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Earth Day events go virtual on Midpeninsula

Former Congressman Pete McCloskey among panelists for local celebration

Many local organizations have been forced to readapt their Earth Day celebrations as a result of the coronavirus crisis. With stay-at-home orders in place, many are going virtual with their events marking the 50th anniversary of the unofficial holiday. We've compiled a list of online gatherings to mark the environmentally-conscious occasion from home:

Stanford University

Starting April 20, Stanford University is hosting five days of events that focus on all things environmental. The main event is a virtual summit on climate resiliency, which will be held on Tuesday, 12:30-2 p.m. Among the local, regional and state speakers is Nuin-Tara Key, deputy director of climate resiliency at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Visit sustainable.stanford.edu for a full list of the week's events.

Green Foothills

Former Congressman Pete McCloskey, a co-founder of Earth Day, and his wife, Helen, will be among the speakers at Green Foothills' virtual Earth Day celebration on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. The panelists will discuss a wide range of issues, including Earth Day's origins, the growing green movement, the effort to preserve sacred lands, protecting Coyote Valley and taking care of wetlands along the bay. For more information and to register, visit greenfoothills.org.

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Peninsula Open Space Trust and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an event cohosted by the Peninsula Open Space Trust and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, will showcase environmental and adventure films for free starting on Wednesday. The four-week event will focus on challenge and resilience; wildlife; people and nature and caring for the land. Anyone interested in participating can register at openspacetrust.org.

Palo Alto High School ECO Club

To mark Earth Week, Palo Alto High School's ECO Club is offering green tips everyday on Monday through Friday through its Instagram account. The community is invited to post a photo of themselves acting on the day's tip and tagging the club @paly.eco to be entered in the club's raffle for a chance at prizes.

On Wednesday, the club is hosting an environmental Kahoot! game at 5 p.m. through Zoom. Members of the public can participate through this link or through Meeting ID: 765 1282 4247. Anyone who joins is asked to be respectful and safe.

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The celebration continues later in the week, likely on Saturday, according to organizers, with an online screening of the documentary "Terra." The 2015 film explores the relationship between humans and other living creatures. More details on the screening will be published on the club's Instagram page.

Stanford University and Ellen Fletcher Middle School

Stanford University and students from Ellen Fletcher Middle School will hold a special Earth Day podcast that will be streamed by KZSU Stanford on Wednesday at 7 p.m., according to tweet from the Stanford Woods Insitute. Speakers will talk about what's changed since the first Earth Day and share their vision on how to address current environmental issues. Viewers can listen on 90.1 FM or online at kzsu.stanford.edu.

Gunn High School Green Team

Gunn High School's Green Team is running an Earth Week photo contest through this Friday. The community is encouraged to take a photo in their neighborhood that celebrates nature and share by email to [email protected] by Friday. The winner will receive a Hydro Flask bottle that will be awarded once the shutdown is over.

Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, based in Palo Alto, is holding a climate rally online this Friday. The event will include a video presentation where climate experts and activists discuss climate justice and political engagement during and after the pandemic.

The virtual event will also include several speakers, including Chris Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Students who are also members of the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike are also scheduled to speak.

Participants can expect to see community members share creative signs, chants and artistic designs to mark Earth Week.

Those interested in joining the rally on Friday at 5:30 p.m. over Zoom can register here.

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens' Climate Lobby, which has a Silicon Valley North chapter made up of multiple Midpeninsula cities, will hold a free virtual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT (1-4 p.m. EDT), over Zoom.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a scientist and host of the PBS series "Global Weirding: Climate, Politics, and Religion" will kick off the event as the keynote speaker on the topic "Healthy People, Healthy Planet." Viewers will also learn ways they can help the climate from home during a 15-minute session and then participate in a breakout session that will last for about one to two hours.

To join by video conference, visit citizensclimate.zoom.us. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.

Want to see your local Earth Day featured on this list? Send us the details at [email protected].

