10am Seattle Aquarium’s going to straight to the leaders of the environmental movement: Gen Z. Check the aquarium’s YouTube page for a live conservation with Ruby Kaill, a Seattle Aquarium Youth Ocean Advocate. Feeling inspired? Tweet your Earth Day–themed haikus (#MicropoemsOnMicroplastics) and check out the aquarium’s other Earth Action Week events online.
11am–2pm Hugo House’s virtual Earth Day write-in features prompts for poetry, op-eds, and letters to politicians, as well as opportunities to get advice from instructors. Pop in and out at your leisure (it’s lunchtime, after all).
12pm You can feed your burgeoning cooking skills (and reminisce about baseball stadium food) with T-Mobile Park’s head chef, Taylor Park, who’ll be making seafood and talking sustainable home cooking with folks from Ocean Conservancy via Zoom webinar.
7pm PacSci’s evening livestream throws some inspiring shade at other Earth Day events (“don’t worry, this Earth Day talk isn’t doom-and-gloom or a history lesson!”)—pour yourself a cold one and listen to University of Washington psychology professor Dr. Peter Kahn discuss the psychological effects of interacting with virtual nature. How relevant.
7:30pm Join PCC Farmland Trust and Town Hall Seattle for a live-streamed speech by best-selling authors Frances Moore Lappé (Diet for a Small Planet) and Anna Lappé (Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It). KNKX environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp will moderate a discussion with a panel of local Washington farmers adapting their work to address climate change.
7:30pm It'll cost you $10 to livestream a talk from Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (if you’re looking for a kumbaya-style Earth Day, this may not be the event for you). The post-talk Q&A, moderated by Sam Howe Verhovek, a Seattleite and former national correspondent for The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, will be free and open to the public starting around 8:30pm.
Whenever Check out last weekend’s special Earth Day issue of Pacific NW Magazine, featuring themed art from past and present Seattle Times artists that ranges from the cartoonish to the tragic—a solid encapsulation of everything Earth Day has been over the past 50 years.
Whenever Want to take action beyond Earth Day? The University of Washington’s put together a list of 50 things you can do to “embrace the principles of climate justice,” from subscribing to Indigenous Rising’s YouTube channel to creating a personal composting bin.