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Celebrate 50th Earth Day from home
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Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. Families are being urged to celebrate at home this year. Pictured is Mikah Mason, 9, in his favorite tree and the spot where he enjoys reading.

Wednesday, April 22 marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day. Unlike the first 49, this one will be celebrated at home. 

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, had a goal of raising awareness about mankind’s role in protecting our natural world. On that day, 20 million Americans ventured outdoors and protested in favor of a more eco-conscious society and protecting the planet. Earth Day quickly became recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

As a result of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, getting together this year as a community is not an option. However, that doesn’t mean families cannot celebrate Earth Day without wandering too far from home. 

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. 

Just a few ways to celebrate at home:

• Plant a tree.

• Create a terrarium.

• Build a fairy garden.

• Go on a field trip to the backyard.

• Craft a nature collage using leaves, flowers, pieces of bark, etc. 

• Education yourself about pollution.

• Watch a nature show.

• Pick up trash around you home or neighborhood.

• Begin a recycling program.

• Build a birdhouse.

• Make a pinecone and peanut butter bird feeder.

• Start a compost bin.

• Write down a pledge to change a negative habit to protect the Earth.

Climate action was selected for 2020 because climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.