Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. You can still celebrate its 50th anniversary with fun activities.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since the first Earth Day. It’s even harder to believe that we’ll all be celebrating at a social distance this year. Luckily, there are all sorts of activities, shows, and projects we can do right from our own backyard (or living room, kitchen, dining room, etc., etc.).

Created to raise awareness about protecting our planet, the first Earth Day led to the passage of environmental laws such as the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.

Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, said in a news release,

"Amid the recent outbreak, we encourage people to rise up but to do so safely and responsibly – in many cases, that means using our voices to drive action online rather than in person.”

Earth Day Network

The Earth Day Network is holding a live digital event that features celebrities, activists, and politicians such as Zac Efron, John Kerry, and Al Gore. The 15-hour live-stream event airs from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ET).

Earth Day Network suggests creating posters, playing a trivia game, or watching a film or online documentary. Share your creations and discoveries with #EarthDayNetwork.

Earth Day at Home with NASA

NASA always plays a big part in Earth Day activities and education. Check out NASA’s online collection of quizzes, videos, coloring pages, and other activities. There are downloadable posters from past Earth Days, videos from explorations, and photo essays of satellite images that portray the beauty of the Earth from above. Use #Earthdayathome to share your creations and discoveries with your social (at a distance) circle.

National Geographic

Courtesy: National Geographic Facebook

National Geographic is hosting (socially distant, of course) neighborhood safaris. Create sidewalk chalk art or original drawings, or print coloring pages. Hang these colorful creations on your door, windows, mailboxes, or other easily seen places for the neighborhood to enjoy. Encourage your neighbors to do the same, then take a walk to see everybody’s unique collections. Use #NatGeoEarthDayAtHome to share your art with the world wide web.

Disney+

If you have Disney’s streaming service, you have a whole world of Earth Day movies at your fingertips. Choose from titles like Deep Blue, Kingdom of the White Wolf, and Into the Grand Canyon as well as the nature series that includes Penguins, Elephant, and Dolphin Reef titles. Additionally, you’ll have access to a wide variety of National Geographic movies and science shows that include The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Expedition Mars, and Into the Okavango.

One Earth Film Fest

Watch films on agriculture, food waste, cycling, and more via the Earth Day Virtual Mini Film Fest. You can register for free films and participate in online discussions. There’s a different film for every day of the week.

Earth Day Home and Neighborhood Projects

  • Set up a recycling bin for paper, glass, and recyclable plastic
  • Go through that recycling bin to find materials for craft projects such as cereal box puppet theaters, tin can wind chimes, and milk carton bird feeders
  • Replace light bulbs with CFL or LED lights
  • Make a compost bin to dispose of household waste and fertilize your plants and gardens
  • Grab some gloves and a trash bag and take a walk around the neighborhood to pick up litter

Do you have plans for Earth Day 2020? Let us know in the comments.