Celebrating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

This year, Earth Day has gone virtual, and there are many events happening on April 22nd, as well as the entire week around Earth Day and the month of April. We will celebrate positive recent effects of social distancing, such as reduced pollution, cleared skies, cleaned canals and even animals were encouraged to return to areas they have previously abandoned.
Below, you'll find events that virtually capture the spirit of Earth Day from UCSC, Santa Cruz and beyond and even from around the world! Be sure to follow the links provided, as some events last for more than one day. Let's join the many events and peoples to celebrate, learn, network and have fun!

    UCSC Earth Day Org Events

  • earth week banana slugUCSC is Celebrating Earth Week virtually, from Monday, April 20th to Saturday, April 25th! This year the theme is ‘Earth Week 2020: Empowering Climate Action’. The wide range of events offered this week aim to include students who have been historically left out of the traditional environmental movement, by examining the impact of climate change on marginalized communities and how people can take action to combat these issues at individual, local, and institutional levels. Events will include live guest speaker presentations via Zoom, activities to try at home such as ways to reuse old clothes, vegan recipes, natural journaling, and more!

    Events coordinated by Rachel Carson College Earth Week Team will be facilitated mainly through the Instagram page: @ucscearthweekorg and will provide everyone with tools to engage with climate change mitigation efforts. 

  • • Swap, Upcycle, and Love It: Combating the Fast Fashion Industry - Monday, April 20th
    To start off Earth Week we have designed an event centered around understanding the impacts of consumerism. Check-out our Instagram and Facebook pages where we will post and promote DIY activities showing how to upcycle your clothing. If you tag our page on Instagram with your creations we will post them on our Instagram stories and page and you will be entered in a giveaway.
  • • Documentary Watch Party - Tuesday, April 21st 7-9pm
    Join our online watch-party for a documentary from Netflix that aligns with our theme of Empowering Climate Action. We will generate a discussion while we watch the movie and create community during this time of social distancing. Participants will be entered into a give-away for reusable products such as produce bags and tupperware. Along with this, we will be curating a recommended watching list of educational media to consume during the spring quarter. 
  • Planting Seeds of Change: Presentation - Wednesday, April 22nd 5-6 pm
    UCSC Professor Dr. Julianne Hazlewood, Co-Founder & Executive Director Roots & Routes Intercultural Collaborations
    Join us for a live presentation from Dr. Juli Hazlewood. A UCSC alumni, she will be discussing her nonprofit, career path, and how to engage with this year’s theme of empowering climate action. We will be hosting a live zoom session of her talk while also recording the presentation for those unable to attend. In addition, since Earth Day was originally planned to be an entirely plant-based college night, we will be releasing a series of videos that demonstrate how to prepare low-cost vegan meals - a perfect snack to enjoy during the presentation! Both those who attend the live Zoom presentation or try the recipes and post pictures of the final product on social media tagging @ucscearthweekorg will be entered into giveaways for reusable products such as produce bags and Tupperware.

  • • One Earth: Speaker Video - Thursday, April 23rd
    This video will feature several experts on the topic of environmental systems with the incorporation of people of color. The purpose of this event is to unify the student body and the Santa Cruz community with the greater purpose of establishing an appreciation for the Earth's roots, specifically focusing on topics regarding decolonization and historical connections to climate change while shedding a light on the intersectionality between the importance of the environment and sustainability and how it connects to people of color. 
  • • Virtual EcoFest - Friday, April 24th
    We will be highlighting numerous on and off-campus environmental organizations and students can become involved with them! These include groups like Student Environmental Center, UCSC Sustainability Office, Rope Partner and other organizations that advocate for social and environmental justice. We encourage students to interact with causes that align with their interests and cultures, and enable them to explore other fun ways to celebrate the Earth!
  • • Interpreting the World Around Us: Nature Journaling - Saturday, April 25th
    Staying indoors is one of the best ways we can help each other during this disorienting time. That said, there are still plenty of ways to connect with the world around us. One way is through nature journaling - this practice of combining careful observation along with writing and drawing can help you feel grounded and focused during this difficult period. We will post detailed prompts and example journal entries to help you embark on this journey. Additionally, folks are encouraged to share their journals on social media so we can repost their work and show how despite being apart we are all finding ways to connect with nature.

  • Eat From the Earth

  • eat for the earth logo
    Eat for the Earth is offering two great webinars and a way for you to eat plant-based foods "with them" online. They also invite you to eat plant-based during Earth Week, and to share your tasty food to social media! See "What's on your plate" below for some sharing fun. Lastly, don't miss the "Coolinary" class series.
    Let’s together call attention to Earth-friendly eating.
  • The power to care for the Earth is in our hands…and on the ends of our forks. This Earth Day, join Eat for the Earth for a free one hour webinar to learn about how decisions about your diet can make a difference for our planet.
  • Online “Coolinary" Class Series
    Chef Beth Love is offering some great online classes to provide tools for people who want to learn how to make food that is nutritious and environmentally sustainable. Classes are offered on a donation basis, and all proceeds benefit Eat for the Earth.
    Class # 1: Hearty Whole Grain Creations - Sunday, April 26, 3:00–4:30pm, PT
    Class # 2: Sensational Salads and Dressings to Cool the EarthThursday, April 30, 7:00–8:30pm, PT
    Class # 3: Desserts in the Raw - Sunday, May 3, 1:00–4:00pm, PT

  • We invite you to eat plant-based with us during Earth Week, and to share your tasty food to social media! Together we can call attention to Earth-friendly eating.
    It's fun to participate! Simply follow these three easy steps:
    1.    Post a photo or video of a plant-based meal you are eating during Earth Week to your social media. It can be a photo of the food only, or you can put yourself or others in the photo.
    2.    In your post (or story), share about your meal.
    3.    Use the following hashtags: #EatForTheEarth2020 and #WhatsOnYourPlateForEarthWeek.
    Invite your friends to join! Who do you know that can make good plant-based food and loves to brag about their creations on social media? Help us make this action go viral!
  • Saturday, April 25, 11am-12pm Pacific time
    Did you know that a healthy diet for you is also great for the earth? Join Rev. Beth Love of Eat for the Earth and Nutrition Consultant Sandi Rechenmacher to discover how what you put on your plate can make a world of a difference. Register now for this free event.

