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1. Join EARTHRISE<p>On Earth Day itself, the Earth Day Network is organizing 24 hours of "global digital mobilization" called <a href="https://www.earthday.org/coronavirus-drives-digital-striking-movement/" target="_blank">EARTHRISE</a> after the famous picture of our planet from space that inspired millions to agitate for the first Earth Day in 1970.</p><p>"The coronavirus pandemic does not shut us down," the organizers wrote. "Instead, it reminds us of what's at stake in our fight for the planet. If we don't demand change, our current state will become the new normal — a world where pandemics and extreme weather events span the globe, leaving already marginalized and vulnerable communities even more at risk."</p><p>You can participate using the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE.</p><p>The Earth Day Network is asking participants to speak up for the planet, vote for leaders who promote environmental policies or contact their representatives and educate others about the importance of taking care of the Earth. It is also organizing 24 actions that you can take from your home, one for each hour of the day.</p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" id="twitter-embed-1244671199717871618" src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-1244671199717871618&created_ts=1585587713.0&screen_name=EarthDayNetwork&text=When+life+gives+you+lemons%2C+make+lemonade%21%0A%0ATo+amid+the+COVID-19+outbreak%2C+we+are+switching+to+a+digital+%23EarthDay.%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FmVF7vx1j1J&id=1244671199717871618&name=Earth+Day+Network" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ac14aa56ede490310290063150cea127"></iframe>
2. Take the Earth Day Daily Challenge<p>You don't have to wait for April 22 to start making a difference. The Earth Day Network is also organizing <a href="https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-challenge/" target="_blank">22 daily challenges</a> you can take to fight the <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change/" target="_self">climate crisis</a> from lockdown.</p><p>The challenge began <a href="https://twitter.com/EarthDayNetwork/status/1245413619636019200" target="_blank">April 1</a> with a "plastic audit". Simply look for ways you can reduce your plastic usage and share your techniques.</p><p>Yesterday's challenge was to <a href="https://twitter.com/EarthDayNetwork/status/1245780953622069249" target="_blank">"compost creatively"</a> if you can't use all the food you brought home in your latest grocery store haul.</p><p>You can follow @earthdaynetwork's social media channels for each day's challenge.</p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" id="twitter-embed-1245413619636019200" src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-1245413619636019200&created_ts=1585764720.0&screen_name=EarthDayNetwork&text=%23Challenge+Day+1+-+Do+a+plastic+audit+%0A%0AWe+know+avoiding+plastic+completely+is+almost+impossible%2C+but+you+can+still%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FPC7MnjnldA&id=1245413619636019200&name=Earth+Day+Network" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="fc070ae37babee43660310efcdc00d48"></iframe>
3. Be a Citizen Scientist<p>You don't need a fancy laboratory or a white coat to be a scientist. All you need is a mobile device.</p><p>As of April 1, the Earth Challenge 2020 mobile app has been made available at the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.earthday.ec2020app" target="_blank">Android</a> or <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/earth-challenge-2020/id1494183525" target="_blank">Apple</a> app stores. You can download it now and begin collecting data on plastic pollution and air quality.</p><p>That data will be part of <a href="https://earthchallenge2020.earthday.org/" target="_blank">Earth Challenge 2020</a>, a joint initiative from the Earth Day Network, the U.S Department of State's Eco-Capitals Forum and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to create what they say will be the "world's most accessible and transparent citizen science database portal ever created."</p><p>The database <a href="https://earthchallenge2020.earthday.org/pages/research-community" target="_blank">will include</a> more than one billion data points combining existing citizen scientist projects with the information submitted via the app. The priorities for the challenge were globally crowdsourced in 2017 in a call for the "most important questions in human and environmental health."</p><p>The call turned up six focus areas:</p><ul><li>Plastics</li><li>Air Quality</li><li>Insects</li><li>Climate</li><li>Food Security</li><li>Water Quality</li></ul><p>The challenge will begin with plastics and air quality data, and move on to all six areas over the course of 2020.</p><iframe width="100%" height="150" scrolling="no" id="twitter-embed-1245456176206266368" src="/res/community/twitter_embed/?iframe_id=twitter-embed-1245456176206266368&created_ts=1585774866.0&screen_name=EarthDayNetwork&text=Are+you+excited+to+be+a+part+of+our+%23EarthChallenge2020+Research+Community%3F%0A%0ATogether+we%27ll+record+over+1+billion+d%E2%80%A6+https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2Ft5iHrkPBhj&id=1245456176206266368&name=Earth+Day+Network" frameborder="0" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="05e869bb3d47daeff4014787bb37a3fb"></iframe>
Earth Day 2019 just passed, but planning has already begun for Earth Day 2020, and it's going to be a big deal.
