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Public gatherings for the 50th Earth Day celebration today were not an option due to social distancing. But 350 Eugene held an electric car parade to keep up spirits.

Karen Richards

Wednesday April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Though celebrations are from a distance this year, there are several ways to take part.


Beyond Toxics

Ahead of the 2020 election season, activism groups in Eugene have created the city’s first environmental justice and climate emergency candidate forums.

Photo by Eric Alan

This fall, over thirty pianists in nine countries will participate in Climate Keys, a project pairing concerts and climate change talks. Locally, pianist Alexander Schwarzkopf will pair with geologist Gregory Retallack, on November 8th at First United Methodist in Eugene, in a benefit for 350 Eugene. KLCC’s Eric Alan speaks with Alexander Schwarzkopf and Deb McGhee, co-founder of 350 Eugene.

Desmond O'Boyle

As world leaders gather in Paris at the Global Climate Summit this week environmental activists around the world held rallies and marches asking political leaders to develop a comprehensive plan addressing climate change.

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Last month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted final environmental approval for a gas pipeline and terminal on Oregon’s southern coast. Activists who oppose this project are holding trainings in Eugene through the weekend in preparation for a protest Monday in Salem.

The biggest climate march in history is happening on Sunday, and Oregon is joining in. Events around the world will bring together hundreds of organizations in a call for action to protect the air, food and water.

Demonstrations are centered in New York City, where a U.N. Climate Summit takes place Tuesday. The gathering in New York is expected to attract over 200-thousand people. Local rallies are planned for several Oregon communities, including Eugene.