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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Earth Day events go virtual on Midpeninsula

Former Congressman Pete McCloskey among panelists for local celebration

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Apr 21, 2020, 11:32 am
Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 11:53 am

Many local organizations have been forced to readapt their Earth Day celebrations as a result of the coronavirus crisis. With stay-at-home orders in place, many are going virtual with their events marking the 50th anniversary of the unofficial holiday. We've compiled a list of online gatherings to mark the environmentally-conscious occasion from home:

Stanford University

Starting April 20, Stanford University is hosting five days of events that focus on all things environmental. The main event is a virtual summit on climate resiliency, which will be held on Tuesday, 12:30-2 p.m. Among the local, regional and state speakers is Nuin-Tara Key, deputy director of climate resiliency at the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Visit sustainable.stanford.edu for a full list of the week's events.

Green Foothills

Former Congressman Pete McCloskey, a co-founder of Earth Day, and his wife, Helen, will be among the speakers at Green Foothills' virtual Earth Day celebration on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. The panelists will discuss a wide range of issues, including Earth Day's origins, the growing green movement, the effort to preserve sacred lands, protecting Coyote Valley and taking care of wetlands along the bay. For more information and to register, visit greenfoothills.org.

Peninsula Open Space Trust and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an event cohosted by the Peninsula Open Space Trust and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, will showcase environmental and adventure films for free starting on Wednesday. The four-week event will focus on challenge and resilience; wildlife; people and nature and caring for the land. Anyone interested in participating can register at openspacetrust.org.

Palo Alto High School ECO Club

To mark Earth Week, Palo Alto High School's ECO Club is offering green tips everyday on Monday through Friday through its Instagram account. The community is invited to post a photo of themselves acting on the day's tip and tagging the club @paly.eco to be entered in the club's raffle for a chance at prizes.

On Wednesday, the club is hosting an environmental Kahoot! game at 5 p.m. through Zoom. Members of the public can participate through this link or through Meeting ID: 765 1282 4247. Anyone who joins is asked to be respectful and safe.

The celebration continues later in the week, likely on Saturday, according to organizers, with an online screening of the documentary "Terra." The 2015 film explores the relationship between humans and other living creatures. More details on the screening will be published on the club's Instagram page.

Stanford University and Ellen Fletcher Middle School

Stanford University and students from Ellen Fletcher Middle School will hold a special Earth Day podcast that will be streamed by KZSU Stanford on Wednesday at 7 p.m., according to tweet from the Stanford Woods Insitute. Speakers will talk about what's changed since the first Earth Day and share their vision on how to address current environmental issues. Viewers can listen on 90.1 FM or online at kzsu.stanford.edu.

Gunn High School Green Team

Gunn High School's Green Team is running an Earth Week photo contest through this Friday. The community is encouraged to take a photo in their neighborhood that celebrates nature and share by email to [email protected] by Friday. The winner will receive a Hydro Flask bottle that will be awarded once the shutdown is over.

Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, based in Palo Alto, is holding a climate rally online this Friday. The event will include a video presentation where climate experts and activists discuss climate justice and political engagement during and after the pandemic.

The virtual event will also include several speakers, including Chris Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Students who are also members of the Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike are also scheduled to speak.

Participants can expect to see community members share creative signs, chants and artistic designs to mark Earth Week.

Those interested in joining the rally on Friday at 5:30 p.m. over Zoom can register here.

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens' Climate Lobby, which has a Silicon Valley North chapter made up of multiple Midpeninsula cities, will hold a free virtual Earth Day event on Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT (1-4 p.m. EDT), over Zoom.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a scientist and host of the PBS series "Global Weirding: Climate, Politics, and Religion" will kick off the event as the keynote speaker on the topic "Healthy People, Healthy Planet." Viewers will also learn ways they can help the climate from home during a 15-minute session and then participate in a breakout session that will last for about one to two hours.

To join by video conference, visit citizensclimate.zoom.us. To register for the event, visit eventbrite.com.

Want to see your local Earth Day featured on this list? Send us the details at [email protected].

Find comprehensive coverage on the Midpeninsula's response to the new coronavirus by Palo Alto Online, the Mountain View Voice and the Almanac here.

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