APRIL 22nd IS EARTH DAY 2020
Every year activists young and old, gather to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. This year marks the 5oth anniversary of Earth day celebration in the world.
How do we celebrate in the middle of a world pandemic?
Instead of walking and protesting in joyful marches, this year we are all celebrating Earth Day at Home, while sheltering-in-place.
In our homes, we would like to see, how our PS20 families celebrate Earth Day 2020? By making art drawings, art sculptures with the recyclables, poetry or videos showing "our civic engagement on Earth day 2020"! Be creative and kindly share your #EarthDayAtHome memories, pictures, drawings, poems or videos, with the PS20 community on the Konstella photo album: #PS20EarthDay2020
In our schools, teachers and students will have Google meet celebration of Earth day 2020; among them Mrs. Star, Ms. Iseult, Mrs. Benatouil or Mrs. Nixon, at PS20, and Mr. Chung in a virtual dancing Prospect Park Earth Day Celebration.
In the world, there will be live events by the thousands. Check this list for a beautiful schedule gathered on EarthDay.org. Visit the Earth Day 2020 event page: there will be a world map that shows events by age, language, and type.
"On April 22, tune into Earth Day online". For 24 hours, participants including Pope Francis, many celebrities and political figures will be invited for teach-ins, discussions on how to address the climate crisis and disruption.
From EarthDay.org: "We can make a better world for everyone. Tell everyone you know about April 22 and join us at earthday.org as we flood the world with messages of hope, optimism and, above all — action."
Last but not least, we would like to celebrate the first African Women, Dr. Wangari Maathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize 2004, for her work as an Environmentalist defending Sustainability, Peace, and Democracy. In 1977, she had a vision that became a movement throughout the world: The Green Belt. All she wanted was to plant trees and stop the deforestation of her beautiful country, Kenya. Science has since proven "that planting a forest, and stopping or slowing deforestation could prevent the next pandemic".
Please enjoy listening to these videos-books, or watching the videos tribute to Dr. Wangari Maathai:
https://youtu.be/VYIiOUtmM7U "I will be a Hummingbird" an excerpt read by Prof. Wangari Maathai. "DIRT! The Movie": Dirt, Sustainability, and Reconnecting with the Land" by Benenson and Rosow
https://youtu.be/YeSudeDImUw "A Tiny Seed: The Story of Wangari Maathai" - English stories for kids - Pratham Books
https://youtu.be/NWFdmOaDTxE "Wangari Maathai: Seeds of Change" Audiobook
https://youtu.be/08PbLwOtZJA "Wangari’s Trees of Peace"
https://youtu.be/dZap_QlwlKw Nobel Lecture by Professor Wangari Maathai. NobelPrize.org
https://youtu.be/koMunNH1J3Y Tribute to Dr. Wangari Maathai. This film was commissioned by UNEP, ICRAF, and CIFOR on behalf of the CPF. Isabelle Pierrard from UNEPand Abbie Sharp from Tin Roof Productions.