Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most of us will be spending the 50th anniversary of Earth Day confined to our homes. But even inside, we can appreciate the beauty of our planet, thanks to our gadgets.
This year’s theme is “Climate Action,” focusing on raising awareness for ways to combat climate change. Many brands are supporting the cause with virtual campaigns, some merging educational efforts with rallying cries for action.
NASA is celebrating Earth Day this year in a big way, all virtually. Today, NASA will air a special edition of “NASA Science Live” on YouTube with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who will discuss how the space agency's technology is helping the Earth. And astronaut Chris Cassidy, who just arrived at the International Space Station on April 9, will conduct a live Q&A on NASA TV at 12:10 p.m. EDT.
The organization is pairing its live events with a gif creator of satellite images, several Earth Day-themed podcasts and an “Earth Day at Home” toolkit filled with downloadable posters, educational materials, videos of NASA scientists and astronauts, and photo essays. Fans are encouraged to share how they’re celebrating Earth Day this year with the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome. Expect to see a lot of photos of people on their couches in front of their TVs, or the outside world shot from inside through windows.
On top of all that, NASA has partnered with LEGO to develop a special challenge for LEGO’s #LetsBuildTogether campaign, which calls on creators to build rainbows using LEGO blocks and share them with friends.
NASA is also posting several videos on its YouTube channel on Earth day. One looks back at 50 years of Earth Day using satellite images, another shows how NASA technology helps us understand Earth, while astronauts Andrew Morgan and astronaut Jessica Meir, who recently returned to Earth, created a video about how Earth looks from space.