Earth Day 2022:
Invest in Our Planet

Arizona Public Media Celebrates Earth Day
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

The official theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet.

Feature Teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg holds a sign in Swedish that translates to "school strike for the climate". (PHOTO: Courtesy of Banfa Jawla/BBC Studios)
Resources
Enjoy a special collection of stories, programs and educational assets that highlight nature, the environment, climate, and protecting the planet.

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Earth Day 2022EarthDay.org EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 150,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet. Explore More
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Celebrate Earth Day 2022US Environmental Protection Agency On April 22, we celebrate our shared home by learning how to best protect it and create a brighter, healthier future for all people. Explore More
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Throughline: Force of NatureFrom NPR Rivers on fire, acid rain falling from the sky, species going extinct, oil spills, polluted air, and undrinkable water: For so long, we didn't think of our planet as a place to preserve. In this episode, what led to Earth Day - and what Earth Day led to. Listen Now
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Witness History: Environmental HistoryFrom BBC World Major moments that changed our understanding of the planet we live on. Listen Now
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Your Life Kit for living more sustainablyFrom NPR Climate change calls for long-term, systemic solutions, but that doesn't mean we can't all strive to live more sustainably. Life Kit is here with solutions from your kitchen to your closet. Explore More
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The Earth Day CollectionFrom PBS LearningMedia Bring environmental justice and awareness into your classroom this Earth Day with these videos, articles, and lesson plans. Explore More
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15 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day With KidsFrom PBS KIDS Kids are never too young to appreciate nature and care for their communities by tending to the environment. Explore More
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Explore the OutdoorsFrom PBS KIDS Explore the outdoors, discover fun nature crafts, and learn more about the world outside our doorsteps. Explore More
Features
StoryEarth Emergency This revealing film examines how human activity is setting off dangerous warming loops. Now streaming.
StoryChanging Planet Join Dr. M. Sanjayan for an environmental health check of Earth’s vulnerable habitats. Now streaming.
StoryGreta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World Follow Greta Thunberg as she steps from behind the podium and onto the front lines. Members can stream all episodes with AZPM Passport.
StoryExpedition with Steve Backshall Join Steve Backshall in uncharted territory to uncover the world’s last unknown places. Now streaming.
StoryMy Garden of a Thousand Bees In this NATURE special, a wildlife filmmaker follows the bees in his urban garden, during the COVID-19 lockdown, and discovers the many diverse species and personalities that exist in this insect family. Now streaming.
StoryThe Desert Speaks Through intriguing storytelling and stunning photography, viewers find out about the people, plants, animals and archaeology of arid regions throughout the New World. Members can stream episodes with AZPM Passport.
StoryAdaptation Visit communities around the world as they adapt to climate change in surprising ways. Now streaming.
StoryArctic Drift From NOVA, a team of scientists face hungry polar bears, perilous sea ice cracks, and brutal cold, as they strive to understand the forces that are changing the region—and the world—forever. Now streaming.
StoryClimate Change: The Facts Experts examine the impact of climate change and possible solutions to this global threat. Now streaming.
StoryThe Power of Big Oil From FRONTLINE, a new three-part documentary series on the oil industry and its relationship to climate change. Part 1, now streaming. Part 2 airs April 26 and Part 3 airs May 3 on PBS 6.
StoryReef Rescue From NOVA, scientists from around the globe are rushing to help corals adapt to a changing climate through assisted evolution. Now streaming.
StoryCan we Cool the Planet? From NOVA, as global temperatures rise, scientists are exploring solutions from planting trees to sucking carbon out of the air to geoengineering. But would they work? Now streaming.
Stories
Celebrate Earth Day with this collection of stories from AZPM.
As the drought grinds on, Maricopa County homeowners take advantage of xeriscape incentivesAs the drought grinds on, Maricopa County homeowners take advantage of xeriscape incentives Megadrought and low runoff conditions accelerated by climate change have resulted in record low water levels in Lakes Powell and Mead
How one Wickenburg cattle ranch puts sustainability at its coreHow one Wickenburg cattle ranch puts sustainability at its core Regenerative agriculture means leaving the land better than it was found.
Population increase for endangered red squirrels in ArizonaPopulation increase for endangered red squirrels in Arizona State Game and Fish Department officials said that the annual survey estimates that there currently are 156 of the rare squirrels, up from 109 last year.
AZ Capitol Christmas tree keeps forest healthyAZ Capitol Christmas tree keeps forest healthy The state used a tree that was part of a thinning project.
Forest Service warns about dangers of shipping container wallForest Service warns about dangers of shipping container wall The state is placing the barriers in the Coronado National Forest.
UArizona Health Sciences receives grant to study PFAS mitigation in firefighters' bloodUArizona Health Sciences receives grant to study PFAS mitigation in firefighters' blood Arizona Board of Regents grant will further an Australian study that could minimize forever chemicals' impact on health.
