Earth Day was first created in 1970. It is a movement that is focused on worldwide environmental action that will be a positive for the planet. Earth Day is actually on April 22 but the event can extend to the whole week making it an Earth Week.
Earth Day is also an organization. On their website, Earth Day's mission is clear,
EarthDay.org 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.
You don't have to be a member of the organization to make a difference. You can just celebrate Earth Week. The University of Cincinnati has a schedule of events lined up this April to celebrate Earth Week.
Earth Week Events at the University of Cincinnati
On the Univerisity of Cincinnati campus, Earth Week is going to be celebrated from April 12 - 16. Due to COVID-19, the Earth Week events will be virtual.
Earth Week is going to be run by the UC Office of Sustainability. The upcoming week is going to be filled with discussions, workshops, and a garden tour.
There will be a WebEx seminar each day from Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16. Only Thursday, April 15 will be set aside for a civic garden tour.
Here are the virtual events as listed on the University of Cincinnati website,
- 4/12 - WebEx lecture titled "Building Regional Resilience Through Local Government Action"
- 4/13 - WebEx workshop titled "Seed Starting at Home"
- 4/14 - WebEx film discussion titled "Symphony of the Soil"
- 4/15 - Civic Garden Center Virtual Tour
- 4/16 - WebEx Sustainability Awards Ceremony
Monday's lecture will be presented by Savannah Sullivan who is a member of Green Umbrella. The Green Umbrella is an organization in the Greater Cincinnati area with over 200 members and an alliance of over 200 member organizations. They consider themselves to be a regional sustainability alliance.
Savannah Sullivan is in charge of Green Umbrella's Climate Policy Impact Area. Previously, she worked for the City of Cincinnati where she was a Climate and Community Resilience Analyst. Green Umbrella has been in the news for helping Cincinnati plan for sustainable development and climate action.
Tuesday's workshop will be a lesson on how to plant and start your own seeds at home. The UC campus will provide seed starting kits but you could also get your own supplies before the workshop.
Wednesday's discussion will be about the film, Symphony of the Soil. This is a documentary that was actually made back in 2012. Directed by Deborah Koons, it shows experts discussing the science and the relationship between the soil, plants, and animals.
Thursday's event will be a tour of the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati. The Civic Garden Center (CGC) is a botanical garden located at 2715 Reading Road. The CGC aims to provide knowledge about gardening, sustainability, and horticulture. The CGC hosts classes, volunteer events, and even a plant sale.
The grounds of the garden are actually free to the public. On the virtual tour, you should be able to see multiple garden attractions including their daffodil collection, a Japanese garden, a butterfly and vegetable garden, a herb garden, and other attractions.
Finally, on Friday, there will be sustainability awards given to students, staff, and faculty of the University of Cincinnati.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Cincinnati continues to make efforts to celebrate Earth Day and Earth Week. The virtual events are worth checking out by members of the university as well as the public.