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The first Earth Day happened on April 22, 1970 when 20 million Americans participated in protests, festivals, and rallies. This day launched the modern environmental movement and lead to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Fifty years later, the environment is in extreme danger. After a year of extreme weather including wildfires, storms and floods, now is the time to learn more about the environment and how to protect it.  Earth Day is the perfect opportunity!

Here is a list of learning opportunities and actions you can take this Earth Day and beyond.

  1. Calculate Carbon Footprint
    Carbon emissions from your lifestyle impact the climate. Find out what your carbon footprint is and brainstorm ways to reduce it. 
  1. Take the No Plastic Pledge
    Think about how you can reduce your consumption of single-use plastic and write out a pledge. Check out tips from Clean Water Action. Start with Plastic Free Fridays and work your way up to a month. 
  1. Take part in the Arts Alliance photo challenge
    Take a photo every day showing where you stand and share it on social media with the hashtag #forestparkgrounds #earthday2020
  1. Find out about recycling in Forest Park. 
    The village offers curbside recycling. Make sure you are recycling the right things. 
  1. Find out about the Litterati app with local initiative Science, Art, Trash. Pick up litter and bring awareness. 
  2. Participate in the One Earth Film Festival 
    During the week of Earth Day, the One Earth Film Fest will hold a Virtual Mini Film Festival. See the full schedule here


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