Earth Week and Spring Forward
Free April Break Earth Week Workshops!
After hosting our best series of workshops yet over February break, we are so excited to be offering more workshops this April break! We are especially excited as this also happens to be the week of Earth Day! So, if your child wants to learn about impactful topics in a fun way, consider signing them up for at least one of our four virtual workshops. We will be covering The Science Behind Climate Change, Climate Policy, Deforestation, and Oceans Rising. Our workshops are all taught virtually, which provides a safe experience that students can engage in no matter where they are from. To learn more, click this link and, when you are ready, click here to register for free!
History Behind Earth Day
Though most of us have celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd, whether by paying extra attention to recycling or attending an action, little know the history behind this environmental holiday. Several events in the 1960s, including the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and the Santa Barbara oil spill, sparked widespread concern about the environment. In 1970, these events finally culminated in Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin’s declaration that the first Earth Day would be on April 22. That day, 20 million Americans, nearly 1/10 of the US population of the time, were united by their common concern for the environment. Then, on the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, earth day went global. More than 200 million people in 141 countries celebrated Earth Day. It is now one of the most celebrated and important nonreligious holidays in the world!
Our Recommended Media
The True Cost documentary: This tell-all documentary looks into the brutal reality of the fast fashion industry and sheds some light on consumer culture that exists at the expense of both wage workers and the environment. Viewers will start to consider where their clothing comes from and the taxing impact that their decisions can have on the environment as well as individual lives.
No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference (Greta Thunberg): This book is a collection of speeches by the young environmental activist, Greta Thunberg, who has taken the world by storm in the last several years with her climate strikes and her bold calls to action. Although they may be short, the selected speeches delve into some complex topics that make the reader more carefully consider their impact and will leave them feeling inspired to get involved in the movement.
Hot Take Podcast: In Hot Take, Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt invite people into a bigger conversation about climate change, considering the issue’s intersectionality and attempting to address it more productively.