Celebrate Fifty Years of Earth Day Online

Kenneth Hamblin III
Earth Day started in 1970, and this year it goes online.
For five decades, Earth Day has been a chance for people of all ages to renew their commitment to the planet, attending lectures, gathering in parks and demonstrating in the streets. But on April 22, the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, most events moved inside, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

That's a big change from the action that had been anticipated earlier this year for the big anniversary, but it also means there are still ways to continue celebrating Earth Day across the Front Range — from the comfort of your own back yard. Here are just some of them:

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The discussion about the fate of the planet doesn't stop.
Kenneth Hamblin III
Earth Week
Through April 25

The Alliance Center is offering a cornucopia of workshops, celebrations, screenings and resources throughout Earth Week. There will be documentaries about waste diversion, political calls to action, conversations about climate change, discussions about food systems and agriculture, arts and culture activities, crafts, cooking projects and more. Head to the Alliance Center website for a day-by-day breakdown of both entertaining and educational opportunities.

Climate Action Community Conversation
Through April 30

Denver Climate Action, Sustainability and Resilience will host eleven days of community conversations with the public, elected officials and the Denver Climate Action Task Force, where you can weigh in on the future of climate action in the city. The city's promise: Bold action. The reality? What we make it. Share your opinions on denverclimateaction.

Virtual South Platte Stewardship Event
Through May 2

The Greenway Foundation, in partnership with ECI Site Construction Management Inc. and the Colorado Nature Conservancy, are hosting the first ever Virtual South Platte Stewardship Event to honor Earth Day, two weeks of cleaning up your local neighborhood by properly disposing of trash — and preventing it from ending up in one of Denver's 22,000 storm drains, all of which connect to the South Platte. Get the details here.

Do you know of more Earth Day activities? Send information to [email protected]