25 Facts About the First Earth Day and 25 Ways You Can Celebrate

“Climate Action” is the theme of Earth Day 2020, but first, let’s hop in our time machines to see what the very first Earth Day was like. What was the catalyst for Earth Day? Who came up with it? What did people do to mark it throughout Connecticut? 25 Facts About Earth Day: The first …

Movie Mondays: Chasing Coral

Watching time tick away while you click through YouTube clips? Why not watch something inspirational? This week Netflix has made Chasing Coral available for free on YouTube. Visit coral reefs around the world to engage with incredible animals and the amazing ways they are fighting for survival against climate change. Chasing Coral not only details …

21 Day Earth Challenge: 21 and Done

It’s been three weeks since Science Straight Up nudged me toward swapping throwaway coffee cups with a reusable mug. How did I do? It was around the beginning of the third week that I cracked. Somehow I left both travel mugs at work, and in the midst of a particularly stressful morning, decided I could …

21 Day Earth Challenge: Flexing

Something that “Our Changing Earth” drives home is the need for resilience. Extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and intensifying in impact, and it is becoming more likely that we will be facing multiple hazards at once. The exhibit emphasizes preparing for natural disasters; could it hurt to be more flexible in our personal …

21 Day Earth Challenge: Mugs For Days

It’s been one week since we started the #21DayEarthChallenge and I am in it to win it. Day One: It’s not as if there were no mugs in my cupboards, and that fact has gnawed at me. Why has it been so difficult to open a door, take out a mug, and carry it when …

21 Day Earth Challenge: Our Changing Earth, Ourselves

Is there a better way to celebrate the opening of the Connecticut Science Center’s “Our Changing Earth” exhibit than to plunge right into the hard stuff and explore climate change? With a little levity, that’s exactly what we did at Science Straight Up, the adults-only happy hour event. Because I’m still an eight year-old at …

Puzzled By Goal Setting?

Bleak and frigid January may be when you think about setting new goals, but several cultures celebrate the new year in Autumn. Today is as good a day as any to begin, especially if you are already making a change to your environment. As Teal Burrell explains in New Scientist, “the best times to break …