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Earth Day 2020

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Earth Day 2020 

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, the City of Albany is partnering with The Watershed Project to bring Earth Day and Earth Week celebrations online, so that we can celebrate our planet safely.  

Although we are celebrating under different circumstances this year, Earth Day 2020 is still a day for celebration, reflection, and action. The County Shelter-In-Place Order has caused many of us to change our daily lifestyles and spend more time indoors in recent weeks. While this presents many challenges, it also provides opportunity to reflect, change, and commit to long-lasting habits. It is an opportunity to think about how we can connect and care for one another, care for our planet, and create a brighter future for us all once COVID-19 passes. Doing our part now to stay inside to protect ourselves and our community at large means we can learn how to move forward toward a healthy future – for us and for the planet. 

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Please continue to check this page for additional resources and online activities.

Read our Earth Day Special Edition eNewsletter here. 

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with Online Activities! 

The Watershed Project 

The Watershed Project has a variety of activities and resources available for the Albany community, including gardening tips, information about the natural world around us, and even an Earth Day Art Contest! 

The Alameda County Clean Water Program 

The Alameda County Clean Water Program provides coloring pages for kids, and printable activity books for K-6th grade. Download the Bee-At-Home Activity Kit and stage your own “Spelling BEE”, play the “BEE-lieve it or Not” quiz game or “BEE-dazzle” a flowerpot—all fun ways of appreciating what bees do for us! These resources and more on the Alameda County Clean Water Program website.  

East Bay Regional Parks

Although many parks facilities are closed for the time being, you can still access the excitement of the outdoors with East Bay Regional Parks’ Digital Learning Resources. Learn about the pond critters of Tilden Regional Park,  the anatomy of a flower, or facts about the beloved banana slug.  

The Exploratorium 

The Exploratorium is hosting a virtual Earth Day celebration from 1:00pm-2:30pm, and has activities available on its website for at-home Earth Day celebrations.  

Friends of 5 Creeks 

Friends of Five Creeks (F5C) put together information and links on some of the many ways we can connect with the natural world while we shelter-in-place. Take a look at these resources, including tips for environmental activism and appreciation at home, at fivecreeks.org

NASA

As the world observes the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, NASA is highlighting the agency’s many contributions to sustaining and improving our home planet’s environment with a week of online events, stories, and resources

The Earth Day Network 

The Earth Day Network is a nonprofit organization with a mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. The Earth Day Network website offers a wide array of educational materials and activities for Earth Day 2020

Check us out on social media! 

#EarthDayAlbanyCA

We'll continue to post Earth Week and Earth Day content on our social media channels throughout the week.

Twitter: @cityofalbanyca 

How are you celebrating the Earth this week? Post your Earth Week and Earth Day activities on social media, and use the hashtag #EarthDayAlbanyCA

The theme of Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action.   

Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is causing the steady increase in global temperature, and that burning fossil fuels is the primary cause of this warming trend. Climate change is already leading to large-scale problems including ocean acidification and rising sea levels, more frequent and extreme weather events, more frequent and intense wildfires, and disrupted ecosystems. Many of these impacts are already being felt in the Bay Area region, including rising sea levels, reduced snowpack in the Sierras, and extreme weather. These impacts carry real social and economic costs. To avoid these climate impacts, it is imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.  

Responding to climate change involves two approaches:  

Mitigation: Preventing climate change through reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (such as burning of fossil fuels for energy and transportation) and increasing carbon “sinks” (oceans, forests, and soil) to store these gases.  

Adaptation: Managing the impact of climate change by protecting vulnerable social and biological systems, including behavior change and infrastructure improvements. 

Climate Action in Albany  

The Albany City Council unanimously adopted a new Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) in December of 2019. The CAAP lays out a prioritized, strategic, and phased approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions within Albany to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, and to help the City adapt to a changing climate. Read the Plan. 

Addressing climate change is going to take more than just action from the City of Albany itself. Individuals and community groups all have a critical role to play in achieving the City’s climate action goals. Through collective, committed, and considerate actions from all, Albany can be a healthy, resilient, and sustainable City to live in and visit for both present and future generations. 

 What can you do to lower your environmental impact? Join the Carbon-Free Albany Challenge. Carbon-Free Albany is an online platform where you can access resources on energy reduction, electrification, waste reduction, and more, and then take action to see how much energy (and money) your household saves. You can access lists of renter-friendly and youth-friendly actions, so there's something for everyone! Form teams with friends or neighbors to see who can reduce the most carbon by June; the winners will receive a prize at a community celebration later this year!  


COMMIT TO ACTION

What can you do to celebrate Earth Day today and every day? Below are a few ideas to help you form long-term habits, that you can commit to taking TODAY:


Avoid single passenger car trips, and combine trips when going shopping. In 2018, 56% of the City’s emissions were from transportation, largely due to personal vehicles. Driving less is one of the best ways to reduce emissions in Albany.


Install energy-saving appliances and fixtures to save energy, and low-flow shower heads and aerated faucets to reduce the amount of hot water you use.


Eat more low-carbon foods like non-processed foods, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and grains. Commit to eating at least one vegetarian meal each week.


Avoid unnecessary food waste: plan meals, right-size your grocery and restaurant purchases, and bring reusable containers for your leftovers when eating out.


Fix things that are broken instead of buying new, and second-hand shop to replace items. Join community sharing websites like Nextdoor, andBuyNothing Facebook groups.


Shop locally and support local businesses.

Reduce packaging waste and avoid single-use items when possible. Don’t request plastic utensils and napkins when ordering take-out, and bundle online delivery packages.


▢If considering financial investments, look for companies and products that have a positive impact on the environment. You can also consider investing locally in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that focus on providing financial opportunities to underserved communities.You can learn more and find a list of CDFIs in California here.


Talk about climate change and the changes you’re making with your friends and family. People are more often influenced by friends than by experts.


Voice support for policies that promote equitable greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Learn about ways to get involved in your community, such as attending a Climate Action Committee meeting.