Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, one of the largest civic observances in the world, with an expected 1 billion people in 190+ countries participating in activities to celebrate our planet.

As we collectively act to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and protect the health of our communities, we can all act to improve overall environmental health as well.

Now, is the perfect time to consider the impact of our everyday habits and how new actions can help improve our health and that of the planet.

This Earth Day, take time to celebrate the planet virtually. Here are just some of the activities available for you and your loved ones:

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  • Participate virtually in the Earth Day Network’s Earth Challenge 2020. Data from the actions you take will be added to the global database to map the health and safety of communities across the world.
  • Join one of Zooniverse’s climate research projects which range from counting penguins to mapping plant species to analyzing leaf cells. All can be done online!

Sunday, April 19 – Friday April 24, watch live streamed content:

  • The EarthX2020 digital conference can help you learn about green energy, sustainable cities, technology used for climate solutions, and so much more.
  • Earth Day Network’s EarthRise will host ‘digital teach-ins’ with musicians, artists, scientists and thought leaders for the 24 hours of Earth Day.
  • The Earth Day Initiative’s ‘virtual stage’ will feature actors, Broadway performers, climate scientists, virtual workshops, exhibitor booths, and three days of “Earth Day Live” content.

Take action to reduce your own environmental impact.

While social distancing, we’re all probably reducing our footprint by driving and traveling less, but here are tips to further limit our impact.

  • Plant-based foods! Boost your immune system with an abundance of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables that have much lower environmental impacts than meat and dairy. While social distancing, frozen vegetables or non-perishable plant-based foods may be easier to find and are still nutritious.
  • ‘Streaming’ time. Shut down your music and television streaming services and give your eyes a break. Read, go for a walk, learn a new skill or hobby – give yourself a mental boost while reducing electricity consumption.
  • Reduce. Take inventory. Clean out your closets one weekend. If something doesn’t fit or you no longer wear it, donate it to charity so that it can be reused.
  • Visit earthday.org – new ways for you to drive climate action will be posted hourly.