3 Beautiful, Simple Ways To Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary From Home
As we combat the COVID-19 pandemic, we also fight against a big threat – climate change. This years them for Earth Day is “climate action”. On April 22nd 2020, we look at the enormous challenge and vast opportunities we have to take action and start making changes to our lives in order to ensure that our earth can thrive once more. In a piece for CNN, John D. Sutter highlighted that we are not moving very far from what Earth Day was 50 years ago and what it is now. He states;
In 1970, the key environmental problems were air pollution, pesticides and water pollution (the Cuyahoga River famously caught on fire in 1969).
In 2020, climate change, mass extinction, plastic pollution, and deforestation.
And just because we’re confined to our homes, does not mean that there is little we can do. There are always ways to make a change and these simple changes and activities can help us take our sustainability pledge one step further.
1. Enter the Earthly Art Contest for Climate Action by Think City
Calling all Malaysians and non-Malaysians! Think City is organising a visual art contest to allow creatives to express messages for the earth through art. Be it in the form of drawings, comics, paintings, videos, doodles, cards of memes – the contest accepts any form of visual art. Open to those under 18 and above 18, there will be 3 winners in each category. There can be two entries per person but submissions must be in JPEG format and cannot exceed 10MB.
Think City also has a week-long line up of webinars, film screenings, performances, virtual tours for you to enjoy for free!
2. Celebrate with NASA & Earth Day Live
There is so much to do with people from around the world as well! Let’s look at the options –
NASA has made Earth Day, “Earth Month” with #NASAatHome with monthlong broadcasts featuring environmental experts, Q&A sessions with astronauts and playlists of short videos from Earth Science experts. You’ll find even more options for activities created especially for Earth Day – videos, online games and mobile apps, social media events, and even Lego activities for #EarthDayAtHome.
In a 3-day live stream starting today until the 24th of April hosted by The U.S. Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition, dozens of celebrities, politicians, scientists, journalists and activists will be making an appearance. They include Al Gore, Amber Tamblyn, Chelsea Handler, Jameela Jamil, Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Secretary John Kerry, Mark Ruffalo, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
3. Shop sustainable brands online.
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As always, learning and change starts at home. Use this significant day to start changing the way you live at home in even the smallest of ways. While most people are aware and actively swapping out plastic bags when shopping with reusable bags, there are tonnes of other products that will benefit both you and the Earth more in the long run. Business like The Hive Bulk Foods allows you to practice zero waste shopping. They also have reusable pads, toothbrushes, earth-friendly soaps and skincare. Another option is to skip fast fashion and only shop thrift – you’d be surprised what gems you can find for a fraction of the price in retail stores – and you’d be doing the earth a massive favour!
Earth Day doesn’t just have to be a one day event – take this time we have at home to appreciate how much clearer our skies are. While Earth Day 2020 has chosen to go digital, the goal is the same – “take the most meaningful actions to make a difference”. Your change, no matter how small, will mean that much more in the long run. Sikit sikit, lama lama jadi bukit, right?