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This week, April 20-26, is Earth Week, and April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the global day of environmental action, so the City of Malibu encourages the community to Be Nice to Your Mother (Earth) and join the City’s virtual Earth Week activities.
“Although it may seem like the world is standing still while we all stay home to help battle the coronavirus, the earth and its creatures still need our help to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy blue skies, clean water and the beauty of natural habitats,” said Mayor Karen Farrer.
Community members can participate in the Community Services Department and Environmental Sustainability Department’s Earth Day-inspired activities while staying safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout Earth Week, there will be themed activities, including an Earth Week Bingo game, art activities, storytime with the children’s librarian from the Malibu Library, and activities provided by Tree People. The week will culminate with a backyard astronomy night. It’s a week full of environmental education and ways to help protect Mother Earth.
The Earth Week programs are a special edition of the Community Services Department’s new Malibu Mondays, a virtual series with resources to stay active, healthy, educated, and entertained during the Stay at Home Order. Visit https://www.malibucity.org/MalibuMondays for this week’s activities and share your experiences with the Community Services Department.
How to participate in Earth Week, Earth Day activities
The City encourages the community to explore ideas on how to combat climate change in your daily choices at EarthDay.org. Stay connected by visiting MalibuCity.org/MalibuMondays and look for social media posts for everyday activities.
Visit https://www.malibucity.org/MalibuMondays or visit Community Services and Environmental Sustainability social media accounts. Be Nice to Your Mother Earth activities will be posted each day. Participate in the activities throughout the week and prepare for the family astronomy night in your backyard on Saturday, April 25. Take pictures or videos and tag the Malibu Community Services Department on social media for a chance to be featured on the City of Malibu website and social media. They also encourage residents to use the following hashtags in their post: #MalibuMondays #EarthDay2020 #OnlyInTheBu #CreatingCommunity #SaferAtHome
Schedule of Events:
Monday, April 20 - International Dark Sky Week and Earth Week with an Art Activity by CReATE Studio
Tuesday, April 21 - Compost Your Food Scraps
Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Week Bingo! and Story Time with the Malibu Library
Thursday, April 23 - Reinvent or Donate! Share, Swap and Borrow Your Way to Zero Waste
Friday, April 24 - Go Paperless!
Saturday, April 25 - Astronomy Night
Sunday, April 26 - Learn at Home with Tree People
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge, but also the vast opportunities of action on climate change, have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change is occurring at an alarming rate and has many broad-reaching impacts on human health, the economy, and the stability of the natural environment. Increased emissions of greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide that trap heat and block it from escaping the atmosphere drive significant global disruption to climate systems as we know them. As a result, surface temperatures are increasing, global sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting, and oceans are acidifying. This places ever-increasing stress on the earth’s ability to support its inhabitants – plants, animals, and humans. Climate change may negatively affect our food supply, national security, global health, and push weather patterns into extremes.