April 22 will mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and as it approaches, a coalition of community activists, neighborhoods, organizations and businesses in Clallam County are joining as #ClallamTogether to observe “Earth Week” – Monday, April 20 to Sunday, April 26 – in creative ways adapted to the unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves.
The central bulletin board for these activities will be Olympic Climate Action’s website, olyclimate.org, where updates will be continuously posted.
The urgent, evolving challenges of the coronavirus pandemic call on people everywhere to respond to one another and to our shifting circumstances with courage, resolution, ingenuity and open hearts. And though our ways of connecting with one another have shifted, Earth itself remains our constant home, and we are reminded more than ever that we are and will always be intimately connected with it.
Instead of the variety of community events originally planned for Earth Week, we offer a suite of activities people can safely do from home or outdoors on their own or with their family unit, such as:
- “Challenge of 50s”: Individuals, groups or families choose an “Act of 50” that supports the healing of our Earth.
- “Life Hacks”: Submit and view short videos demonstrating simple earth-stewarding actions.
- “Earth-Care Art”: Submit earth-related art to our virtual gallery or participate in a virtual group banner.
- Clallam Tree Alliance offers free shrubs and trees for delivery or pickup, and neighborhood plant/seed sharing is planned.
People are also encouraged to create their own activities and promote them to email@example.com, to be posted on OCA’s website.
A few events are planned, including:
**April 19: Ms. Earth Week 2020: Nominate your earth hero; the winner will receive a SisterLand Farms gift box
**April 22: Flower bouquets delivered to your earth heroes by volunteers on bicycles (in the Port Angeles area)
**April 22: Earth Evening bell-ringing, 7 pm.
**April 23: Webinar on the Border Wall and its violations of environmental laws and human rights, 7 pm
**TBA: Presentation on connections between the coronavirus and climate change.
In Jefferson County, the Local 2020 organization has postponed most of their planned Earth Week efforts, except for an Earth Day beach cleanup; to check on Jefferson County plans, see https://l2020.org/earth2020/.
The #ClallamTogether organizing committee includes:
Hilary Powers, Compassion Clallam County
Marilyn O’Neill-Eash, Interfaith Community of Clallam County
Arleen Jenson, SisterLand Farms
Elizabeth Christian, Interfaith Earthcare Coalition
Christeal Milburn, Clallam Tree Alliance
Michael Clemens, Jodi Riverstone, Julia Smith, & Ed Chadd, Olympic Climate Action
North Olympic Peninsula residents working to stem climate disruption
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