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Earth Day 2020: Climate Action

This year we've had to cancel our annual celebration at Wood Lake, our Adopt-A-Park group park clean-ups, and many other Earth Day events, but we will be sharing a whole host of activities and resources that you can use and do from the comfort of your own home or backyard! 

Spending more time at home can be a chance to try adopting new environmental habits. Being productive can help maintain a sense of normalcy and making successful changes can be a source of positivity. Do what you can, but also be kind to yourself.

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Friday, April 24th: TREES & CARBON

Resources:

  • Check out Tree Trust, an organization that teaches job skills to young people while reforesting the Twin Cities.
  • Did you know that more than 30,000 tree species (that's over half of all species!) each exist in a single country? More tree fun facts here!
  • Here are 30+ tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint – from minimal effort to huge changes, there’s something for everyone!

Activities:

  • Calculate your carbon footprint. How can you reduce your business-as-usual footprint? Extra challenge: calculate using your behaviors before COVID-19 and now. How big is the difference?
  • Shop local. Reduce the transportation emissions associated with your purchases, especially food.
  • Change your search engine to Ecosia – it’s as effective as others and you help plant trees by using it!

Earth Day Extra: Take a virtual tour of Yellowstone National Park and other national parks. The National Park Foundation also has virtual tours of historic sites, monuments, preserves, and more here!

 

Thursday, April 23rd: WATER

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Activities:

  • A common Earth Day activity: Do an outside clean-up on a smaller scale this year – like your own backyard or a walk around the block!
  • Take this online quiz before checking out hundreds of ways to easily lower the amount of water you use.
  • Adopt a storm drain! Storm drains flow directly into our lakes, rivers, and streams. Protect water quality and help prevent localized flooding by keeping storm drains clean of sediment, leaves, grass clippings, and litter.

Earth Day Extra: Watch a sustainability related documentary, like Before The Flood (free here). There are so many others available online, all about different topicscheck out these 15

 

Wednesday, April 22nd: ENERGY

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Earth Day Extra: Learn about the connections between the Climate Change & Coronavirus crises.

 

Tuesday, April 21st: WASTE

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Earth Day Extra: Make an upcycled craft (projects for all ages and skill levels) – coasters, wall décor, pillows, and more! 

 

Monday, April 20th: FOOD

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Earth Day Extra: Think Global, Act Local article: MN & Germany work together on sustainability efforts.