We can all agree that our planet deserves more of our attention. The actions we take today impacts the future generations just like how we are now impacted from the actions of past generations. There is no one way to solve issues like climate change but we can all do our part — big and small. Every action counts. This Earth Day (April 22) we are taking a look at ways technology can help. We also take a look at what we absorb in forms of entertainment that is currently trending.
Here are a few ways we can learn, appreciate and do more…
5 APPS we need now (all available for iOS at the App Store):
Earth Hero personalizes individual environmental goals and action plans. It tracks your carbon footprints and provides emissions reduction recommendations.
EyeLoveBirds is made by a female Canadian app developer, Erynn Tomlinson. It’s a must-have to identify and appreciate thousands of bird specifics around us in Canada.
Toca Nature inspires the next generation of environmentalists by letting them grow forests, feed animals, find fresh water and capture pictures of their adventure.
Milkywire lets you support impactful grassroots organizations and follow their work to understand your direct impact.
Too Good to Go fights food waste by connecting users with local stores and restaurants that have food surplus. You can discover new places at a lower price and protect the environment at the same time.
Think Dirty: Wonder if your beauty or household products are as “green” as they claim to be? This handy app provides you information of millions of products available to consumers in the market place today to help understand what their ratings mean including cruelty free, vegan, paraben free and many more labels. Also included are Health Canada approved products as well as recalls. Simply scan the bar code into the app and the information will be there.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
NASA Celebrates Earth Day:a number of online events are scheduled starting on April 21 (@NASAEarth) with a Twitter Spaces event to learn the latest in NASA’s climate research. Then, on Earth Day NASA will host a series of live speakers virtually including a talk with retired astronaut Don Thomas. Download the new NASA Selfie App and create a fun pic in front of cosmic locations– great for your social posts on Earth Day!
INSPIRING SHOWS TO WATCH:
The Year Earth Changed (Apple TV+): Narrated by award-winning broadcaster David Attenborough, look back on how the earth changed last year and how wildlife responded. This timely documentary special takes a fresh new approach to the global lockdown and the uplifting stories that came out of it.
It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown (Apple TV+): In an all-new original special, Charlie Brown and the whole peanuts gang are here to provide the inspiration kids need to make a positive impact on the environment. Follow Sally as she bonds with a special little flower on the baseball field that may spell disaster for the big game.
Our Great National Parks (Netflix): This beautiful documentary series narrated by former President Barack Obama brings attention to the most stunning national parks in the world. Yes, it’s very David Attenborough-esque and very worthy of a watch.
Apple Music is launching an editorial feature that focuses on spotlighting sounds from natural environments, including: New albums from Martin Stewart/The Listening Planet available in Spatial Audio. New EP in Spatial Audio from Flock Together, a bird-watching collective for people of colour.
The Last Movie Ever Made: The Don’t Look Up Podcast: In early 2020 a disaster comedy film featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Street, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalet and others dropped on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommended. In fact, I’m going to watch it again. It hits close to home (as it should) and the underlying environmental theme sent a jolt to my system. The podcast series is an interesting behind the scenes look on how the cast and crew worked on the production during the height of the pandemic.
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