This year, Earth Day has gone virtual due to COVID-19. However, there are still plenty of ways to get involved and participate. We include some of those opportunities below.
The theme of Earth Day this year is climate action. For the higher education sector, climate action has been more than just an Earth Day theme; it’s been a daily focus for many years, and will remain as such for many years to come.
Colleges and universities remain committed to taking climate action, and creating climate solutions, even through this global pandemic. It is evident, based on the conversations we are having with all of you, the work you continue to do even while not on campus, and from all of the virtual Earth Day focused activities you have planned.
We wish that we could list them all here, but there are too many (which is a great problem to have!). So below you will find examples of Earth Day events focused specifically on climate. Please note that while we have listed some of these events below if you are reading this and you’re a student, a community member, an alum, and so on, please be sure to check out your college’s/university’s website for what virtual Earth Day activities they may be hosting.
April 18, 2020-April 24, 2020
Virtual Earth Week
The University of Miami is hosting a week full of Earth Day related activities beginning on Saturday, April 18, 2020. These activities include a Debris Free Ocean Zoom Workshop, A Zoom conversation re: what the effects of COVID-19 will be on how climate change is addressed, and more.
April 20, 2020
Virtual 2020 Earth Day Conference
A virtual conference called [email protected]: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet is being put on by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, on Monday, April 20, 2020.
April 20, 2020-April 24, 2020
Virtual Earth Day Celebration at CU Boulder
The University of Colorado Boulder has numerous virtual events that they are presenting, including a virtual town hall event with campus sustainability leaders.
April 21, 2020 (4PM EDT)
Boston University Online Earth Day 2020
Boston University Sustainability will be hosting online conversations about climate action, resilience, sustainability, and other similar topics.
April 22, 2020 (11AM EDT)
UB’s New Climate Action Plan Webinar
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the University of Buffalo Provost A. Scott Weber will be leading this webinar event along with other campus leaders.
April 22, 2020 (10:30AM ADT)
Climate Action Webinar
The Executive Director of the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability, will discuss the role of colleges and universities taking climate action at the institutional level.
April 22, 2020
Earth Day at 50 Teach-Out
The University of Michigan is offering a non-credit eligible course about what sustainability means, different themes of sustainability, and more. They are offering this course through two different online learning platforms.
April 22, 2020 or April 29, 2020
Secondary Education Energy and Climate Trainings
A free training being put on by Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) for pre-service teachers and faculty focused on “bringing climate science, energy auditing, and career skills curriculum to your classroom.” The training is being offered on Earth Day (April 22, 2020) and on April 29, 2020).
April 22, 2020 (5PM EDT)
Carbon Drawdown Now! Building to Combat the Climate Crisis
The R.W. Kern Center and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) are presenting an interactive webinar on Earth Day focused on “embodied carbon, systems thinking, and climate justice” with others.
April 22, 2020
Earth Talks 2020 Program
Seattle U’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability is hosting “Earth Talks”, which are short, five minute long presentations from students, faculty, and partners about sustainability, environmental justice, and more.
April 22, 2020
UW Earth Day 2020
The University of Washington College of the Environment’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and UW Sustainability have been and are continuing to put on numerous virtual Earth Day related events.
April 22, 2020 (4PM EDT)
Climate Change Cafe Webinar
The University of Connecticut Office of Sustainability is hosting a webinar focused on fellows sharing their perspectives on climate change with the UConn community. There will also be a discussion re: COP25.
April 23, 2020 (12PM EDT)
Solving the Pandemic and Climate Crises with a Just Transition
Several departments, offices, and programs at Tufts University are hosting a webinar focused on COVID-19 and climate change, in celebration of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary.
April 24, 2020 (12:30PM EDT)
Climate and Public Health Webinar
Being led by University of Massachusetts system students, a one-hour webinar that will focus on the overlap between public health and climate change. Once on the page, scroll to the bottom to find the webinar information.
Numerous Dates and Times
TRACS Virtual Earth Month Events
The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) has a very robust list of virtual Earth Day/Earth Month related activities on their website.