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2020 LEAP Week: A Virtual Celebration of the Environment

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day–an annual event that demonstrates support for environmental protection–and it also marks the midpoint of Lincoln School’s second annual LEAP (Lincoln Environmental Action Program) Week.

Student-led and student-organized by Lincoln’s Environmental Action Group (LEAG), 2019’s inaugural LEAP Week–which focused on environmental education and stewardship, often with a particular emphasis on climate change–was a huge success. While plans for 2020’s programming had to shift with Lincoln’s move to remote learning, LEAG was undeterred by the pivot, and its members have implemented a variety of virtual opportunities for our community to discuss these important environmental issues. 

On Monday, students were presented with four LEAP Week Challenges which include:

  • Photo Challenge: Interactions Between Humans and Nature
  • Writing/Art Challenge
  • Plant Photo Challenge
  • Earth Day Poster Challenge (students had the option to get together on Zoom on Tuesday afternoon to create these)

As we are all spending our days at home, LEAG also passed along a thoughtfully curated Quarantine Care Package, full of environmentally conscious self-care tips! From an assortment of recommended reads, to a variety of online thrifting sites and eco-friendly shops, it is full of ideas that encourage environmental exploration and waste reduction. 

In addition to Tuesday’s Earth Day poster-making session, LEAG also released one of the week’s panel discussions. This one featured Eugenia Marks, senior director for policy at the Audubon Society of RI, Dave Dewitt, an organic farmer on Cape Cod, and Stewart Martin, the founder of Providence Gardenworks and an avid composter.  

To celebrate Earth Day, LEAG distributed a comprehensive list of documentaries, videos, podcasts, and articles, including three food-focused documentary recommendations from Kim Sprague Anderson ’80, Lincoln alumna and owner of the Providence’s Plant City, and several pieces that speak to the relationship between COVID-19 and climate change. Students were also given the option to participate in a variety of Earth Day activities through Sunrise PVD, including the RI Earth Day Virtual Rally. 

Throughout the rest of the week, students will hear from additional panelists, and reflect on all they have learned in their advisory groups and through this week’s silent meeting query. 

A huge thank you to Lincoln’s Environmental Action Group for turning their vision into action as they help our community learn and work for a better future!