While in-person Earth Day programming has been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are a number of online engagement opportunities coming up this month. These opportunities enable higher education institutions to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in a way that protects the health and safety of participants and their communities:

April 1 – April 30: Earth Day Ecochallenge

Earth Day Ecochallenge is a 30-day environmental and social engagement program happening from April 1-30. Participants select actions to take that align with their values and make a 30-day commitment to complete those actions while reinforcing more sustainable habits.

April 1 – April 30: Turning Green Classroom

Turning Green Classroom is an interactive web-based platform to inform and inspire students with a 30-day lesson plan with simple, fun, impactful opportunities to dive into and champion eco and health-conscious activities.

April 7: Solve Climate by 2030 Virtual Teach-ins on Climate Solutions and Justice

Tune into one 52 simultaneous, university-hosted statewide webinars focused on how ambitious state and local action can put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030. Faculty in any discipline can access teachers’ guides for facilitating online conversations about these webinars.

April 22: EarthRise Digital Earth Day 

Earth Day Network is coordinating a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, EARTHRISE will include global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

April 22: 24-Hour Webinar on Happiness & Sustainability Around the Earth

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network is hosting a 24-hour webinar event on Earth Day to explore the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of well-being and happiness.

Various Dates – Sunrise School

Sunrise Movement is hosting a series of short online educational programs focused on the Green New Deal, Movement Building, Organizing During the Coronavirus, and more.

Earth Stanzas: Hosted by The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University
The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University are launching Earth Stanzas, an interactive poetry project in honor of Earth Day. Earth Stanzas draws on the inspiration of eight poets who engage the beauty, depth, and interconnectedness of the Earth, and invites readers to interact with the poems and find their own poetic voice.