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50th Anniversary Earth Day

Alan Flurry

The University of Georgia’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day 2020 will be held online.

Most notably, the UGA Earth (Art) Day Challenge, open to the university and Athens community, to create an online exhibition of creative works expressing how participants are connecting with and appreciating the Earth, people or other living creatures during this time of uncertainty, and how this can inspire an even better future. The deadline for entry is April 19, and selected submissions will be displayed in a virtual gallery during Earth Week. See for details and to enter.

Other events include:

  • The (Re)Sourceful Collective, a project of the Office of Sustainability, will share information and tips via Instagram and Facebook during the month of April on topics including self-care and public health, victory gardening, and reclamation and reuse.
  • The Georgia Museum of Art is sharing an online version of the exhibition “Altered Landscapes: Photography in the Anthropocene,” featuring works that explore humanity’s undeniable impact on the natural landscape.

Earth Week events still happening, now in a virtual format, include:

  • Yoga Under the Stars at 8 p.m. on April 21 via Facebook Live.
  • The Earth Day Fair highlighting campus and community organizations on April 22.
  • Virtual campus tree walk on April 24, both via Instagram and Facebook.
  • Sustainable UGA Spring Semester in Review, featuring an online gallery of selected works from the UGA Earth (Art) Day Challenge and a series of 60-second videos to be posted online April 29.

There are so many ways we can do our part to act globally, both individual actions to limit our impact and conserve as well as broader efforts that leverage our classrooms and laboratories. This NASA video, for example, describes how technology designed for space can help us here on Earth.

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