Tucson Parks and Recreation looks for feedback on Reid Park remodelTucson Parks and Recreation looks for feedback on Reid Park remodel The Reid Park Master Plan Concept reveals a design centered on biodiversity expansion.
Updated recovery plan for Mexican wolves aims to reduce human-caused deathsUpdated recovery plan for Mexican wolves aims to reduce human-caused deaths The plan aims to further protect the endangered wolves through increased law enforcement, education and outreach to communities near where the wolves live.
Tribe continues fight against proposed Arizona copper mineTribe continues fight against proposed Arizona copper mine The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state Department of Environmental Quality illegally issued a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed Resolution Copper Mine.
Reclaimed WaterReclaimed Water Ever wonder how sewage gets turned into clean water? Here is a behind the scenes peek at Tucson Water’s reclaimed water system and what that process looks like
Sandhill cranes return to wintering grounds in southeastern ArizonaSandhill cranes return to wintering grounds in southeastern Arizona People can watch from home on AZ Game and Fish live stream.
Insects find a new home on Santa Cruz RiverInsects find a new home on Santa Cruz River It has been two years since a new species has moved to the area.
Field Notes: FungiField Notes: Fungi Arizona Illustrated producer David Fenster looks back on a 15 year love affair with mushrooms and shares excerpts from the many films he’s made on the subject.
Back to NatureBack to Nature When a golf course closed in Oro Valley, residents fought to make it a nature preserve—so the wildlife could thrive.
The Masked BobwhiteThe Masked Bobwhite Join Hannah Pierce as she walks us through what it takes to save a species from extinction.
Slow, steady and high tech: Study using GPS to track Sonoran desert tortoisesSlow, steady and high tech: Study using GPS to track Sonoran desert tortoises Sonoran desert tortoises can hold water for up to a year, Rubke said. That matters given that Arizona is in a megadrought.
Feds want the ability to cut back on Colorado River reservoir releases over the next two yearsFeds want the ability to cut back on Colorado River reservoir releases over the next two years On Friday, the Interior Department began the process of revising existing guidelines for water management in the Colorado River basin.
Desert Plants: IronwoodDesert Plants: Ironwood The tree known in the U.S./Mexico borderlands as desert ironwood or palo fierro is one of many woody legumes found in washes and hillside drainages in the Sonoran Desert.
Lunar TrackerLunar Tracker Every year Weaver Younghands creates lunar trackers, beautiful planning tools, similar to calendars, that are rooted in desert ecology and organized by moon cycles.
Arizona Wines: The Edge of What’s PossibleArizona Wines: The Edge of What’s Possible Arizona isn’t your typical wine grape-growing region, and viticulture here sits right on the edge of what’s possible.
Iconic Strong Arm was one of many saguaros killed by climate change, deadly bacteriaIconic Strong Arm was one of many saguaros killed by climate change, deadly bacteria For close to two centuries, Strong Arm stood sentinel over the Tortolita Preserve near Marana.
Robert McDonald: PhotographerRobert McDonald: Photographer We join renowned landscape photographer Robert McDonald and his 1977 Ford Bronco on a shoot in the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff.
Desert Plants: AgaveDesert Plants: Agave Scientists have identified more than 250 types of agaves in North America, some of them grow right here in Arizona
Lizard WalkLizard Walk The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists work to educate and inspire the public through talks, demonstrations, and desert walks.
Campus ArboretumCampus Arboretum Take a walk around the University of Arizona's Campus Arboretum, and step back in time.
Pantano Bat BridgePantano Bat Bridge Every summer evening at sunset, thousands of Mexican Free-tail bats can be seen as a swirling dark cloud at the Pantano Wash before going out to feed.
‘Good Samaritan’ bill aims to allow cleanup of abandoned, leaking mines‘Good Samaritan’ bill aims to allow cleanup of abandoned, leaking mines A bill in Congress could help Arizona clean up old mines.
Field Notes: Coral BeansField Notes: Coral Beans For most of the year Coral Beans look like dried up sticks, then in the spring, its brilliant red flowers bloom.
The Buzz: Dealing with Arizona's PFAS problemThe Buzz: Dealing with Arizona's PFAS problem Why are the chemical class also known as forever chemicals so dangerous, and what's being done to fix the problem?
50 Years of Tucson Bonsai50 Years of Tucson Bonsai Since the Tucson Bonsai Society was founded in 1972, it has inspired generations of people to delve into this ancient tradition right here in Arizona.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra premieres "Helios", and welcomes a friend from the final frontier - actor John de Lancie.True Concord Voices & Orchestra premieres "Helios", and welcomes a friend from the final frontier - actor John de Lancie. Also on Arizona Spotlight: Patrick Robles, president of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona Student, urges the City of Tucson to keep public transit free; and The Tucson Orchid Society celebrates 50 years of shared fascination.
First-ever 'Oracle Dark Sky Cultural Festival' is this weekFirst-ever 'Oracle Dark Sky Cultural Festival' is this week Residents embrace the economic boost to the town.
The Benefits of a NestboxThe Benefits of a Nestbox Olya Weekley of the Tucson Audubon Society shares how we can help local birds by providing safe places to nest.
Rattlesnakes and toads out during monsoon seasonRattlesnakes and toads out during monsoon season Herpatologists get plenty of rattlesnake calls in August.
Water managers see promise in recycling sewageWater managers see promise in recycling sewage It could be a solution for the shrinking Colorado River
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