elebrate #EarthDayatHome this year with simple activities and online resources

Even though we’re keeping our distance due to COVID-19, we can celebrate #EarthDayatHome this year with simple activities and online resources. 

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th year of celebrating Earth Day. Here are some activities you can do at home to connect with nature and celebrate our environment:

  • learn about nature with your smart phone and Seek – Seek uses image recognition technology to help you identify the plants and animals around you;
  • learn about the birds in your backyard with Birds Canada’s Regional ID Guides;
  • if you’re already a pro at identifying all of the nature around you, share your observations as a Citizen Scientist with iNaturalist and eBird and contribute to scientific data repositories around the world;
  • colour scenes of BC’s coast and wildlife thanks to Bowen Island Artist Di;
  • explore your favorite habitat at Explore.org, the world’s largest collection of live nature cam footage;
  • check out these digital Earth Day events available online; and
  • plan your garden or balcony planters with the City of Port Moody’s Preferred Plant List and Metro Vancouver’s Grow Green Guide (both resources will help you select the most appropriate native plants for our area – plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife and are adapted to our local climate, soils, predators, pollinators, and diseases). 

Each year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the natural world and our commitment to protecting the planet. Earth Day Canada invites everyone to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and every day by changing our habits for a brighter future.