Earth Day at 50

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020, the Smithsonian is sharing resources and opportunities that we hope Affiliates can use.

Get Involved

Join the conversation

Share your own Earth Optimism success stories by following @EarthOptimism and using the hashtag #EarthOptimism!

Watch and share

The Smithsonian will mark the anniversary with a digital Earth Optimism Summit April 22-24. The Summit will showcase stories of both small- and large-scale actions that demonstrate that success is possible. Follow along during the digital summit and encourage your audience to follow along too.

Summit Highlights 

  • Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III will provide welcome remarks on April 23.
  • Smithsonian Affiliates in Lowell, MA, and Miami, FL, will be featured with their students in a panel discussion on youth-led climate action in a Deep Dive Session.
  • Teen-produced videos on conservation from Smithsonian Affiliate, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, will be featured throughout the Summit.
  • Featured talks from leaders at NASA, the United Nations Climate Change Convention, Conservation International, Alliance for Climate Education, Environmental Defense Fund, and more.

Resources you can use

Screen a film online from the Smithsonian Channel
Exclusively for Smithsonian Affiliates: Smithsonian Channel is offering Last Call for the Bayou to Affiliates for online streaming. Follow the stories of individuals on the Mississippi River Delta who are experiencing a rapidly diminishing wetland firsthand and see how they’re fighting to keep their cultures, livelihoods, and homes from washing away. View the trailer and request your screening here.

Review resources from the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)
Check out  Smithsonian Science for Global Goals guide on working with students to create action plans around sustainability issues, and click here to watch a recording of the February webinar.

Point your teachers and school groups to the Smithsonian Learning Lab
The Smithsonian’s online portal for educators has over 1900 resources on Earth Day (artifact images, videos, photographs and more). As an example, click through their Earth Day: Highlights Collection.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab has thousands of media resources for teachers to use around the history of Earth Day, sustainability, and conservation problems and solutions.