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Earth Day was primed for a big celebration this year -- it's 50th. But with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it's an event that can't be celebrated with a big party. Still, that doesn't mean teachers (and parents teaching at home) can't connect with students on a broad array of environmental issues.

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James Horrox
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

It’s almost clichéd to say of environmental challenges that “everything’s connected.” But in the case of the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, it is now clear that unsustainable practices on the other side of the globe – along with those taking place right in our own backyards – are increasingly putting our health at risk.

For 50 years, schools and communities across the country have celebrated Earth Day, holding educational events, clean-up projects and other activities to help kids learn about the planet and ways to protect it. But this year’s Earth Day school celebrations face a unique challenge. We pulled together a set resources that teachers can use in their virtual classrooms.

It’s nice to be reminded that the world is so much bigger than the few rooms or blocks that most of us have been confined to for the past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of some of great natural spaces you can check out on your computer from the friendly confines of your own living room.

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

A huge petrochemical plant is receiving $1.6 billion worth of subsidies from Pennsylvania. Does plastic manufacturing and fracking deserve that kind of support?

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

When companies engage in environmentally destructive behavior and fail to clean up after themselves, the rest of us pay -- either with a degraded landscape or with our tax dollars.

Social distancing may mean putting a pause on certain outdoor adventures. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the natural world from the comfort of your own home. Consider watching some (or all) of these 14 nature films to make you feel like you are summiting a mountain or trekking through the Amazon.

Guest blog from John Ammondson of Environment New Mexico about his daily neighborhood walks and reminders that he has found of nature all around us

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Wendy Wendlandt
Acting President, Environment America; Senior Vice President and Political Director, The Public Interest Network

Taking a socially-distanced walk around your neighborhood is a great way to get out of the house, stretch your legs, and see some of the wonder of the natural world in your own backyard. Here is a list of 10 ways to appreciate nature on a walk around your neighborhood.

Looking for a great book about nature? We got you covered. We asked some of our staff to share their favorites.