Each April, NKU hosts Earth Week with a range of different activities. While we are not able to celebrate in person this year, we can still come together and participate virtually to celebrate our beautiful planet.
Want to learn more about the history of Earth Day? Visit EarthDay.org.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall
The earth is what we all have in common. - Wendell Berry
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! While NKU is unable to host on-campus events this year, we are still advocating environmental awareness through the promotion of local, national, and international online events during Earth Week. Check out the list below for fun and interesting things to do this week. Some events require registration but all are free of charge. We hope you’re able to attend a few events and celebrate Earth Week and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
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Live sessions offered at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm EST. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
"This online community event will feature a range of live and prerecorded educational sessions throughout the day as well as opportunities for live engagement."
Visit their website for more details
7 - 8 PM, EST
"This popular 1 hour seminar focuses on the basics of backyard composting. Participants learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable, and some troubleshooting."
Starts April 20 and runs for 4 sessions (Apr 21, Jun 15 & 16)
Hosted by the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District
4:30 - 6 PM, EST
"Join the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The public is welcome to join Stanford students, staff and faculty as we gather online to hear reflections on how far we have come since the first Earth Day in 1970 and what the next 50 years may hold for the future of the Earth. The program will include a panel discussion featuring Stanford alumni working at the intersections of energy, sustainability and the environment. These emerging leaders share their perspectives on progress made and what governments, companies, academics and private citizens can do to give the planet and people living on it the best hope for a bright and sustainable future."
Register for this online event HERE
12 pm EST, register free HERE
"Join the Tufts Recycling Team and our friend Gretchen from Republic Services for an interactive, all-purpose Recycling Town Hall! How has COVID-19 effected the recycling industry? Will recycling and waste companies come back from this? What has been misrepresented in the media about waste? After a discussion about COVID-19 and recycling, we will talk about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle from home--and why it's still important!"
6:30 PM EST, Hosted by Hamilton County Recycling and Solide Waste District
Interested in taking your home's waste reduction to the next level? Hamilton County Recycling and Solide Waste District is partnering with Zero Waste Blogger and Founder of Simply Zero (a shop for low impact or zero waste products), Rachel Felous, to talk all
things zero waste and low impact lifestyle. You'll have the chance to ask Rachel Felous all of your zero waste questions and virtually connect with other curious community members.
6 - 7:30 EST, Hosted by CropMobster Exchange
"Whether you’re a farmer or home gardener, extension professional or local food organization, chef, food bank, or citizen we are confident that you and your community can benefit. Learn the benefits and impacts to individuals, organizations and communities. Gain practical information to activate your region’s community exchange Hear from experts, community leaders and farmers successfully using this approach. Gather inspiring stories of local community impact."
3:30 - 5 PM EST
The discussion will feature regional and state sustainability leaders,
including Stanford experts, who will connect the dots on this complex
issue and help inspire action in our communities.
9 AM - 5 PM EST, Hosted by Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition
"Please check in to learn about all the cool and creative ways environmental organizations around the globe are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. GCEC will be sharing some ways we are sustaining hope through this crisis and inviting all of you to join us on social media."
Visit this website for more information
"Join us for three days of action — from teach-ins, musical performances, divestment, and more. All you need is an internet connection."
Learn more and sign up HERE
10 AM EST, Hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County
"Great Parks staff will plant 10 native trees of five different varieties as part of an ongoing reforestation project at Sharon Woods, while practicing social distancing."
Watch live on Facebook
"In lieu of Party for the Planet, our annual Earth Day Celebration at the Zoo, we will be providing a virtual resource to allow families to celebrate this important day, but from the comfort and safety of their own homes. We will be partnering with other, local conservation and sustainability focused organizations to create hands-on activities and learning opportunities, while highlighting the awesome work that Cincinnati organizations are doing to better our planet. Earth Day is about coming together for our environment, and while we can’t do this physically this year, we are excited to continue with our partnerships and to bring Earth Day to you."
More info HERE
Join experts from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) global network as they share how they are building a happier world.
Visit the website and register HERE
Join Exploratorium for a virtual earth day celebration from 4-5:30 PM, EST.
Hosted by Ohio River Guardians
"Let’s celebrate our kinship with the world and let warmth and compassion be our currency. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are asking our friends and neighbors to give something back."
Learn more on their Facebook Event page
Suitable for highschool students and up, 1 hour and 35 minutes long. 2 pm EST & PST.
"The Story of Plastic is a seething expose uncovering the ugly truth behind the current global plastic pollution crisis. Striking footage shot over three continents illustrates the ongoing catastrophe: fields full of garbage, veritable mountains of trash; rivers and seas clogged with waste; and skies choked with the poisonous runoff from plastic production and recycling processes with no end in sight. Original animations, interviews with experts and activists, and never-before-filmed scenes reveal the disastrous consequences of the flood of plastic smothering ecosystems and poisoning communities around the world – and the global movement rising up in response."
Visit the Beyond Plastics website to see more film options during their Plastic Pollution Virtual Film Series.
Virtual Earth Day events fun for all ages!
