In stark contrast to the first Earth Day which was marked by mass gatherings, protests, parades and festivities, the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day is happening in individual settings, but perhaps with no less impact as more people engage in environmentally friendly personal actions all year long. A Pew Research Center survey conducted of Americans in March 2020 found that 60% felt that global climate change was a major threat to our country. This is up from 44% who felt that way in 2009.
As it becomes increasingly clear that environmental issues aren’t contained within national borders, annual events such as Earth Day, whether in person or virtually, help bring us all together to educate ourselves on the facts about environmental issues, learn ways we can have local impact and take action to contribute to broad national and global changes to ensure we protect biodiversity, preserve wild spaces, guard against climate change, have clean air and maintain clean water.
While there are countless ways you can participate in Earth Day, below is a collection of some on-line resources to learn, participate and take action.
Also, consider yourself part of the Earth Day 2020 movement by simply noticing and appreciating the world around you. In this time when other recreational activities are limited; recreate, notice, appreciate and advocate for natural places. Locally you can take in the immense beauty of Lake Erie and think about the incredible fresh water resource in our backyard and what it means to have access to fresh, clean water. Enjoy a walk in the woods at Asbury Woods or other regional places and soak in the trees that are a vital part of good air quality through their process of taking in carbon dioxide to be used for photosynthesis and returning oxygen back into the atmosphere. Wake up early to listen to and appreciate the chorus of bird songs that are indicators of a healthy, diverse and thriving ecosystem. Think about the role those birds play that benefit humans such as insect and rodent control, seed dispersal and plant pollination.
Thanks for joining Asbury Woods as good stewards of natural places and as advocates for environmental stewardship. Share with us ways that you are celebrating nature, the environment and Earth Day, whether today or any day by using #asburywoodserie on Facebook and Instagram.
Happy Earth Day,
Jennifer Farrar, Executive Director
Asbury Woods Virtual Visit | Nature Journal
In this three-part Virtual Visit, we return to the backyard with Environmental Educator Jessica Stefano to learn about the art and practice of Nature Journaling. Jessica will share some interesting facts about why we might want to start nature journaling and will give us the basics of getting started. Then we’ll head out to the field to talk about the kinds of things we might include in our nature journal while observing the world around us. And finally, we’ll add some finishing touches to our nature journal to make it our own. Grab some paper and a pencil and join us as for this fun and creative Virtual Visit!
Send in your nature journal poems, sketches, and more to email@example.com or tag #asburywoodserie on social media - we would love to share them!
Earth Day Network: The worldwide hub for Earth Day Celebrations.
This year they are hosting virtual 24 hours of calls to action along with educational content, activities and history of Earth Day. The Earth Day Network works all year long on critical environmental issues. Click here for the Earth Day Network website.
In celebration of Earth Day 2020, the Earth Day Network is also launching a series of global citizen science projects. Citizen science projects are a way for individuals to contribute local data to a global database that scientists can use to analyze trends and look for big-picture change, areas of concern or positive outcomes. So far they have rolled out citizen science projects in relation to air quality and plastic pollution. Individuals can download the apps and start contributing data from their localities. Throughout the year the plan to offer additional projects that citizens around the globe can contribute to.
Erie Earth Day.
This group has assembled a resource for local Earth Day virtual happenings, resources for green living and action items.
National Geographic Magazine devoted their April 2020 issue to Earth Day, taking a look at 50 years of progress and setbacks since the initial Earth Day. They also take on looking forward another 50 years of views of what could happen by 2070.
National Geographic Kids.
You can celebrate and protect the planet at the same time. Check out these Earth Day ideas to help save the planet any time of year.
National Geographic Kids is encouraging families to discover the planet through its amazing animals by creating a neighborhood safari. Continue your exploration today and consider how you can help save the Earth.