50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Virtual Fair Recap

Mainers joined MCV and Maine Audubon from their homes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and take action! 

Schedule

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10:00 am - 10:30 am Meet Maeve the Merlin Falcon!

Every morning at 10 am during the month of April, The Center for Wildlife is hosting Facebook Live Morning Meetings with a different wildlife ambassador! Watch the Earth Day meeting with Maeve the merlin falcon here!

Matt Loosigian

11:00 am - 11:45 amEarth Jams Concert

Matt Loosigian is a dynamic, spirited performer that seamlessly weaves messages of environmental stewardship, peace and compassion with humor and silliness for kids aged 5-10 and beyond! Watch the recordings from the Earth Day livestream here and here!

Absentee Voting Public Domain

12:00 pm - 1:00 pmVoting for Climate, Conservation, and Public Health

Voting is vital for the environment and for all issues. Maine Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters and Planned Parenthood talked about why voting matters and how voting is being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. You can watch the recording here.

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12:00 pm - 12:45 pmKids Scavenger Hunt!

If you didn't get to join us, you can find the lists here! Send us pictures of you and your nature art on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter :)

Spring Bird Calls

1:00 pm - 2:00 pmMaine Spring Bird Song Lesson

Nick Lund, Maine Audubon’s Outreach & Network Manager taught us the calls of common Maine spring birds! An in-demand follow up to our Lunch & Learn event a couple of weeks ago. If you didn't get to join, you can view the recording here!

The Story of Plastic

2:30 pm - 4:30 pmThe Story of Plastic Premier!

We hosted a virtual watch party of the premier of The Story of Plastic - the latest film from The Story of Stuff Project! The Story of Plastic takes a sweeping look at the plastic pollution crisis; its global effects on people and the environment; and the movements rising up to fight against it.

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5:00 pm - 5:45 pmVirtual Rally and Earth Day Sign Making!

We were not be able to rally in person this Earth Day, so we gathered the art supplies we could find around the house and made Earth Day signs together to put in our windows and to share during the rest of the rally. We also listened to Earth Day messages from Senator Angus King, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Congressman Jared Golden and more! You can watch the recording of the event here!

Maine Outdoor Film Festival

7:00 pm - 9:00 pmMaine Audubon Virtual Earth Day Film Festival!

Maine Outdoor Film Festival's seventh annual conservation-themed version of the popular film tour. A curated selection of short independent films featuring the outdoors.

Take Action!

Do one thing from each column to connect your Tic-Tac-Toe board!

Connect with Nature

Take Collective Action

Take Personal Action

Go outside!

Read or write a poem about nature.

See what spring flowers, animal tracks and birds you can see and log your observations!

Sign our petition calling for a strong Climate Action Plan for Maine!

Commit to vote absentee for the environment!

Fill out the census! It only takes a few minutes and benefits environmental initiatives.

Eat safe & local during the pandemic. Sign up for a farm’s CSA, order a “pick up box” or plant a vegetable garden!

Save energy! Turn off lights, unplug electronics, hang dry your laundry.

Buy less stuff! Repair what you own, buy used, buy local, buy bulk.

More Activities!

Other Events

Earth Day Live

From April 22 to April 24, activists, performers, thought leaders, and artists from around the world came together for an empowering, inspiring, and communal three day livestream mobilization.

Maine Children's Museum, At Home Together

At 10:30 AM each morning, Children's Museum educators are going live on FaceBook and every Wednesday is Worm Wednesday!

Kids are encouraged to become scientists and observe the worms, make predictions, and follow up week-to-week to see changes and draw conclusions about sustainability and ecosystems.

On Earth Day, they showed that together, even the smallest of us can make a difference in caring for the planet.

350 Maine Earth Day Virtual Art Build

350 Maine lead an art build from 10am-12pm calling for an end to fossil fuel finance.

Youth Engagement Statewide Climate Call

A youth-only mass webinar discussed the overlap between COVID-19 and the climate crisis from 1pm-2pm. The Facebook event can be found here.

