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Earth Day Network is celebrating its 50th anniversary live

Earth Day Network is celebrating its 50th anniversary live. The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action, and the Earth Day Network (EDN) explains why this particular subject is in the spotlight.

“The enormous challenge – but also the vast opportunities – of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.”

“Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.”

The Earth Day Network is joining Hazon, The Jewish Lab for Sustainability, in a global campaign to Sound the Call for Climate Action.

Even with social distancing, people around the world can still unite and show support for climate action. 

To get involved, capture a short video of yourself ringing bells, blowing a shofar, or whatever tradition you choose. Create a social media post using the hashtags #SoundTheCall and #EarthDay2020, and tag your local faith institution and any national faith institution that you support.

You can also link your video to Earth Day Network’s global map by signing up on the climate action page. 

The Earth Day 50th anniversary live video feed will include appearances by Pope Francis, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, and many more exciting guests. You can tune in to watch Earth Day 2020 live here!


“For us, every day is Earth Day,” writes EDN. “If you feel the same, here are 46 tips to make a difference, every day of the year.”

EARTH DAY TIPS (for every day!):

  • Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to Protect Our Species.
  • Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to End Plastic Pollution.
  • Plant a tree or donate a tree through our Canopy Project.
  • Join Earth Day Network’s campaign to create Foodprints for the Future.
  • Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
  • Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
  • Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. 
  • Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. 
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. 
  • Change your car’s air filter regularly.
  • Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.
  • Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
  • Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
  • Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items.
  • Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
  • Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
  • Read documents online instead of printing them.
  • When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
  • Set your office printer to print two-sided.
  • Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
  • Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
  • Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.
  • Bring reusable bags when you shop.
  • Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
  • Organize ways to have healthy, locally-sourced food served in your school district.
  • Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
  • Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
  • Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.
  • Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
  • Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden – turning waste into fertilizer.
  • Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
  • Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.
  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
  • Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas.
  • Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry.
  • Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
  • Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.
  • Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones.
  • Turn off and unplug electronics at night, including your computer.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Install solar panels on your roof.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
  • Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
  • Lower the temperature on your water heater.
  • Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options.
  • Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
  • Recycle batteries from small appliances and your electronics. Use rechargeable batteries instead!


By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

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