On April 22, 1970, millions of Americans gathered in cities across America to demand a better environment. That first Earth Day would turn out to be one of the largest civic events ever and resulted in a modern environmental movement that has made a profound impact on our planet.
While there has been a lot of progress since 1970, we face new global challenges that continue threaten our planet and ourselves. Local and individual action is the key to turning things around.
In the spirit of Earth Day, we have created this page with announcements and links to action-oriented ideas for how you can help promote positive environmental progress.
Read about our 2020 Green Citizen and Student Awardees - This year, we honor Charlotte Ireland - a student that has discovered a passion for the environment that extends far beyond the classroom; and Save Oswit Canyon and their Community of Supporters - a group of residents that accomplished what many thought was an impossible task. Read more about them on our Green Citizen Award Page.
Take the Personal Environmental Pledge! We have created a pledge sheet that contains important and easy things that everyone can do to help the planet. Click this link to take the pledge! Print it out, display it prominently, and pass the word on to others.
Read the City's Earth Day Proclamation. The City renewed its Earth Day proclamation at the request of the Climate Reality Project Palm Springs Chapter.
Organize your neighborhood or HOA to participate in an activity for the Neighborhood Environmental Challenge in the coming year. Check the Neighborhood Challenge page for more detail.
Check out our "Shelter-in-Place" Environmental Photo Contest! Thanks to all those who submitted photos to our "shelter-in-place" environmental photo contest. It shows the many ways that Palm Springs is "Like No Place Else." To see the submissions and the winners go to our photo contest website.
Participate in a virtual Earth Day event! Below are some City-sponsored and external virtual events that occurred on Earth Day. Thanks to all those who participated in some way.
Recycling Right! The City held a web meeting hosted by The Center and debuted a new video from the City of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Disposal Services on recycling as well. The video will highlight things you need to know about recycling in Palm Springs.
Green Citizen and Green Student Award Winners. Check out the winners of our Green Citizen and Green Student Awards that were announced on Earth Day. Winners were also announced at the City Council Meeting on April 23rd.
Dedicating Trees in Honor of Earth Day. The City announced it plans to dedicate trees in the new downtown park in honor of Earth Day and will work with the Parks & Recreation and Sustainability Commissions to make this happen.
View the Earth Day Community Garden Videos that celebrate the amazing Michele Mician Community Garden and the work of our awesome gardeners. The second video answers basic questions that people have about gardening in the desert.
Climate Reality Project Palm Springs Chapter held a Town Hall Zoom Meeting. Check out details on the Climate Reality Project's web page.
Government agencies posted virtual Earth Day Activities. National Park Service is offering virtual tours of parks, Museum of Natural History in New York has all-day online programming to honor the planet, and NASA has been celebrating Earth Day at Home all month.
Earth Day Programming on PBS, National Geographic and other stations. A variety of stations aired special programming on Earth Day. Much of this can be found online and on demand.
Check out Environmental Resources and Books developed by the Palm Springs Library. Library staff have created a great list of online resources, information, and books for you to consider, especially if you have a little more time this month. Check out the list here. To access these resources and get your free library card, please visit the Library Website.
Watch a "Green" Movie or TV Show! The Office of Sustainability will be announcing a "Movie of the Week" each week that provides insights into environmental challenges and solutions. Some movies will be free, while others may require a small rental fee through an online service. We will keep a running list below.
TITLE: The Biggest Little Farm (Watch Trailer) DO NOT MISS THIS!!
AVAILABILITY: Available for rent on Amazon, iTunes, VUDU, HULU, YouTube, GooglePlay and other outlets.
SYNOPSIS: The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature's call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet.
TITLE: Inventing Tomorrow (Watch Trailer) GET INSPIRED FOR THE FUTURE!!
AVAILABILITY: Available for rent on Amazon Prime, iTunes, VUDU, HULU
SYNOPSIS: Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) a program of Society for Science & the Public.
TITLE: Earth Days (Watch Trailer) Learn about the Origins of Earth Day!!
AVAILABILITY: Free on Films for Action
SYNOPSIS: Earth Days looks at the road to April 22, 1970, to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers — among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins. Earth Days is a meditation on man’s complex relationship with nature and an engaging history of the revolutionary achievements and missed opportunities of groundbreaking eco-activism.
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