50th Earth Day - Act For Our Earth Challenge

April 22, 2020 was the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day. PennFuture and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania had planned many events to commemorate the momentous anniversary. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans to rest. In response, we organized a virtual Act For Our Earth Challenge. Participants that signed up for the challenge received one meaningful action in their inbox for each day in April. Most actions only took ten minutes or less, while more involved actions included educational webinars or films. If you missed any of our actions, they are all listed below. 

Day 1 - Fight back against EPA rollbacks

Day 2 - Register to Vote!

Day 3 - Sign our thank you message to Gov. Wolf

Day 4 - Ask Your Legislator to #ActOnClimate

Day 5 - Check out our environmental book recommendations

  • Check out great environmental books like The Overstory by Richard Power, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg, and for the kids check out Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker (author) and Zoe Persico (illustrator). Email your thoughts and suggestions to dinicola@pennfuture.org.

Day 6 - Post a Pic of Your Favorite Park!

  • Show your appreciation for our natural spaces by sharing a photo of your favorite park, nature spot, or outdoor area in Pennsylvania. Tag your photo on social media with #ActForOurEarthPA. Or email your photos to info@conservationpa.org.

Day 7 - Watch the “Solve Climate by 2030” Virtual Teach-In

  • The recording and slides for this presentation can be found here

Day 8 - Who motivates you to act for the Earth?

Day 9 - Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Correctly

  • Learn more about the waste hierarchy and the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle by looking at a resource like this. Email mehrazar@pennfuture.org if you have any questions. 

Day 10 - Urge Senator Toomey to protect nature

Day 11 - Boost awareness about Earth Day by writing a letter to the editor

  • Take the time to write a letter to your local newspaper about why environmentalism is important to you. Email mehrazar@pennfuture.org if you have any questions. 

Day 12 - Calculate your plastic use

Day 13 - Watch a conversation with Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania Executive Director Josh McNeil

Day 14 - Sign the 30x30 Nature Petition

Day 15 - Make an Earth-inspired Piece of Art

  • Spark your creativity while connecting with the "Earth" around you. One great way is by following the activity in Sarah Urist Green’s new book, You are an Artist – Assignments to Spark Creation. Share your creation on social media or email dinicola@pennfuture.org

Day 16 - Share one thing you do or want to try to live more sustainably!

Day 17 - Watch the Celebrate Clean Water webinar!

  • Guests included Secretary Cindy Dunn of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Executive Director Collin O’Mara of the National Wildlife Federation and more. You can watch the webinar here. 

Day 18 - Invite Three Friends to Join Us!

  • Be sure to encourage friends to join PennFuture and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, so that they can stay informed of the latest environmental developments in Pennsylvania. (And follow us on your favorite social media site!) 

Day 19 - Watch Our Volunteer Advocacy Webinar

  • We held an informational overview of various ways you can get involved in environmental advocacy. You can watch the webinar here and download the PowerPoint presentation here

Day 20 – Watch the Youth Climate Strikes

Day 21 – Watch an Earth Day conversation with PennFuture’s President and C.E.O. Jacquelin Bonomo

Day 22 – Call Your State Legislators

Day 23 – Watch Plastic Wars

  • You can view the PBS Frontline/NPR documentary here

Day 24 – Commit to environmental justice

Day 25 – *Safely* clean up outdoors

  • Head outside with protective gear to clean up the area around your house, local trail, or while on a walk. Post a pic online with #ActForOurEarthPA!

Day 26 – Sign up to vote by mail

Day 27 – Identify environmental justice communities in your area

Day 28 – Check out our run for office webinar

Day 29 – Give sustainably

Day 30 - Celebrate the conclusion of Earth Month

  • We gathered to have a celebratory happy hour and to thank you for all of your actions. Please email Jess Cadorette, PennFuture's Field Director (cadorette@pennfuture.org) with any additional comments or suggestions.