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Here are some ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day from home

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
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April 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

The 50th Earth Day is tomorrow and it will be the first time the event as taken place during a pandemic.

As a result, many of the rallies and events planned for Earth Day tomorrow, April 21, have been cancelled. But fear not, there are ways you can celebrate from the safety of self isolation.

The Greater Vernon Museum & Archives is launching a social media campaign that highlights the impact of climate change and environmental alteration in the Okanagan.

From April 19 to 25 they are publishing a series of written posts addressing the affects on orchards, cattle, irrigation, hunting and fishing. They also provide suggestions for what the public can do to address the environmental issues brought to light.

To follow the posts, visit the Greater Vernon Museum & Archives Facebook page here.

The B.C. Sustainable Energy Association is hosting a free webinar on Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy for Homes and Communities. The webinar airs April 23 from 12 to 1 p.m.

It features speakers Grant Moonie, residential senior energy efficiency coordinator with the province's Energy Efficiency Branch and Nairn Albrecht, senior policy analyst with the Community Clean Energy Branch.

To register click here.

NASA has created an Earth Day 50th Anniversary tool kit to compliment their Earth Day at Home collection. These resources feature online quizzes, educational videos, games, interactive maps and graphics, and a collection of satellite images.  

At 12 p.m. on April 22 “NASA Science Live” will air a special edition featuring a discussion about Earth science with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The video will also showcase the ways in which NASA technology is helping the planet — from mapping coral reefs, the newest electric airplane and how technology developed for space is used on Earth.

You can also check out other NASA videos here on its YouTube channel.

The Earth Day Network is hosting a live 15 hour digital event on April 22. 

The livestream will feature politicians, celebrities and activists like Zac Effron, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Vice President Al Gore.

Kamloops School District No. 73 has released a list of 10 Earth Day at-home resources for parents and kids. The list includes book recommendations, Earth Day activities and links to environmental movies.

If you want to take a break from your computer, the Earth Day Network has launched its 24-hours of Action campaign with a list of activities to do from home. Some suggestions include making a plant-based meal or cleaning up trash in your community (of course with social distancing in mind).

To view the full list, click here.

You can also get out in your own backyard and remove invasive plants, as outlined by The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society. It has an online resource which helps gardeners identify invasive species in their region, what effect they have on the ecosystem and how to safely remove them.

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