Take the Earth Day Challenge

Wednesday this week brings us Earth Day. And we’re all at home.

Can you imagine the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated mostly at home and online? Of course, it seems fitting. We’re giving Mother Earth a break.

We can’t travel right now – so we have to keep dreamin’. See video.

After helping traveling clients return home safely, and then cancelling and rebooking holidays for others (some of which is still going on), I’m now helping inspire people. And, the inspiration will continue with things we can do to mark Earth Day digitally this year.

The allure of travel gives us all hope. And giving Mother Earth this time to heal will get us focused on traveling more responsibly when we’re able.

We can savour this time and think about dream trips. I’m helping with zoom calls for virtual cocktails and dance parties, sharing resources for pasta-making classes or online museum tours, and sharing virtual expeditions to the Galapagos or Tanzania. We all have to maximize our return on life – and you can dream today, and travel tomorrow.

But you can celebrate and mark Earth Day from home this year. On April 22nd, Earth Day goes digital. You can take the Earth Day Challenge. You can sign up for 24 hours of action, and there are 22 actions that you can do now from home.

Check out https://www.earthday.org/campaign/digital-earth-day/ where they note:

On Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we have two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate.

We can, will and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus. But we still have time to prepare — in every part of the world — for the climate crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic does not shut us down. Instead, it reminds us of what’s at stake in our fight for the planet. If we don’t demand change to transform our planet and meet our climate crisis, 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. 

You can take the Earth Day challenge. https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-challenge/

Here are the 22 actions (and you can find all the detail at the challenge link above.)

Two of the easiest things we can do at home this week – do a plastic audit, and fix and DYI- don’t buy.

Can you take the Earth Day Challenge? Let me know if you try even one – and if you take on all 22 (at least the ones you can right now – it’s hard to vote this week), do let me know. I’ll have an Earth Day prize for the person taking on the highest number of actions.