Omaha Earth Day goes virtual with yoga classes, composting, rain barrels | Place – ABOUT MAG 2020

Saturday’s sunny weather was the perfect setting, as families came together practically for Earth Day Omaha.

The traditional celebration of Omaha Earth Day has been changed to a virtual meeting due to the COVID-19 limits on personal meetings. Families involved in yoga sessions, learned how to compost at home and watched live performances on the live recording of Earth Day Omaha. Internet network location.

Annabel Lee Major, a certified naturalist from Nebraska, said she was impressed with how the celebration was organized virtually. Major is a volunteer with the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program and participates annually in the celebration of Omaha Earth Day.

“They did a great job of representing many industries and nonprofits that would normally be present,” said Major.

Major said that demonstrations on composting and making a rain barrel were her favorites and motivated her to sign up for Hillside Solutions’ Compost Club. It is a composting program in which Hillside Solutions transforms household waste, such as food and paper products and yard waste, into dense soil into nutrients.

“I think these organizations, like Hillside Solutions, give us an idea of ​​how the world can move forward in an ecologically responsible, resilient and sustainable way,” said Major.

Brent Crampton, a member of the Earth Day council in Omaha, said the event was already planned when the council decided in mid-March to move to a virtual celebration.

“We saw that people were switching to virtual spaces as substitutes,” said Crampton.

Earth Day The organizers of Earth Day in Omaha and Sarpy County decided to collaborate and create a single virtual Earth Day event with the help of Sonburst Communications. Earth Day celebrations in Omaha County and Sarpy are usually a week apart.

“What we love about Earth Day is that it is the only time that all of Omaha’s sustainability comes together in the same place and that is unique,” said Crampton.

Participants were encouraged to share their family meetings and activities on Earth Day on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #VirtualEarthDayOmaha.

Omaha Earth Day also found a way to include suppliers, setting up a virtual map of Elmwood Park with blocked areas representing each supplier. Individuals could select a supplier area and information about the supplier appeared on the screen.

“I’m glad this option is available because it introduced me to some suppliers that I didn’t know existed,” said Major. “It is good to see the sense of community in Omaha, even though they are all spread out.”

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