#EarthLove 2020

Roosevelt Island Celebrates Earth Day Online! April 22 - 26, 2020

Join us as we celebrate Five for Fifty, 5 days for 50 years

Earth Day began on April 22nd, 1970 and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event! Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, this year’s second annual Roosevelt Island #EarthLove Day event had to be cancelled. 

However, starting Wednesday, April 22nd, through Sunday, April 26th, RIOC and partners iDig2Learn, the Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC), Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors (GRIN), and more upcoming partners, present five days of interactive activities to show your #EarthLove for Roosevelt Island. 

Each day we will add new initiatives, sharing at-home and online activities for you and your family to participate in via RIOC’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. All initiatives will also be posted on this page but be sure to follow us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

To see a recap of some of the amazing efforts from our virtual friends who participated in #EarthLove 2020, as well as the tree code answers, click here!

Wednesday, April 22nd- EARTH DAY!

Day 1: Gratitude

Happy #EarthDay2020! Celebrating 50 Years!

Please join us by posting random acts of kindness you have participated in or observed, to each other and to the Earth.

Another option, suggested by a UN International School 5th grader, create a picture with a caption related to Mother Nature that shows what you are grateful for.

Be sure to use the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EarthLove, and tag us in each post. We look forward to seeing your posts on Facebook, as well as on Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday, April 23rd

Day 2: Food

With the food scrap collection being suspended for the time being, share your creative ways to use more of your food scraps (i.e. Soup, eggshells, etc.) by posting your pics and tagging us on Facebook and using the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EarthLove

To learn how to cook more of your food to reduce food waste: foodprint.org/blog/eco-friendly-cooking-eat-green-cookbook/

To support Local Farmers, order food directly from them at Farm to People: nyc.farmtopeople.com

Learn how to compost at home while the NYC program is on hold: npr.org/2020/04/07/828918397/how-to-compost-at-home

Friday, April 24th

Day 3: Trees

Join on us on an indoor chalk walk of Roosevelt Island. Go to our Facebook or Instagram to let us know where on the island you can find the below trees. Also, post a pic of your favorite tree on Roosevelt Island and tag us! 

Use the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EarthLove. Be sure to keep up your social distancing!

Gingko Biloba Maidenhair tree photo C. Delfico iDig2Learn

Saturday, April 25th

Day 4: Upcycling

Sorting plastic, glass, and paper is more important than ever,
especially because of the hard work our essential workers are doing here on Roosevelt Island!

Share your efforts by posting a pic showcasing your creative upcycle projects that reuse household items destined for the trash! Tag using the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EarthLove


Tree Alphabet Game

Each day we will be posting a special tree coded message.Click on the below Tree Alphabet, created by Katie Holten, which will enable you to decode a new picture each day. Use the alphabet, or go to nyctrees.org to create your own messages. Be sure to use the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EarthLove when you post!

Check our Facebook posts for each day’s hidden tree message!

Tree Alphabet Opens in new window

Sunday April 26th

Day 5: Birds, Bees, and Butterflies 

Share your photos of Birds, Bees, & Butterflies from Roosevelt Island. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EarthLove

Be sure to continue practicing social distancing!