"Join Rochelle Owen, Executive Director of the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability to talk about climate action at the institutional level."
1-2 pm, EST register for the free webinar HERE
"In honor of Earth Day, Tom Szaky, CEO at TerraCycle and Loop will join us to talk about his efforts to save the planet from waste and inspire us all to make a difference."
4-5:30 pm EST, register free HERE
"Join us for this virtual Earth Day panel, moderated by Natalie Kindred, HBS Senior Researcher and Manager for the Agribusiness Program. Hear from Philip Behn, CEO of Imperfect Foods and Rebekah Moses, Head of Impact Strategy from Impossible Foods, as they discuss how their organizations are approaching environmental challenges such as food waste and climate change along with their thoughts on the future of the industry and opportunities for innovation. They will also share insights how their businesses are managing the COVID crisis."
9 - 11 am, EST. Free to attend but must register.
"Please virtually join USGBC on April 23rd, for an engaging event featuring an address from USGBC's President & CEO, Mahesh Ramanujam. This Executive Meeting is an opportunity to hear about Mahesh's vision for the future of USGBC. Attendees will learn about the latest version of LEED, how to harness the power of performance data and recertification, understand the impact of LEED Zero, and how to engage with USGBC’s Living Standard campaign which provides an important storytelling platform for creating a better world. The meeting will offer a presentation and then Q&A, emphasizing an open dialogue between Mahesh and the attendees."
12 pm EST, register for free HERE
"Join the Tufts Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, the Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with a special edition of the Hoch Cunningham Environmental Lecture Series."
5:30 PM EST
Dave Matthews will perform as part of Earth Day Live, a three day event that starts April 22.
RSVP and watch HERE
Sign up on Facebook for 2-3 pm, EST zoom session
Another fantastic event for kids and the whole family! Join the Tufts Eco-Rep for an hour long zoom session to learn about fun crafting ideas.
Great for teens! 10 am, EST - Details HERE
"Adventure Crew is kicking off our new Adventure in Place program! CREW teens, and anyone else who follows us on social media, will hear directly from our Program Managers, Clint Victor and Paige Young, as they video introduce our first Adventure in Place challenge. In keeping with our traditional weekend programming, you can expect to see a new nature challenge for our CREW every Saturday."
1 - 4 PM EST, hosted by Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)
"Please join Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Not all of us are able to focus on climate change right now. But for those who can, we’ll hear from climate leaders, learn about quick actions we can take to help climate change, and get trained. You can attend this virtual Earth Day event from home."
See the full agenda and register HERE
"Green Energy Ohio has put together the following list of 50 ways to honor Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary. We’ve included ways to celebrate right from your home, with digital experiences and activities that keep social distancing in mind."
View GEO's 50 Ways list
Free but requires registration.
Earth Day Week is a collaboration between Earth Day Network, Exponential Roadmap and We Don’t Have Time. Together we will broadcast daily live talks, solutions, and events from Washington, DC, Stockholm, and other locations.
Monday - Finance
Tuesday - Circular economy and consumption
Wednesday - Big ideas and education
Thursday - Food and agriculture
Friday - Local government, city development and transportation
Saturday - Climate Hackathon
Legends of Learning - Great for keeping the kids entertained (and learning)!
Every day at 3 pm the Cincinnati Zoo offers a livestream showcasing different animals at the zoo. Learn more and check out past videos on their website.
Great Parks of Hamilton Ohio is offering a Parks at Home series daily at 10 am. This is a great activity for the kiddo's! Check out their website for more information.
Find national and international events taking place for earth day on EarthDay.org.
Free, online, self-paced course offered by the University of Michigan.
"50 years later, you are invited to this “Teach-Out” to engage in an intergenerational and interdisciplinary conversion about what sustainability means across different sectors, disciplines, and lived experiences. You will explore themes including global sustainability efforts, climate change, environmental justice, and more, to inspire you to take action on Earth Day and beyond. Together, we will collectively develop visions for a sustainable, just, and peaceful world."
More information HERE
Green Umbrella is the tri-state's regional sustainability alliance and offers events and helpful information and resources throughout the year. Consider becoming a member and supporting this non-profit sustainability organization and/or sign up for their Green News newsletter.
For Earth Week in 2018, we will continue to encourage healthy and sustainable
living through activities such as the Earth Day of Service tree planting, Glen
Helen hik, Monday Mile walk, staff/faculty supply swap, sustainability themed
cycling class, FUSE meeting, Six@Six Threading the Ocean: Sustainable Fashion,
thrift shop, community garden clean-up, and our #stopfoodwasteday.
During Earth Week 2017, the university saw the release of its 2017 Sustainability Strategy. The strategy is a guiding document for the next five years that will help the university keep track of current sustainability initiatives, introduce new strategies to reflect the needs and strengths of the institution, and guide us in our efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Click here to view details of the 2017 celebrations!
During Earth Week 2016, we celebrated the release of one of our alternative transportation programs, the Gotcha! Bike Share program. The program has been very succesful and many students have enjoyed using bikes for recreation and alternative transportation around campus and the local community.
Click here to view details on the 2016 celebrations!