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Celebrating Earth Day in 2020

Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 20:04:35-04

Walking along the beach on North Padre Island, 8-year-old Ella Guajardo and her mom cleaned up abandoned trash along the coast.

"It's saving the earth because we only have one." she said. "We need to pick up trash so we can save the animals. I found lot of different things -- lots of rope and lots of straws."

It's how they decided to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, inspired by an online challenge from her own teachers.

"Flour Bluff Elementary kinda encouraged the kiddos to do something to celebrate Earth Day so we decided to pick up trash." Monica Franco said.

And while large scale cleanups or community tree planting won't be happening this year, there are many practical things you can do near your own home or even online.

In fact, there are more options than ever to get involved virtually during the Coronavirus Pandemic. This year, the global movement has gone digital.

The Earth Day Network is hosting Earth Day Live -- a livestream featuring stories, performances and opportunities for digital collective action.

Locally, the Texas State Aquarium hosted their own virtual session to educate viewers on why animal tracking is important for the ecosystem.

Back on land, we may not be able to travel to National Parks. But you can travel over to their website and explore the great outdoors while staying inside.

Virtual tours of their parks are available as well as live webcam video streaming.

For another out of this world virtual experience, head over to NASA's website to experience Earth from a different perspective.

If you're tired of virtual experiences, go for a walk and appreciate nature, or try some of these activities from home.