What’s Up Newp is sharing the following information on behalf of the Middletown Open Space and Fields Committee, Clean Ocean Access, and Aquidneck Island Earth Week Committee.

Each year, Earth Day falls on April 22. Earth Day was founded in 1970 and is celebrated by over 190 countries. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, honoring environmental activism, stewardship and sustainability efforts worldwide. 

To mark this event, the Aquidneck Island Earth Week Committee has been planning a week-long community celebration to take place during the week of April 18 through April 25. To align with Rhode Island’s stay-at-home order, all activities will be based on things that individuals and families can do online, at home or in their backyards. 

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The public is invited to participate in a variety of family-friendly programs that support environmental stewardship, awareness, and sustainability. By coming together and offering a full week of programming, partners hope to amplify each other’s efforts and highlight our connection with each other and with the natural world.

The Aquidneck Island Earth Week Committee formed in 2019 and is working in collaboration with over thirty local environmental organizations, schools and committees. Partners include Clean Ocean Access, Norman Bird Sanctuary,  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Aquidneck Land Trust, Bike Newport, The Aquidneck Island Intertribal Indian Council, Newport Film, Newport Art Museum, Aquidneck Community Table, Save the Bay, Newport Tree Conservancy, and Middletown’s Open Space & Fields Committee and Tree Commission. Additionally, Council members from Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth have passed resolutions to support Earth Week initiatives and unify efforts across the Island. 

Aquidneck Island Earth Week is an invitation to the entire community to celebrate environmental protection and our connection with nature. Plans include live-streamed events, virtual film screenings and environmental activities that individuals, students and families can do from home. This includes a Virtual Student Showcase with environmentally-themed project ideas that students can design and create at home over the next two weeks. Additionally, the Greenlove Foundation will announce the name of a local organization that has been chosen as the recipient of a new water bottle filling station. Dates and times will be announced on the Aquidneck Island Earth Week website. 

Please note that all programs are subject to change given the evolving situation with the pandemic. Stay tuned for upcoming events at the Aquidneck Island Earth Week website: https://tinyurl.com/rqwfyz7 and be sure to follow the Aquidneck Island Earth Week on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Aquidneck-Island-Earth-Week-110573710533017/

In honor of the 50th birthday of Earth Day, let us all consider how this moment is a reminder of our connections with each other and with the planet. 


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