Earth Day 2020 in Sonoma County

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2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, an annual event that has its roots in California. However, Earth Day looks a little bit different this year. Celebrating and protecting our planet this year for Earth Day is taking place at home. Yet there are so many ways we can still take part in Earth Day. Whether near or far, discover a few ways you can celebrate Earth Day with Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Earth Day Cookbook

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we’ve curated a collection of plant-based and no-waste recipes. We tapped Sonoma County’s makers and food lovers to share some of their favorite recipes from their home to yours. Find your next favorite recipe, from veggie curries to pesto and much more. Start cooking here!

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Earth Action Week at Home

Simply put, Earth Day is bigger than just one day. Take the City of Sonoma, for example, which is inviting people to join in their virtual Earth Action Week at home. This includes ways for kids and adults alike to learn about the natural environment, plus opportunities for people to take action. Locals, for example, can pick up a garden starter pack, while those near or afar can learn ways to make an impact without even leaving their home. Visit Sonoma’s Earth Action Week page to learn more.

Sonoma County Vintners and Winegrowers Virtual Sustainability Panel

Sonoma County has a record breaking 99 percent of its local vineyards certified sustainable, making it the most sustainable wine region in the world. This Earth Day, you can join local winemakers and grape growers virtually, to learn what this means and why you should be drinking sustainably. Taking place via Zoom on Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, the virtual sustainability panel will be moderated by Wine Enthusiast contributing editor, Virginie Boone. Learn more, and register, on the Sonoma County Vintners website.

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Sonoma Land Trust Online Nature Journaling Workshop

Sonoma Land Trust, which protects open space throughout Sonoma County, has been hosting a number of virtual events in recent weeks. For Earth Day, Sonoma Land Trust is hosting a virtual nature journaling workshop. Register here, and bring a notebook, journal, and a piece of fruit or vegetable.

Lyrid Meteor Shower Live Stream

Just in time for Earth Day 2020 is the Lyrid Meteor Shower, and the Sonoma Ecology Center is here to be your guide with their Zoom livestream tonight at 9 p.m. Occurring through April 25, the Lyrid meteor shower takes place annually from mid- to late-April. The peak will be late tonight (April 21), and continuing into the early hours of Earth Day. From your backyard, and with a dark enough sky, you could see as many as 10-20 meteors over the course of an hour.

Sign the Travel Kindly Pledge

Finally, while you may not be able to travel to Sonoma County now, we invite you to sign the Sonoma County Travel Kindly Pledge. In doing so, we commit to making a positive impact to the health and well-being of our local communities, abundance of experiences, and beautiful natural landscapes. Think local, plan ahead, leave no trace, tread lightly, make an impact, spread kindness, go beyond, and be mindful. These words seem as important for this Earth Day as ever before.

Sign the Travel Kindly Pledge

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