The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives, but it hasn’t altered the love we have for this planet. We’re still committed to celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The Alliance Center is working with a team of partners across the Denver metro region to create a week of celebrations. Once it became clear that it was no longer safe to hold in-person events, we quickly made the shift to virtual engagements. Our idea is to replace gatherings we initially planned with online resources and calls to action so people can remain involved and connected. We are calling this virtual week of engagement Denver Earth Week 2020: Inside Edition. 

Part of this digital transition includes launching a brandnew Climate Bridges podcast! The podcast will premiere on Earth Day, April 22. Our goal is to create an intergenerational bridge – to encourage conversations between leaders of all ages and to learn how civic and climate action can translate to real results during this time of social distancing and beyond. We’ll pair youth climate leaders with veteran climate activists to discuss what drives them, the challenges they face and how they think we can best solve our most pressing problems. The conversations will range from food security to the circular economy, from what we each can do in our own backyards to our global impact as citizens of this earth. Each podcast will end with a call to action – steps you can take after listening to celebrate Earth Day every day. Our first interview will feature Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day, and Liliana Flanigan, a high school senior and youth climate activist from Grand Junction, Colorado.

Amid, and in spite of, present challenges please join us in celebrating Earth Week and the 50th Earth Day celebration! Share how you’re celebrating Earth Week with #DenverEarthWeek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! To learn more, check out Denver Earth Week 2020: Inside Edition to explore various ways you can celebrate our incredible planet.