  • Other Events

  • 50 actions on partial globe image

    50 Actions for 50 years 
    In the face of global climate change and global health crises, we can all work together to build stronger, more resilient communities. This April, we invite you to engage with our Earth and its inhabitants in whatever ways make sense for you and your family. To help you get started, we've assembled a list of 50 actions you can take in honor of the last 50 years of the environmental movement. Most of these activities can be done from the comfort and safety of your home. Thanks for taking action! #50ACTIONS50YEARS By American University Office of Sustainability, The Catholic University of America, George Washington University Office of Sustainability, Howard University Office of Sustainability, and Georgetown University Office of Sustainability.

  • University of Washington bothell logo

    University of Washington Bothell/Cascadia - Earth Week 2020 - April 20 - 26
    There are many events happening for a whole week, such as DIY Gardening Workshop, Virtual Wetland Tour, Kids Movie Party - "If I Were An Animal Episode 9: If I Were A Humpback Whale", UW Recycling Trash Talk and many more. 

  • riverside county earth day logoBackyard Composting - April 21st, 10 am
    As part of Riverside County Department of Waste Resources three day “Earth Day At Home” celebration, join them on Facebook Live on 4/21 at 10 a.m. for a brief introduction on composting-- how a composting bin works, what to compost, and how you can do the same at home!
  • the story of stuff logoThe Story of Plastic - April 22, 2020
    The long wait paid off! The Story of Stuff Project (we love them!) is releasing their first feature-length documentary, out on Earth Day!
    Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, smothering our oceans and poisoning communities around the world. Meanwhile, Big Plastic only plans to expand production. Luckily, a global resistance movement is rising up to fight back.
    Filmed across three continents and featuring never-before-seen footage from the front lines of the crisis, The Story of Plastic is the last documentary about plastic you’ll ever need to see.
    To learn more and view our upcoming film festival schedule, visit the film website.
  • Drawing of the EarthCALPRIG #GreenerTogether Panel - April 22, 11 am PST
    Via Zoom
    CALPRIG will be hosting a #GreenerTogether panel via Zoom, and will be honoring Steve Anaya, a Student Sustainability Advisor for the Cowell/Stevenson communities, as a speaker. Come celebrate Earth Day and learn more about the work CALPRIG and Student Sustainability Advisors do for our community and campus.
  • climate conference in vr
    Climate Change Conference in VR - Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12pm PST 
    Join climate change experts for panels, exhibition, networking, and art exhibit in 3D immersive virtual reality! Attendees may attend from anywhere in the world on computer or VR headset. This Coronavirus-free Climate Change Conference in VR is designed to connect experts from organizations around the world to share their projects and research and build partnerships to solve problems in climate change together.
  • earth day. org 50 y anniversary logoEarthday.org April 22, 2020 All day
    Check earthday.org during the 24 hours of Earth Day (EST time) for hourly rotating challenges - driving actions big and small, giving diverse voices a platform and demanding bold action for people and the planet. 
    Earthday.org has plenty of Online Virtual events from conservation groups, universities, and various organizations from around the world! Visit their "Find a Digital Earth Day Event" Map to easily see what other virtual events are happening around the globe. 
    And, catch continuous livestream content on Earth Day Live.
  • university of vermont gund institute logoTHE IMPACT OF UVM RESEARCH & TEACHING ON SUSTAINABILITY - Wednesday, April 22, 9am – 4:30pm
    The purpose of the Summit is “How might we achieve and measure impact of our sustainability teaching, research, and outreach efforts.” Because the Summit will take place on April 22nd, which is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it is a good opportunity for an inflection point for students, faculty, and staff at UVM and the broader region to see how we can drive sustainable change within our own systems for the next 50 years. The meeting will be interactive, participative, and co-facilitated by UVM students who will be applying tools they have learned in the Sustainable Innovation MBA, especially those during a course titled Driving Sustainable Change.
  • we dont have time logoWe Don't Have Time Climate Conference 2020 - April 20th to 25th
    Together with Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap we invite you to join us for Earth Day Week, April 20–25, 2020. We’ll be broadcasting live talks and other daily shows from Washington DC, Stockholm and with speakers, thinkers and doers from all over the world.

    For the third consecutive year we bring you a public, free, online, no-fly climate conference. The program features the brightest minds to discuss solutions to the most daring challenge humanity has ever faced: the climate crisis.

  • UC Berkeley

    UC Berkeley - Climate Change and COVID-19: Can this crisis shift the paradigm? - Monday, April 27 12-1 pm
    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy is skidding into recession. Reduced consumption and transportation also mean reduced CO2 emissions. From India to China to the United States, skies are blue and the air is cleaner and healthier in cities than it has been for years. The pandemic has caused seismic shifts in how we produce and consume goods and could open a path to a more sustainable future. Or, government bailouts and investments could double down on the fossil fuel economy, and set back efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change. This conversation will feature Berkeley researchers discussing the science and policy behind CO2 emissions and opportunities for a different path forward.
    This event is sponsored by Rausser College of Natural Resources.