JMore: Virtual Observances and Programs Commemorate Earth Day 50

Why was this Earth Day different from all other Earth Days?

There were many reasons. For one thing, this year’s national celebration of the planet turned 50. For another, this Earth Day, celebrated on Wednesday, Apr. 22, occurred in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, Earth Day 2020 was the first to take place entirely online.

But lest you think a virtual celebration of Earth Day is less momentous than the usual live Earth Day observances, think again.

Joelle Novey, director of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light: “All of us are called to protect and to restore This is the central reality we face.”