Earth Day 2020

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celebrate virtually

On April 22, Baton Rouge’s 30th Earth Day celebration went virtual! Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Earth Day celebrations around the world are happening virtually and we’re doing the same here in our local community. As one of Mayor Broome’s primary areas of focus, environmental sustainability is a cause to which every resident of East Baton Rouge Parish can contribute. 

Follow along with our month-long celebration on Facebook and Twitter and take a look at the list of activities and lessons below to get involved — all of which you can do from the safety and comfort of your home. Be sure to check out this video about recycling and put your Recycling IQ to the test by taking this quiz

Remember to share your appreciation for our planet and show off any activities in which you are participating by using our special Earth Day social media hashtag, #BREarthDay2020!

Support our students

Students throughout East Baton Rouge participated in a poster design contest to bring awareness to the costly impacts to our sanitary sewer system when FOG (fats, oil, grease, flushable wipes, etc.) are improperly discarded in sinks and toilets. More than 60 entries have been narrowed down to the top three, but we need your help to choose a winner! Vote for your favorite (one vote per resident) by May 13, with winners to be announced later in May, by clicking here.

FIND INSPIRATION

  • Watch the global Earth Day 2020 celebration LIVE at earthday.org for fun performances, inspiring messages, and information on the importance of sustaining and preserving our planet.
  • Use the transformational power of storytelling to inspire and remind you that even in the midst of our greatest environmental challenges, we can make a difference. Here is a list of compiled books for future generation environmentalists here. For adults, check out these must-reads.
  • Get inspired by reading through examples of young environmentalists making a positive impact on our planet here.
  • Listen to 10 TEDWomen Talks over the years, which highlight grassroots and innovative ideas to safeguard our planet and make the world a better place for everyone here.
  • Get involved in the virtual arts community by painting a mural from the safety of your home via the A Stay-at-Home Mural Festival for our Planet.” Learn more here!

Take Action

  • Let’s clean up our planet by committing to safely and individually cleaning up our neighborhoods. Show us your progress by tracking your cleanup activities here!
  • Download the Earth Challenge 2020 app and help gather local data on air quality and plastic pollution.
  • Plastic pollution can create major problems for the health of our fellow citizens and ecosystem. Learn how you can help reduce the problem here.
  • Looking for constructive distractions while working from or staying at home? Click here to learn how to grow your own food in a modern day “victory garden.”
  • Learn about why composting is good for our environment and our gardens, and build your own compost bin or pile using this handy guide.

explore & connect

The COVID-19 pandemic can’t stop the arrival of spring! 

  • Enjoy sounds of the outdoors by tuning in to the songs of both our native birds as well as our migratory visitors this season. Check out Audubon Louisiana’s website here and see which ones you are able to identify at home!
  • Hop on two wheels and take in some of our Baton Rouge’s beautiful local scenery by exploring the many bike paths and trails our capitol has to offer using this helpful resource from Visit Baton Rouge.
  • Join the Earth Day Virtual Challenge, which is a worldwide run, walk, steps challenge where participants band together with a single goal in mind: complete the distance around the equator. That’s 24,901 miles within the month of April. Let’s crush this, Baton Rouge! Learn how here.
  • Explore premier content using the NASA Visualization Explorer app and observe the coolest ways to get stories of the Earth, sun, moon, planets and universe.