Join us April 20-24 for online events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. This year’s theme is climate action. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
Earth Day aims to educate and mobilize more than one billion people around the globe to grow and support the next generation of environmental activists. There’s so much we all can do to help protect and restore our planet, and it is our hope that these events will encourage each of you to join in, celebrate our beautiful planet and work together toward a more resilient future that we all can be proud of.
For more thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day check out Secretary Crowfoot’s latest blog post.
#CalEarthDay50 Social Media Kickoff: Join the Natural Resources Agency and departments all week on social media as we share how we are celebrating Earth Day. Share how you are celebrating Earth Day with #CalEarthDay50, #HowISavethePlanet, and #WhyISavethePlanet.
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Need ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day Week?
- Plant a garden or showcase your existing garden
- Commit to walking or biking to essential errands
- Tree planting or adopt a tree
- Backyard composting
- At-home zero waste challenge
- Energy upgrades: swapping out light bulbs, safely dispose of old appliances, etc.
- Protecting pollinators activity: create "bee condos" as a backyard activity
- Make a sustainable face mask: use sustainably sourced cloth, cut up old clothing so you do not need to buy anything new, etc.
- Buy California-grown, local foods
CNRA Educational Portal Launch: Check out the Natural Resources Agency’s new educational portal with fun resources from across all our departments, bringing, nature, culture, science and learning for all!
Earth Day Secretary Speaker Series: Join Secretary Crowfoot and special guests to reflect on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in today's current climate and look ahead to the next 50 years. Watch live on our Natural Resources YouTube page. This event will also be available for viewing following the live event.
If you want to ask a question to the panelists during the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural Resources Science "TED Talks": Learn about different science underway at the Natural Resources Agency. Hear directly from scientists on what they're doing to protect and enhance our natural resources.
Julie Ekstrom manages the Urban Unit of the Water Use Efficiency Branch at California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Her group’s work involves developing guidance, standards, and assistance to water suppliers and local governments to implement several water conservation and drought planning requirements and broader water management planning. Before joining the State government, for over a decade, she was a researcher at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, focusing on the process of climate change adaptation and developing climate risk assessments for local to international levels in different resource sectors.
Julie earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resources Studies from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Marine Science from UC Santa Barbara.
Petra has worked for the State since 2000, when she started working as a Student Assistant in what was then called Northern District. Now, she works in the Division of Environmental Sciences helping DWR comply with mercury regulations. She enjoys working in the field and plants.
Tristin McHugh, is the North Coast Regional Manager and Restoration Programs Manager for Reef Check California, and is based in Fort Bragg, CA. Tristin received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Following graduation, Tristin led a number of projects spanning the Pacific Northwest, all of which focused on kelp forest ecosystem dynamics and long-term monitoring. Now, Tristin is involved in efforts to understand changes happening in the North Coast of CA by conducting underwater surveys with the Reef Check team, and utilizing that information to work with managers and approach kelp forest restoration efforts.
Melissa earned her BS and MS in Wildlife Management at the University of New Hampshire, and her DVM at the University of California, Davis. She completed Residency and PhD training in Veterinary Pathology at UC Davis, and has worked as a Veterinarian, Pathologist and Research Scientist at the CDFW-OSPR Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz since 1999. Melissa’s research focuses centers on health and conservation risks for California’s marine wildlife, especially threatened and endangered species, and animals that are most vulnerable to oil spills. Her areas of research specialization include pathology, infectious disease, land-sea pollution, and marine and freshwater biotoxin.
Anthony Ng supervises the Tech-to-Market unit in the California Energy Commission’s Research and Development Division. The mission of Tech-to-Market is to reduce non-technical barriers that may prevent new clean energy technologies from reaching the market. Anthony oversees a suite of projects focused on providing clean energy entrepreneurs the funding, tools, knowledge and resources needed to advance and scale their technologies. Anthony received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University California Davis and also served as a Supply Officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Nate Roth is Geographic Information Officer for the California Department of Conservation (DOC). In that role, he leads DOC’s work in applying geospatial data to enhance science-based decision-making. An expert in the field, Nate also collaborates with other government entities and non-governmental organizations to encourage the effective use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial data. Before coming to DOC, Nate worked for the University of California, Davis as a GIS project lead and programmer. In that role he developed geospatial tools, trained diverse user groups in their use, and supported multiple large interagency data collection, cataloging, and analysis efforts related to land use, transportation, and land and natural resource conservation.
Nathaniel has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of California, Davis as well as a B.S. in Environmental Biology and Management, also from UC Davis.
Alicia Seesholtz has worked for the Department of Water Resources, Division of Environmental Services for 20 years. She joined the Feather River Program in 2001 and while she has worked on several different fish species, her fascination with sturgeon began in 2003. She currently leads the Feather River Sturgeon Studies and is the Department’s sturgeon specialist/expert.
Dylan Stern is a senior environmental scientist with the Delta Science Program, part of the Delta Stewardship Council, where he has worked since 2015. A proud civil service scientist, he is particularly interested in the complex intersection of water quality, ecology, and water supply in the Delta. Stern holds a master's in environmental science and management from UC Santa Barbara and a bachelor’s in environmental science from California State University, Chico. He was previously an environmental scientist at Tetra Tech and a staff scientist at Bachand & Associates.
Mr. Taylor is a Senior Engineer at the California Energy Commission, focused on building decarbonization and demand flexibility. Mr. Taylor is also the Energy Commission representative to the Governor’s Sustainable Building Working Group, a role he has held for nearly a decade. Mr. Taylor has been with the Energy Commission since 1999, working on a variety of program areas including building and appliance standards; demand management; renewable energy; healthcare, lighting, and industrial efficiency; and power plant air quality impact analysis.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering, with an undergraduate emphasis in energy technology and policy.
Nature Near You Bioblitz: The Natural Resources Agency is teaming up with the California Academy of Sciences for a neighborhood bioblitz. Join a global network of people by downloading the iNaturalist app, and start observing, sharing, and discussing nature found near you.