Celebrate Earth Day With These 5 Cool Virtual Events

Learn to look after the planet this Earth Day
Learn to look after the planet this Earth Day | © Colin D. Young / Alamy Stock Photo
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Assistant Editor20 April 2020

Celebrate Earth Day on 22 April digitally this year with online events ranging from film and design to science and cooking.

Watch the short film ‘Spaghetti Junction’

The BBC’s newly launched arts and culture platform Culture in Quarantine will be broadcasting a short film called Spaghetti Junction, recorded at and named after the infamous traffic junction just outside of Birmingham in the UK. A collaboration between Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet and award-winning choreographer Corey Baker, Spaghetti Junction is a dance film featuring a handful of professional performers, which will aim to raise awareness of the impact of climate change. It’ll be made available on BBC Arts from 7am BST on Earth Day.

‘Spaghetti Junction’ will aim to raise awareness of the impact of climate change | © A.P.S. (UK) / Alamy Stock Photo

Join Dezeen’s virtual Design Festival

Architecture and design magazine Dezeen launched its first ever Virtual Design Festival on 15 April, showcasing the work of international designers through online lectures, talks, movies, product launches and more. On Earth Day, the founder of Dezeen’s sustainable architecture forum The World Around will host a series of interviews with international architects, designers and visionaries whose work focuses on environmental issues.

Experience Olafur Eliasson’s participatory art

Olafur Eliasson, known for his large-scale interactive artworks, will be unveiling his new work Earth perspectives on 22 April. The work envisions and idealises multiple versions of how the Earth could look, not only from human perspectives but also those of plants, animals and nature. Earth perspectives will be launched as part of Back to Earth, an annual project from London’s Serpentine Galleries.

Olafur Eliasson is known for his large-scale, immersive works, such as this installation on top of ARoS art museum in Aarhus, Denmark | © Oliver Hoffmann / Alamy Stock Photo

Learn how to improve the Earth with NASA

In the lead up to Earth Day, NASA is hosting a series of virtual events, including science activities, videos and more, all under the hashtag #EarthDayAtHome. The activities will culminate with an episode of ‘NASA Science Live’ on 22 April, in which NASA scientists will discuss how NASA technology is used to understand and improve the environment. And that’s not all: at 12.10pm ET, astronaut Chris Cassidy will be hosting a live Q&A from aboard the orbiting International Space Station.

See things from a new point of view with NASA’s virtual events | © NASA Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

Join a virtual sustainable cooking class

The Sprouting Kitchen, a community of global cooking classes that focuses on nutritious ingredients sourced from local farms, is hosting an online cooking class on Zoom this Earth Day. Participants will be cooking miso butter beans with a zhoug sauce. The class starts at 5pm MDT and is free to join – simply register beforehand.

Take part in a virtual cooking class | © agefotostock / Alamy Stock Photo

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