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This document was compiled by the Center for Green Schools to provide suggestions for ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at home or in your immediate neighborhood. We are all dealing with a new way of life due to the global pandemic, but it doesn't have to stop us from celebrating the increadible beauty and power of mother earth, our precious natural resources and the wonder of nature. These virutal earth day and earth month activites can be a way to bring your family, your friends, and your school community together to do something positive. Be inspired and take action!
If you have additional ideas to add to this list please write to us at schools@usgbc.org.
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#EarthDay2020 Gone DigitalEarthday.orgwww.earthday.orgWhether online or in person, the goal of Earth Day remains unchanged: to unite hundreds of millions of people around the world to pressure world leaders to act on environmental degradation and climate change. The global conversation will be unified and tracked by the shared hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE. Earth Day Network will provide live coverage of the global digital mobilizations from its social media accounts (@earthdaynetwork). Plans are also underway to develop a major global event, coordinated across digital platforms to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. Other digital events will include virtual protests, social media campaigns, online teach-ins and more. A full scope of digital actions will be available at earthday.org.
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Tackle Eco-challenges From HomeEarthday Eco Challegehttps://earthday.ecochallenge.orgThe international EarthDay EcoChallenge site is working to sign up folks internationally to participate in behavior change and eco activities. Sign up individually, as a team or as an organization and track your points on the leaderboard by participating in various challenges. Many of the ecochallenges listed can easily be done remotely, in your home or your neighborhood. You can also make up your own activities.
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Youth Climate EcoChallengeEcoChallenge & Drawdown.org
https://climate.ecochallenge.org/about/event-info
The challenge is similarly structured to the Earthday Ecochallenge but is focused on and open to youth and their support community. It features online learning and research, civic engagement, and community building. We encourage schools, local organizations, families, and friends to participate. The challenge runs April 15th – May 15th.
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Documentary Watch Partyhttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19HvkjrIG1ZM9okyFes7ZbPjZnTtXA_ICOeap02BdNGk/edit#gid=0Consider organizing a virutal documentary watch party and then host an online discussion with friends, family and colleagues. See the wonderful list of 100+ documentaries organized by category to find one (or two, or three) to watch during Earth Month.
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Virtual Environmental Book Clubhttps://www.earthday.org/13-must-read-books-on-the-environment-and-climate-change/What better way to learn about a new environmental topic than read about it and discuss with your family or with a group of friends or colleagues. EarthDay.org has compiled a list of adult level books but there are many other lists out there to reference.
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Become a Green Classroom ProfessionalCenter for Green Schoolshttps://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/green-classroom-professional-certificate-11781677When you return to your classroom and school, how can you make sure it's the greenest and healthiest place for you and your students? The Green Classroom Professional Certificate (GCP) is an interactive online course that will prepare you well to advocate for sustainability in your school. Take a quiz at the end of the course to get your GCP certificate.
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Plant a Victory GardenGreen Americahttps://www.greenamerica.org/food-climate/climate-victory-gardens/how-start-climate-victory-gardenThe Covid-19 pandemic brings to light the importance of food security, resiliency planning and the equitable challenges of accessing food. If you have garden space at your home, consider planting a Victory Garden this April and share photos or videos using #virtualvictorygardens. This can also be a great way to learn more about the history of Victory Gardens.
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BINGOVarious School ExamplesFairfax County (http://get2green.fcps.edu/EarthWeek.html), Portland Community College (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mu6yBmOsonWTTKK3e62XygWQxLdR7Fu5/view) Developed at Multnomah County and adapted by Portland Community College, this PDF eco BINGO game is a great way to engage your community in taking proactive health and sustainability actions at home.
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24 Hour Earth Day WebinarSustainable Development Solutions Networkhttps://www.unsdsn.org/24hour-webinarThis is a world-wide webinar of sustainable development projects, 24 hours straight and streamed in 12 hour increments for various parts of the world. US time 12 hour period: Wed, Apr 22, 2020 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM PDT
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Explore & Document Local BiodiversityCity Nature Challengehttps://citynaturechallenge.org/participate/Invented by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Lila Higgins) and California Academy of Sciences (Alison Young). The City Nature Challenge is an effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife (using your smart phone) in cities across the globe. Use their resources to document your local biodiversity in whatever way you can. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place – for you and other species!
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Age Appropriate Eco Friendly ActivitiesEarthday.orgReduce Bird Collisions: https://tinyurl.com/w2m2vt8
Bee Condo: https://tinyurl.com/w2nsala
Invasive Species Cleanup: https://tinyurl.com/vtfrqm8
Plant a Wildflower garden: https://tinyurl.com/ur5fw7a
Watershed Wilma/Wilbur Sculpture: https://tinyurl.com/vkbpl4e
We’re all grappling with changes to our daily lives, and these changes affect everyone. I recently repurposed some of our faith toolkits for in-home use, coming up with some resources for ways to engage people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic. Take a look — I’m sure you’ll find something to renew your spirit:
Ages 4 & Up: Reduce Bird Collisions:
Ages 7 & Up: Make a Bee Condo
Ages 10 & Up: Plan an Invasive Species Clean-Up
Ages 12 & Up: Plan A Wildflower Garden
Intergenerational Activity: Watershed Wilma/Wilbur Prayers
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Team up on Food WasteRecycle Leaders
https://www.recycleleaders.com/projects/2020/3/23/lets-team-up-on-food-waste-home-for-earth-day
You are invited to join schools in the DC Metro area in taking action on climate for Earth Day 2020 from home while social distancing! Team Up on Food Waste @ Home is a fun 4-week remote competition that provides a structured way for individuals, students, and families to participate in the EPA's Get Smart Challenge (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-02/documents/get_smart_ftgtw_2_1_2016_pubnumberadded_508.pdf) on reducing food waste at home together.