Sierra Club Maine Chapter

Sierra Club's Maine Chapter hosted the following Earth Day events:

12-1pm: History and impacts of Earth Day and climate change

6-7pm: Environmentalist and climate change comedian, Jason Wentworth

7-8pm: Virtual showing of the film 'Mossville' and Q&A with filmmakers!

Earth Day Network

Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.

They put together a great collection of ways to celebrate Earth Day from home:

https://www.earthday.org/environmental-education-at-home/

AMC Maine Earth Day Webinar

Maine Chapter Conservation Chair Chris Franklin and AMC Conservation Policy Director for Maine Eliza Townsend discussed the social and political forces that have shaped our landscape here in the Great State of Maine and beyond.

'The Sense of Wonder' Discussion - Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative

5:30pm-7:00pm Portland’s Sustainability Series switched gears and hosted a virtual discussion of Rachel Carson’s, The Sense of Wonder book. Originally published as a magazine article in the 1950’s, it details Carson’s philosophy that adults need to nurture a child’s inborn sense of wonder about the natural world.

Videos to Watch

Protecting the Nature of Maine: Stories of Success , Natural Resources Council of Maine

Maine people and their love for Maine is the reason we’ve made significant progress in protecting our land, water, and environment since 1970. This pre-taped program features stories from the frontlines of environmental protection in Maine.

Earth Day Worship

A recording of stories, poems and prayers for the earth created by Art Bell, Bill Gregory and Sue Inches for their church, First Parish Yarmouth.

Earth Stories and Why They Matter, Sue Inches

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...A recorded webinar presented by Sue Inches in February for EarthShift Global, an international consulting firm based in Maine. Earth stories are the stories we tell ourselves to rationalize how we treat the earth and each other. In the webinar, Sue shows how we are shifting from an outdated earth story to a new one and how, in order to sustain life on the planet, we have to continue to make this shift.

Children's Books Written, Illustrated and Read by Cathryn Falwell!

Maine author and illustrator Cathryn Falwell has been making books since she was three years old. Today she lives near Frog Song Pond and has recorded some of her books and craft projects to share with you. Watch them hereand here.

Common Sense Media

From Commonsense Media: These Earth-friendly family movies are full of beautiful images -- and powerful themes about nature and the environment

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/environmental-movies

NRCM, Stories of Success!

Maine people and their love for Maine is the reason we’ve made significant progress in protecting our land, water, and environment since 1970. In this pre-taped program, we will feature stories from the frontlines of environmental protection in Maine. Join us next week on Earth Day, and be inspired as you watch Maine leaders tell their stories of protecting the nature of Maine

Activities

Environment Maine, Greener Together

In this time of social isolation, people are increasingly wanting to turn to the outdoors and nature as a refuge. That's why we launched "Greener Together," a project that gives you opportunities to connect with the natural world through engaging events, fun activities for kids and adults, and helpful tips for finding nature closer to home.

A Climate to Thrive, Cultivating Wonder Project

ACTT's Cultivating Wonder project invites you to go outside and explore your connection to the world around you and to translate that wonder into a piece of art to share on their page!

Banner Photo Credit: Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Zero Waste Crafts with Anna Hewitt!

Anna Hewitt is a master food preserver whose current creative work focuses on the challenge and joy of making things with what we might otherwise recycle, compost, or throw away. Her website annaghewitt.com has craft projects for reusing materials.

Community Science!

There are hundreds of ways to participate in community science (also known as citizen science.) Right from your home, you can find ways to help scientists gather data and report about a wide variety of topics. Community science is a unique opportunity for collaboration between scientists and everyday people who just want to make a difference in the world!

Here are some places to look for projects:

https://scistarter.org/

https://ifw.citizenscience.maine.gov/

https://www.citizenscience.gov/#

Red Tricycle - Reduce food waste!

A great way to help the earth is to reduce food waste! Red Tricycle has some ideas on how to "recycle" your food instead of tossing it out.