2020 market the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and it also marks the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The first Earth Day (called May Day at the time) was held in 1970 in the US, and it’s often considered the start of the modern environmental movement. Since that first march against ecological destruction, Earth Day has evolved into a globally celebrated event, with festivities occurring in more than 200 countries.
Once again, most Earth Day celebrations will be virtual. Below are a few Indianapolis in-person events to celebrate Earth Day in person with your family and friends.
Indianapolis Children’s Musem
In celebration of Earth Day, the Children’s Museum will be featuring local environmentalists and community organizations who will be on-site sharing resources and activities with attendees. Also, teens from the Museum Apprentice Program will lead activities they created throughout the museum. Learn more here: www.childrensmuseum.org.
Growing Places Indy
Join the farm team at Growing Places Indy as they plant beautiful native plants in our native plant garden located at the White River State Park. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and support pollinators. Sing up to volunteer at the link: https://timecounts.org.
Join Earth Day Online
Earthday.org’s second annual “Earth Day Live: Restore Our Earth” online live stream event will be broadcast on April 22nd, beginning at noon, parallel to the Biden administration’s global climate summit. It will feature a variety of celebrities, politicians, and activists from many fields. Two events will precede it: on April 20th, there will be a global youth summit, and on April 21st, a global education summit. To take part, visit Earthday.org on the day of the event.
Celebrate Earth Day Every Day
In its purest form, it’s a day for people to step back, take a deep breath, and appreciate Earth in all its splendor. But for many people, Earth Day holds the potential to ignite broad environmental action. We put together a simple list to help you celebrate.
Below is a list of small actions you can take to showcase your commitment to improving the environment:
- Take a walk in your neighborhood or bike on your favorite trail.
- Invest in a reusable coffee cup or water bottle.
- Make your home energy efficient.
- Start a garden or buy a houseplant.
- Use earth-friendly cleaning products.
- Buy reusable grocery bags.
- Cut back on eating meat.
- Recycle, recycle, recycle.
- Start composting.
- Support your local farmer by buying produce or a CSA
Lastly, the best way to celebrate Earth Day is to be kind to the Earth every day. Taking small actions can make a big difference. Remember, even one small change can make a big difference over time.