April 22nd each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This date started coast-to-coast rallies for people of all ages and led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts. For the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990, a group of environmental leaders brought Earth Day to the world, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting the status of environmental issues on to the world stage.  For 2000, Earth Day had the Internet to help link activists around the world. That year, 5,000 environmental groups around the world were on board, reaching out to hundreds of millions of people in a record 184 countries.

For this year’s 50th ANNIVERSARY of EARTH DAY, there were lots and lots of celebrations planned, all of which have been canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  However, the stay-at-home recommendations make it much easier for students to get outdoors with their families and connect with nature; make connections between their own, local actions and our cumulative human impact on the Earth; and consider ways we can reduce our own impacts on the planet. 

Kim Collins, NHS Science & Research teacher, has put together a 2-page Earth Day Brochure filled with suggested activities designed to help connect our students with our environment while observing social distancing.  All the resources are linked to easy to access activities, step-by-step lessons, and materials;  all of which are free and available to everyone to use and enjoy!
 
Happy Earth Day 2020!  We wish you and your families and friends continued safety and health during these extraordinary times.

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