Earth Day, April 22 ~ 50th Anniversary

April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As we shelter in place, consider some of the suggestions below to honor this historical event and continue to act.

Read and watch

PBS offers many historical and current videos.

– Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light’s livestream: A Call to Collective Care, on Wednesday, April 22, 1-3 p.m. Register here to participate on Zoom. This virtual gathering of prayer, storytelling, art and wisdom from our diverse spiritual teachings will speak to this current moment of crisis. We invite you to connect and support one other as we navigate this difficult pandemic time, and to send a powerful message to decision-makers that climate justice is a top priority.

– On March 25, National Geographic published two opposing stories that look out another 50 years to 2070, titled “Why we can’t avoid a climate catastrophe” and “Why we’ll succeed in saving the planet from climate change.” (Nat Geo may limit content access to only subscribers.)

Pick up trash and add more pollinating plants

– Every time you walk during the month of April, pick up trash (always wear gloves and don’t pick up anything sharp). Learn more from Friends of the Mississippi and the National Park Service. You can email Paula Swingley at the NPS with an estimate of hours you spent picking up trash, along with any photos, or share them with the NPS on Instagram and Facebook as well.

Adopt a Drain.

– Add more pollinating plants to your garden or yard this year.

– Feel free to email Teresa Borzcik on our Caring for Creation Team if you do any of these, along with the number of people who participated and total hours spent during this Earth Day spring season. She will start a Gloria Dei “April Earth Day” log.

Participate in other ways to build resilience

– Visit the Earth Day Challenge for more ways to participate and track your actions.