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Today is Earth Day, which means it is also the moment you have all been waiting for: The moment when EcoWatch announces the winner of our second-ever photo contest!
'Yellow Warbler on Frozen Dogwood Tree.'
John Strange<p>Strange is a 17-year-old student from North Carolina. He snapped the photograph in a lucky moment.</p><p>"I was out right then because I love to photograph the local <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/wildlife" target="_self">wildlife</a> to the point were I spend most of my free time out with my camera. The wildlife I photograph is my passion and my inspiration," Strange said in an email.</p><p>That passion meant he was ready to capture a unique situation.</p><p>"This bird is rare in my area, as is the snow that we had had during the time I took this photograph. When taken I immediately loved this photograph because of the beautiful yellow bird juxtaposed against the uniform purplish background of the dogwood tree encased in ice," Strange wrote.</p><p>Boswell also praised to the contrast between the yellow bird and the gray background. She said the photo captured the vulnerability of nature.</p><p>"It brings awareness to the importance of how all our decisions in protecting the environment are important for the most delicate to survive," she said.</p>This is EcoWatch's second photo contest. The winner of our first contest, held in honor of Thanksgiving 2018, was <a href="https://www.instagram.com/dakotaltman/" target="_blank">Dakota Altman</a> of Lincoln, Nebraska for his <a href="https://www.ecowatch.com/ecowatch-photo-contest-winner-2620896084.html" target="_self">mesmerizing image</a> of a morning sunlight caught in a spider's web.
At EcoWatch, our team knows that changing personal habits and taking actions that contribute to a better planet is an ongoing journey. Earth Day, happening on April 22, is a great reminder for all of us to learn more about the environmental costs of our behaviors like food waste or fast fashion.
To offer readers some inspiration this Earth Day, our team rounded up their top picks for films to watch. So, sit back and take in one of these documentary films this Earth Day. Maybe it will spark a small change you can make in your own life.
Update: The window for photo submissions has ended. The winner will be announced this Monday, April 22.
Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. The official theme of Earth Day 2019 is 'Protect Our Species.' In honor of Earth Day, EcoWatch has kicked off a second photo contest. Show us what 'Protect Our Species' means to you. Maybe there's a tree you've always loved, or perhaps it's a photo of the bird you adore that always visits your yard. We're excited to see what species means a lot to you. Capture a moment and send it our way!
Update: The window for photo submissions has ended. The winner will be announced this Monday, April 22.
EcoWatch is pleased to announce its second photo contest! Earth Day is happening on April 22nd, and this year's theme is "Protect Our Species." With that in mind, we want EcoWatchers to show us your photographs of creatures that inhabit Earth. Send us your best photos of species you value.
The first Earth Day helped create the system of regulations, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, that the U.S. depends upon to protect its air, water and wildlife.
But President Donald Trump celebrated the 48th Earth Day by defending his administration's efforts to rollback regulations, arguing that the rollbacks are actually better for the environment.
If you want to make a positive change this Earth Day but don't know where to start, one of best things you can do is take an honest look at your environmental footprint. For instance, how much water are you wasting? How much plastic are you throwing out? How much planet-warming carbon are you producing?
Luckily, there are many online calculators that crunch through your consumption habits. While the final tally might be daunting, it's the first step in living more sustainably.
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Earth Day 2018 is focused on the all-important theme of reducing plastic litter and pollution. Of course, we shouldn't just reduce our plastic footprint, we should try to reduce waste in all shapes, sizes and forms. It's said that the average American generates a staggering 4 pounds of trash every day—but you don't have to be part of that statistic.
Here are six entirely manageable tips and tricks to help you cut waste.
At EcoWatch, every day is Earth Day. We don't just report news about the environment—we aim to make the world a better place through our own actions. From conserving water to cutting waste, here are some tips and tricks from our team on living mindfully and sustainably.
Lorraine Chow, reporter
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