With Earth Day turning 50 this year, many organizations that had planned large signature events have moved online and made them accessible to all! Please consider participating in the following events and activities, which have been curated for the Willamette University community by the our Sustainability Institute.

April 1 - April 30

24 hours a day!

Organizations across the Willamette Valley have teamed up to bring you the Mid-Willamette Earth Challenge. Join our Mid-Willamette Earth Challenge Team by clicking the button below, create a profile and select actions you would like to accomplish throughout the month. Our team has created unique activities, resources and challenges to keep you busy while we're inside protecting our public health. Join our team or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get ideas for what you can do while you're home.

April 16th - April 26th

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With National Geographic, EarthX2020 convenes the world’s largest environmental expo, conference and film festival, and is a member of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature. Founded in 2011, the Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promotes environmental awareness and impact through conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration, and community-driven sustainable solutions. In 2019, the event drew over 177,000 attendees, 2,000 environmental business leaders, 700 exhibitors, 450 speakers, 63 films and 49 Eco-virtual reality experiences.

April 22nd

Register by 4/22 to watch through 4/23
Free Earth Day streaming of climate documentary 'Necessity', WU event

Take an hour from SSRD to watch an advance version of "Necessity: Oil, Water, and Climate Resistance," streaming free for Earth Day, April 22. Register by 4/22 and watch on 4/22 or 4/23. 

Incoming Cinema Studies co-chair Professor Frann Michel served as a producer of this documentary about climate activists and their legal trials.

The film traces the fight in Minnesota against the expansion of pipelines carrying highly toxic tar sands oil through Native lands and essential waterways in North America. It follows Indigenous leaders and nonindigenous allies using direct action to protect the sacred and demand justice.

April 20th - April 26th

The Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University are launching Earth Stanzas, an interactive poetry project in honor of Earth Day. Earth Stanzas draws on the inspiration of eight poets who engage the beauty, depth, and interconnectedness of the Earth, and invites readers to interact with the poems and find their own poetic voice.

April 20th

8:30am to 8:30pm CST

Earth Day@50: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s conference will set the stage for a convergence between the past and the present. We will highlight the confluence between the traditional conservation and restoration of the planet and new, ecological innovations taking place in areas such as genetics and engineering. We will discuss how we can leverage the best aspects of the past environmental movements while incorporating an increased sense of social justice. And, perhaps most importantly, we will honor those with wisdom of the natural world, while exploring new lessons that can help us all to be better environmental citizens. Join us as we work together to craft a future filled with hope, positivity, and intentionality.

April 20th - April 26th

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One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. We showcase top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films and lead audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions. Register for one or more FREE screenings, watch a film in community online, then discuss with experts via live chat on Zoom. One Earth Film Festival is a production of Green Community Connections.

April 20th - April 26th

This Earth Day, let the planet inspire both you and your family. Find fun activities that can encourage your kids to be creative and explore the world while at home.

April 21st & April 22nd

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Harvard Business School EarthFest2020, Global

The Harvard Business School is hosting two free talks on April 21st and April 22nd:

Beehives & Business: Why Sustainability Leaders are Brining Beehives to Work

The Future of Food: Helping the World one Bite at a Time

April 17th - April 30th

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The Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability (TRACS) is a network of faculty members, students and sustainability professionals supporting higher education in Texas by implementing climate change and sustainability solutions across campus operations, academic curriculum and off-campus fields of influence. 

April 20th - April 23rd

24 hours a day!
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States, BBC AMERICA will air a 24-hours per day, four-day event showcasing the very best nature programming television has to offer, including all Planet Earth, Blue Planet II and more. NOTE: Appears to require cable TV service to view!

April 21st - April 22nd

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From COVID’s impacts to world-renowned rainforest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni, the Gund Institute for Environment will host a series of thought-provoking, interactive events for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

April 22nd

11am-noon & 2pm-3:15pm
Earth Talks is a virtual event of short 5-minute presentations by faculty, students, and community partners about environmental justice and sustainability research, service and activism, and will kick-off with a special interview with Denis Hayes who organized the first Earth Day in 1970.

April 22nd - April 24th

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From April 22 to April 24, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists will come together for an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization. The fights against the coronavirus and the climate crisis go hand-in-hand, and as we work to flatten the curve of this pandemic, we must strive toward the longer term goal of building a society rooted in sustainability and justice. Organized by the US Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition, who together are made up of over 500 organizations.

April 22nd

All day
On April 22nd, the Green Sports Alliance is presenting the top 50 digital resources in Sport Ecology for sport sustainability professionals, academics, students, and fans. Curated from some of the most cutting-edge organizations and thought leaders, each resource is FREE and will be available for 30 days.

April 22nd

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The U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network invites you to join our networks around the world, around the clock for a 24-hour webinar event, Happiness & Sustainability Around the Earth, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day anniversary, Wednesday, April 22. During this 24-hour webinar, we will circumnavigate the globe to navigate happiness, well-being, and sustainability amongst COVID-19. 
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