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Sustainability Lessons & ActivitiesCenter for Green Schoolshttps://learninglab.usgbc.org/programs/distance-and-home-learning-lessons-and-resourcesParents, grandparents, and teachers can all have fun with the newly launched resources on Learning Lab to support sustainability awareness and learning while away from school. Organized by grade level, it's easy to find lessons perfect for your kiddos.
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Video Storytelling (due April 12th)Center for Green Schools & Living Standard Campaignhttps://livingstandard.org/living-standard-and-center-for-green-schools-storytelling-scholarship/The Center for Green Schools and Living Standard campaign have partnered to provide two scholarships to high school seniors and students who plan to be enrolled in post-high school education in 2020. First place receives $2500, and second place will win $1000. Students must submit a very short video explaining how they’ve worked to make a positive impact in their schools and communities by leading on sustainability. Applications are due April 12.
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Virtual FieldTripsDiscovery Educationhttps://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/Join us live for our new Virtual Field Trips or watch them on demand later. Each no-cost Virtual Field Trip comes with a companion guide packed with standards-aligned, hands-on learning activities!
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FREE At-home Earth day and other sustainability-focused activities Project Learning Tree
https://www.plt.org/educator-tips/activities-to-do-with-children-at-home plt.org/news/earth-day-2020/
Project Learning Tree, an award-winning conservation curriculum, has assembled a list of free family learning activities and Earth Day activities that can be completed at home—both inside and close-by in a safe space outside.
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Virtual Field Trip Google Arts & Culture: The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/parks
Tour a National Park virtually! Fly over volcanoes, kayak through icebergs, swim though a coral reef, and trek through a cave as you discover the hidden world of our national parks.
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Fitness Breaks Alliance for a Helathier Generationhttps://www.healthiergeneration.org/resources/physical-activity/fitness-breaksTake a fitness break with your favorite pro athlete. Play one-on-one with basketball star, Jewell Lloyd; show off your quick feet with soccer pro, Em Boateng; and more!
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Daily Sustainability Tips
https://www.sustain.ucla.edu/housing/tips-for-living-green/ or https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/live_more_sustainably.html or https://ideasforus.org/20-ways-to-be-more-sustainable-in-2020/
Communicating daily sustainability tips our that both staff/students can focus on while remote.
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Watch Environmental FilmsThe Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF)https://dceff.org/watchnow/The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Due to the current epidemic, all of this year’s films are available online. This high-quality content seeks to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.
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At home waste-audit Center for Green Schools Learning Lab platform
https://learninglab.usgbc.org/module/1037/995 and https://learninglab.usgbc.org/module/18099
Learn what makes up the most trash in your house and how that can be improved. A waste audit tutorial and tracking documents can be provided for students and parents to do together at home.
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Zero Waste Meal IdeasZero Waste Chef
https://zerowastechef.com/2018/05/02/15-creative-uses-food-scraps/
While at home with your family, get creative with a number of recipes that utilize typically wasted food (leek tops/fruit peels/potato skins/etc). Consider making it a fun community event by hosting a virtual cooking class or enjoy your end product with friends over a video call.
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Earth month 24,901 Mile Challenge
Virtual Run Challengehttps://www.thevirtualrunchallenge.com/virtual-race-event/earth-day-24901-mile-challenge/The goal of the Earth Day Virtual Challenge (24,901 Miles) is simple. The goal is that during the month of April (Earth Day Month) we will collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles! We need at least 415 participants to commit to run at least 2 miles a day for the month of April to make it at least once around the Equator but we think we can do more!
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We Don’t Have Time Climate ConferenceWe Don't Have Time
https://www.wedonthavetime.org/event/earthdayweek
Together with Earth Day Network and Exponential Roadmap we invite you to join us for Earth Day Week, April 20–24, 2020. We’ll be broadcasting live talks and other daily shows from Washington DC, Stockholm and from almost all continents on Earth.
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.
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Writing letters to representatives Citizen Climate Lobby
https://citizensclimatelobby.org/write-congress-about-climate-change/#/7/
Reach out to your state representatives to urge them to take action on climate change. This is a great way to promote sustainabilty at the state level and to actively engage in the civic process.
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Earth Day at Home: Embodied CarbonHampshire Collegehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rwkc-presents-earth-day-at-home-tickets-95913709487?aff=RWKCwebsiteTalk embodied carbon in buildings with Jacob Deva Racusin and Ace McArleton of New Frameworks Design & Build on 4/22 at 6 pm EST. This talk is intended for a general audience.
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Strike With UsStrike With Us Campaignhttps://strikewithus.org/The US climate strike organizers invite you to three days of online action to STRIKE, DIVEST, AND VOTE TO SAVE HUMANITY AND OUR PLANET! From April 22-24 youth and adults will come together for teach-ins, musical performances, divestment campaign, and more. Sign up to participate online and then login on earth day!
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