It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day today, April 22, 2020. This year’s theme is 24 hours of action. The goal is to drive actions big and small, give diverse voices a platform, and demand bold action for people and the planet.
What You Can Do
Take action with the great global solo cleanup. Today is the day to commit to safely and independently going and cleaning up your neighborhood to make this planet a little better -one piece at a time.
Citizen science is another great way to get outside and help gather necessary info. This Earth Day, join the Earth Challenge and gather important scientific data by measuring air quality and plastic pollution. Learn more about becoming a citizen scientist here.
Recycle your old electronics properly! Electronic waste is a big problem in our landfills, and it’s up to you to recycle your old equipment properly. If you have old smartphones or tablets, TCC Verizon stores accept donations for our nonprofit, More Than a Phone. These devices go to a survivor of domestic violence to keep them connected.
Use the EC2020 app to document your air quality! The Earth Day Network has partnered with the Wilson Center to create this air quality recording tool that works on a smartphone. This app records images of the horizon and they will be added to a global database to show how air quality varies and the effects human activity has on these trends.
E-learn with the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA put together this pdf on environmental education resources you can use with your child. View their recommendations here.
Earth Day Stats
- 79% of all plastics ever produced have accumulated in landfills and the natural environment
- The average person makes 4 pounds of trash a day.
- A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in 30 days.
What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day today? Tell us in the comments!