Apr 21, 2020

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day celebration. Since it was established in 1970, Earth Day has become the biggest environmental celebration worldwide, bringing to light issues such as marine and air pollution, biodiversity and forest conservation. This year, Earth Day celebrations will be focusing on the challenges and opportunities in combating climate change.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions set by the enhanced community quarantine, environmental groups and organizations have been preparing celebrations for Earth Day to take place online. With this, here are some of the ways you can celebrate Earth Day from the comfort of your own home.

Watch a documentary

One of the easiest ways to learn more about various environmental issues and how we can contribute to solutions is by watching a documentary. There’s a selection of documentaries that people can easily access online, and organizations around the country are helping inform more people by holding watch parties of documentaries on pressing issues that our country faces.

As part of their Earth Day celebrations, Save Philippine Seas and Danjugan Island will be holding a watch party of the “Dark Seas” episode from the “Night on Earth” docuseries. The organizations will begin the synchronized playback this Wednesday, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. through the Netflix Party web extension.

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Save Philippine Seas and Danjugan Island are co-hosting a Netflix Party to shellebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! 🍿🖥🥂 This virtual party will illuminate our evening on April 22 from 8-9PM (Philippine time) with a synchronized playback of the episode "Dark Seas” from the groundbreaking docuseries Night on Earth. 🦈🌊🌏 We invite scientists, advocates, and seatizens to join the chat on the side and ask questions, share reactions, recall encounters with the magical creatures in the episode, or just watch with us in awe. 😱🙌🏼🏕 Let our love for the sea light up this rather dark time in Earth's history. Even in the dark, life flourishes (and fluoresces)! 🌚✨🍃 To join this Netflix Party, 1. Register by clicking on the link in our IG bio. 2. You’ll need to have a Netflix account, and join the party on your desktop or laptop computers with the Google Chrome browser. 3. Download the Netflix Party extension for Google Chrome at www.netflixparty.com before the Party starts. 4. Watch out for the link we will email at 7:30PM on April 22, 2020 (Philippine time). 5. Prepare your snacks and/or drinks. (Optional) 6. Click on the link, and the NP icon on your Google Chrome browser, and join the party!

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Danjugan Island will also be hosting livestreams of the sunrise and sunset at the island through their Facebook accounts. They will also be hosting a watch party of the camps and cleanup events that have been held on the island.

World Wide Fund for Nature – Philippines will also be hosting watch parties on CNN Philippines’ documentaries “Going Green” and “Ted Turner: Captain Planet” on Apr. 14 and 26 respectively. These documentaries focus on the people who are looking for eco-friendly innovations and ways of life.

Another watch party you can catch is one hosted by Muni PH, who will be holding a synchronized playback and discussion on “The Story on Plastic.” The documentary discusses the effects of plastic pollution on ourselves and the environment through animations and archival footage from the 1930s.

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Join us for a watch party and discussion for The Story of Plastic on April 25, from 3-5:30PM. . THE STORY OF PLASTIC​ takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. . With original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being. . After the 90-minute film, a discussion follows with: 🌱 Froilan Grate (@zerowastefroi) of @zerowasteasia and @motherearthph 🌱 Tony La Viña (@tonylavs) of @theateneo and Manila Observatory 🌱 Sef Alba Carandang (@sefyrrr), of @sweep.ph and Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Inc. (PRRCFI) . Register for this event to receive the link to our scheduled community screening and discussion via bit.ly/SoP-PH or via the @muni_ph bio. . *** . THE STORY OF PLASTIC is presented by @storyofstuff. Since 2007, the nonprofit's 9 award-winning animated movies have been viewed over 50M times around the world and inspired millions in its global community to take action for systemic change. It is a member of @breakfreefromplastic, a global movement for a future free from plastic pollution. . This event is brought to you by @muni_ph, @walausik.tiangge, @sweep.ph, PRRCFI, @savephseas, @benildehifi, @newstory.greenreleaf and @forestfoundationph.

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Join seminars

Another way you can learn more about our planet while staying at home is by attending a web-based seminar. Environmentalists and experts have been doing their best to inform people on our environment’s current situation, and for this year’s Earth Day they will be coming together to engage and hold discussions on how people can contribute to positive change.

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative – Philippines will be holding a series of web-based seminars on topics like wildlife conservation and protection and environmental sustainability. Their first seminar, which will be held tomorrow, discusses how the pandemic affects the ocean and how people can help marine conservation efforts while in quarantine.

Danjugan Island will also be holding the “Marine and Wildlife Camps” webinar series. The seminars will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, giving participants the opportunity to hear from environmentalists and learn more about how their experiences can help improve the country’s conservation efforts.

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SUMMER CAMP AT YOUR HOME! GOOD NEWS: We are upgrading our webinar platform to accept more participants, as slots filled up fast! You may now continue to REGISTER at the link in our IG bio. 👌🏽 We miss the island, and we know you do, too*. So that we continue to be inspired by nature, while doing our part to protect each other by staying at home, we've lined up online activities for you and your family. MARINE AND WILDLIFE CAMPS 2020 – WEBINAR SERIES 🏝🦀🐟🐙🦉🦎🐝 Learn about the natural world through 4 sessions conducted on upcoming Tuesdays and Thursdays (April 21, 23, 28, 30) at 3:00 PM via Zoom. During the sessions, virtual campers of all ages will meet environmentalists and learn from their experiences. Each speaker will share insights on a topic, relating it to how conservation is needed to protect our future. Virtual campers can interact with speakers and each other 🤓 Swipe to see the topics and speakers 🍿 *Marine and Wildlife Camps 2020 in Danjugan Island are still on hold until further notice; email us at [email protected] if you have registered for this year or if you wish to inquire for future participation.

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Attend an online concert

Part of the fun of Earth Day celebrations is witnessing artists and their fans come together to support environmental efforts while sharing their talents through commemorative concerts. Since the implementation of the quarantine, artists have been holding online concerts as a way of promoting causes and gathering donations to help fight against COVID-19—and most of them will be doing the same during Earth Day.

Gabay Kalikasan, PLDT-Smart’s environmental protection program, will be holding the third wave of their “Earth Day Sessions” online concert. On Apr. 22, they will be hosting performances by Johnoy Danao, Ebe Dancel and Bullet Dumas as a way of promoting sustainability efforts.


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