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Earth Day 2020

Earth Day

Students working in the SES Ecodome.

You can still celebrate Earth Day with Loyola and SES!

Loyola’s campuses may be closed but we will still celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2020.

Earth Day is an opportunity to take stock, reflect, and set new goals for the coming months. In a time when we are protecting our community by staying indoors, we value what we may have taken for granted; our outdoors, our parks, our trees, our lakes and rivers, and connecting with each other in these spaces.

We are asking each of you to do something this Earth Day, Earth Week, Earth Month. To help we are providing the following options and encourage you to connect as a community virtually using social media. This is a curated list of opportunities and doesn’t include everything. As we are now spread across the country and world you may have something happening locally that is a better option. What is important is that you do something.


  1. Earth Day Live – Participate in this virtual event. There are three days of Earth Day content with local virtual events occurring all over the country.
  2. Earth Week with the Ignatian Solidarity Network. They are inviting our community to join them in a meat fast from Wednesday through Friday. Interested participants can also sign up to receive shared prayers and suggestions to connect with nature via text throughout the days of April 22 through April 24, 2020.

Personal Actions:

  1. Community Service: Here are a few organizations to engage in community service with Litter Free Edgewater, Litterati, and Chicago Region Volunteering listed on NPR.
  2. Citizen Science: Chicago Wildlife Watch camera ID, Stall Catcher’s Alzheimer’s research, and Wildwatch Burrowing Owl project
  3. Deep reflection and learning: Consider participating in the Coronavirus Examen (created by Loyola’s own Susan Haarman) and engaging in activities through the Catholic Climate Project,
  4. One Earth Mini-Film Festival: There’s also this mini-film fest from April 20-26 put on by the One Earth Film Festival. This is particularly exciting because SES student Natalie Shoultz won an honorable mention in this film festival with a piece she submitted through Professor Nancy Landrum’s class. The screening of Natalie’s film “Racism and the Environmental Movement” will be shown on April 25 and you'll need to register for tickets. We invite you to watch and celebrate her hard work and creativity.