Virtual Earth Week

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Join us as we CELEBRATE Clean Air, Land, and Water

April 18 - April 24, 2021

WELCOME TO EARTH WEEK 2021

Red Wing and the surrounding areas are some of the most beautiful areas in the country.  We have a variety of landscapes, natural and cultural features, and opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy activities on the land, on/in the water, and in the air.

We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day was held in 1970.  Back then, Americans were consuming vast amounts of leaded gas through massive and inefficient automobiles, industries belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of the consequences and air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity.  In 1970 Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans – at the time, 10% of the population – to take to the streets, parks, auditoriums to demonstrate in support for a cleaner environment and for changes that needed to be made.   Earth Day 1970 led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of o the first of their kind environmental laws, including the National Environmental Education Act, Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.  

Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national, and local policy changes.  Now, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day.

Red Wing Earth Day 2021 Action Activities

Local organizations and businesses have collaborated to offer a variety of activities, virtual and live, to educate and encourage us to take action. Click on the Air, Land, Water, or Take Action tabs below, for details. By working together, we can clean our community and make the necessary changes so we have cleaner air, lands, and water for generations to come!   

*** In-person events COVID-19 guidelines: The City recommends anyone attending in-person events practice social distancing and wear a mask. If you have a question about events specific Covid protocols, please contact the event organizer. 

  1. AIR
  2. LAND
  3. WATER
  4. TAKE ACTION

View Red Wing's natural beauty through the lens of Red Wing Photography Club members. 
Eyewitness - Minnesota Voices on Climate Change elevates the human experience of climate change through personal narrative and creative expression.  Order your copy at Fair Trade Books or by emailing info@climategen.org.  After Earth Week, we will be gathering for a community discussion.  Date and location is to be decided and will be posted on the Friends of the Bluffs website.
Learn more about Xcel Energy's carbon reduction efforts and vision of carbon-free electricity by 2050.

Clean Energy Plan | Xcel Energy: What Xcel Energy is doing to help the environment.

Carbon Reduction Plan | Xcel Energy: Xcel Energy's Carbon Reduction Plan, looking at their past, present, and future.

Residential Services: What residents can do with their energy usage to help the environment - energy efficiency, rebates, home services, program choices, and electric vehicles.
Children visiting the library may take home their own backyard bird feeder craft kit! Available through browsing appointments Monday and Tuesday and Express Library Walk-In visits Wednesday – Saturday.  Curbside pickup upon request.  While supplies last.When: Monday, April 19 - Saturday, April 24
Live Well Goodhue County wants to encourage you to drive less and bike more by biking to work, school, or around town the week of April 18th. The more cars we can get off our streets, even if for a week, the better it will be for the environment. Transportation currently produces 28% of the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission in the U.S, if we can switch to biking or walking as a mode of transportation we can help to reduce the CO2. (epa.gov). Too much Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere warms the atmosphere and the oceans which can cause climate change (Nasa.gov). Let’s take the pledge to reduce the CO2 emission this week by dusting off our bikes and using them instead of a car.
Below are some of the National Eagle Centers educational videos.

- One Determined Eagle: Angel's Story

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: Tundra Swans

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: Native American Mounds

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: Endangered Species of the Mississippi River

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: Peregrine Falcons

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: The Effect of DDT on Eggs

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: Eagle Digestion & Lead

- Adventures in Eagle Territory: Goat Prairies & Golden Eagles 

Learn what actions you can take in your own home to help fight Climate Change.


Download Take Action! (PDF)


Make a Difference: Take the Earth Week Pledge!


How much positive change can you make in a week? This year, we encourage everyone to take the Earth Week Pledge. During Earth Week, make just one change in your habits for a healthier world. Maybe that's swapping driving a car for riding a bike, or reducing your water use, or picking up litter in our parks. Whatever your pledge, we'd love to see it! Print off the Earth Week Pledge PDF below, write in your pledge, and send us a picture to add right here on our website or share on social media. Or use the hashtag #EarthWeekPledge on your own social media accounts and tag us!

Virtual Earth Week 2021 is made possible by the following partners:

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