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Earth Day goes big & virtual for its 50th

Earth Day 2020 will be bigger than ever on its 50th anniversary this year, offering participants the rare opportunity to join events around the world as it all goes virtual in response to COVID-19.

Here’s how you can participate. Earth Day will be live, interactive events in Kansas City and worldwide so participants can safely attend from home for the week surrounding Earth Day, April 22. Find thousands of virtual events, film screenings, kid’s activities and celebrations at Earth Day 2020. Since events are all virtual, you can participate well beyond your city, state or country’s activities.

On the first Earth Day in 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin inspired more than 20-million Americans (10 percent of the population at the time) to gather at “teach-ins,” rallies and protests to demand cleaner air and water. Those efforts launched the modern environmental movement that led to the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act.

From Kansas City, here are events that range from climate action to a healing Buddhist meditation for the planet. Click on the links to find more information and instructions on how to participate. All events are free. If you would like to include an event, please provide information using Submit an Event.

Thursday, April 16

6:30 p.m.         Faiths’ Call for Climate Action, GKC Interfaith Council


Saturday, April 18

11 a.m.            Climate Speakers Forum, mayors and climate activists

1 p.m.              Ecological Angst: Building Resilience, The Resilient Activist

2 p.m.              Climate Change & Social Equity, Hope Faith

3 p.m.              From Waste to Justice, KC Can Compost

4 p.m.              Conscious Activism, Temple Buddhist Center

5 p.m.              Climate Action Plan & Playbook, Climate Action KC

6 p.m.              The Alchemy of Compost, Missouri Organic Recycling

7 p.m.              Project Drawdown Actions in KC, KC Drawdown Society


Sunday, April 19

12:30 p.m.       Heart & Soil, Cinema KC & TBC film series

3 p.m.              Good Grief Support Circle Demonstration, The Resilient Activist

4 p.m.              The Case for Carbon Fee & Dividend, Citizens Climate Lobby KC

5 p.m.              COVID-19:  Climate Change & Pandemics, Climate Council

6 p.m.              Soil Plants Water & Climate Resilience, Mad Hatter Compost Tea

7 p.m.              Chanting to Heal the Planet, Temple Buddhist Center


Monday, April 20

7 p.m.              Sustainable Living, Climate Council


Tuesday, April 21

6 p.m.              Climate Concert, David Hakan music

7 p.m.              Sustainable Energy, Climate Council


Wednesday, April 22 Earth Day

11 a.m.            Meditation to Heal the Planet, Temple Buddhist Center

3 p.m.              Building A Home Forest, Unity Temple & TGT, Tree Give-Away

6 p.m.              The Fight for our Future, American Public Square, signature event

7:30 p.m.         Sustainable Food, Climate Council


Thursday, April 23

6 p.m.              Rockin’ Environmental Music, Stan Slaughter & Friends, music

7 p.m.              Sustainable Mobility, Climate Council


Friday, April 24

6 p.m.              H E L L O | Again, AY-MusiK, music

7 p.m.              Sustainable Fashion, Climate Council


Sunday, April 26

1 p.m.              Sustainable Living, Climate Council

2 p.m.              Sustainable Energy, Climate Council

3 p.m.              Sustainable Food, Climate Council

4 p.m.              Sustainable Mobility, Climate Council

5 p.m.              Sustainable Fashion, Climate Council

7 p.m.              Climate Festival Party, Climate Council, Virtual party



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