Earth Day 2020, the event’s 50th anniversary, will be an unusual one. But in the midst of a crisis, the day drives home why our wild backyard is so important.
After all, when we’re all cooped up at home and avoiding gathering in large groups, a quick escape to an expansive, wild world is more welcome than ever. Wilderness helps put minds at ease. It reminds us that even as challenges of the moment test us, there’s a bigger world out that’s been around a lot longer than us.
While Earth Day 2020 won’t feature the gatherings and special events we’re accustomed to, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the day. The first, and maybe the most obvious, route is to simply get out of the house and into nature. Hiking is a great, social-distancing-friendly activity with proven benefits for both physical and mental health.
Another fun idea is to check out what your favorite conservation groups or government agencies are up to on Earth Day. Many organizations are offering webinars, conferences and educational events, just what you need to celebrate Earth Day from the comfort of your own home. NASA, for instance, is planning #EarthDayAtHome, a series of internet events perfect for Earth fans of all ages.
It’s never a bad idea to show a little love for the environment, but Earth Day is an especially good time. Getting out to pick up litter, plant trees or engage in other Earth-friendly activities is a great way to make a difference in the long run.
Fifty years later from the debut 1970 Earth Day, it’s clearer than ever why we need to celebrate our planet. We have one home, and it’s our job to take care of it.