome for updates.

Maristela Romero is a former communications intern at the Partnership.


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