Celebrating Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and it’s safe to say no one expected we’d be celebrating it indoors during a planet-wide pandemic. In 1970, more than 20 million people participated in the first Earth Day. This year, our goal is to mobilize more than one billion people worldwide to demand a cleaner, healthier environment and a just, clean energy future. Continue reading for ways to get involved:

Celebrate Earth Month With Team Sierra

Team Sierra usually celebrates Earth Month and Earth Day by raising money and getting outdoors together. This year, we're focusing on building a virtual community where we can connect with one another and with nature. Join us for a live plant based cooking class, sketching inspired by nature, or conscious decluttering. You can create a fundraising page or make a donation in honor of the 50th Anniversary.

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Be a Part of Earth Day Live

The U.S. Youth Climate Strike Coalition is bringing people together to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with Earth Day Live, a 72-hour livestream featuring celebrities, musicians, activists and youth climate leaders who will share their vision of how we can come through this time of upheaval better prepared to make the massive economic, social and policy changes we need to confront the climate crisis. Find out more.

50 Years of Earth Day

Looking for some Earth Day history? Sierra magazine dedicated its March/April issue to the celebration of 50 years of Earth Day. Check it out!


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A Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Your Clothes by Hand: How to hand-wash your laundry (and kill germs) at home.

4 Tips for Composting Leaves: A yard of fallen leaves may seem like a mess. But hidden in all that decomposing foliage is the perfect organic matter for a great pile of compost.

8 Ways to Green Your Laundry Routine: Tips to spare your clothes, your wallet, and the planet.

The Art of the Dry Garden: 15 ways to conserve outdoor water use—without sacrificing the beauty of your home garden.

10 Ways to Go Green at Work: Small steps can make a big impact.

How Much Food Are You Wasting? Take This Quiz: Tips from your trash to keep food on the table and out of the landfill—and save you money.

Easy Vegan Baking Hacks to Shrink Your Sweet Tooth's Footprint: Adapt all your favorite recipes with a little substitution savvy.

Sierra Club Store

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, our store has some newly designed items to brighten your day, including groovy Earth Day 50 t-shirts, cozy hoodies, colorful embroidered patches, stickers, and more. Plus take 20% off with code EARTHDAY through April 22. Every purchase supports the Sierra Club's mission to protect the planet we love. Shop today.

Celebrate Earth Day With the Earth Day Network

The Earth Day Network will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a series of virtual events as part of Digital Earth Day, a global digital livestream on April 22 to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet. Find out more.

Ask Ms. Green

Does Knowing the Carbon Footprint of Meat Make Us Eat Less of It?: I tried the Meat Footprint Calculator to find out.

Is There an Eco Way to Brush My Teeth?: Even "natural" toothpastes can have potentially toxic ingredients.

What Is the Most Effective Thing an Individual Can Do to Help the Earth?: Reduce your carbon footprint. Here's how.

How Do I Minimize the Environmental Impact of My Period?: Ms. Green has the answer.

Share Your Photos of the Outdoors

Help us celebrate the outdoors by sharing your photos with us! Have a standout photo from a memorable outdoor experience that you’re willing to share? Send it along and we’ll compile our favorites into a brand-new slideshow that gets us all outdoors again -- at least virtually. Upload your photo.


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No Place Like Home: #33 Season Finale With Mary Annaise Heglar
This season on No Place Like Home we’ve been diving into *All The Climate Feels* - the emotional, psychological and spiritual elements of climate change. For our season finale, we chat all the climate feels - and our vision for a new world - with one of our fave pod friends and listeners, Mary Annaïse Heglar. Mary Annaïse is a treasured climate justice essayist and the Director of Publications at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), as well as a twitter extraordinaire. She has a giant heart and brilliant mind - and profound courage and insights on climate justice to share with all of us. View all episodes.

Earth Day in the Time of a Pandemic
The first episode of The Overstory's second season was originally intended as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As the pandemic unfolded, we pivoted to consider what social activism will look like in this season of social distancing. Hear from Denis Hayes, founder of the Earth Day Network; Zero Hour founder Jamie Margolin; author and artist Jenny Odell; and the Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Jr. Plus also: Ms. Green explains her investigation into PFAS in menstrual underwear. View Season 1 | View Season 2

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