The tech giant shines a spotlight on environmental justice and education for this year’s celebration of Apple Earth Day!
Like many companies and organizations do every year, Apple is honoring Earth Day by boosting environmentally-minded education on its multiple platforms. By highlighting environmental content this Earth Day 2021, the company hopes it can encourage consciousness and change in its users regarding a variety of key matters such as climate change.
VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson acknowledged that communities all over the world ought to take part in the efforts to safeguard a better future for the planet. “The resources and community initiatives we’re sharing today are all about amplifying voices too often unheard, and giving people the tools to learn, engage, and be part of the solution.” She added.
Apple Earth Day’s 2021 Features
Apple Insider notes that in previous years, Earth Day Awards and stickers were given to Apple Watch users who completed a 30-minute workout in light of the April 22 event. According to Apple, the Maps’ Guides feature has received an update to include selected National Park Foundation, Red Tricycle, Culture Trip, The Nature Conservancy, Lonely Planet, and FATMAP content.
Apple has also given the “Challenge for Change” educational series a third installment to enlighten audiences with the help of advocate for social justice, Dolores Huerta on “Create a Better World Through Environmental Justice”. Much like former learning activities on Challenge for Change, this year’s program provides a workbook and video challenge to aid teachers, parents, and students with entertaining engagement in discourse surrounding important environmental matters. This year’s content circulates around sustainable environment creation throughout local neighborhoods, as well as investigating methods of addressing community injustices.
The apps Apple Books and Apple TV have also prepared exciting collections for Earth Day, and Apple Podcasts has also received an “Earth Won’t Wait” content update. Apple Music users will be able to kick back to “Sounds of Nature” and “Mixtape for Mother Earth”, alongside “Restore Our Earth Through Music” which runs listeners through “a peaceful soundscape of the seven continents”, accompanied by motion cover specials.
Encouraging the youth
Additionally, Earth-Day-toned apps will be featured on the App Store to center on food waste reduction, sustainable shopping, and promoting children’s awareness of consumerism. Lastly, there is also the “Alba: A Wildlife Adventure”, presented on Apple Arcade’s highlights; every download of the game will result in a tree planted by Ecologi, a partner of the tech giant, in contribution to a Madagascar reforestation project.
In alignment with Apple’s Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, the company aims to maintain working alongside historical Black universities and colleges, as can be seen through its recent collaboration with Austin, Texas’ Huston-Tillotson University in the creation of a new environmental justice degree program. Current educational outreaches for Black and Brown communities as well as youth activists, girls, and young women also receive references from the tech giant.
Back in March, Apple teamed up with the organization Redford Center for its second annual program for urging young filmmakers to produce projects, using Clips, on environmentalism (known as the Stories Challenge). The challenge’s winners have already been announced.
There are plenty of ways to appreciate, reconnect, and give back to the Earth, on Earth Day and every day. Apple and its many fascinating features and promotions for its 2021 celebration of the event are a great guide, but those that would like to come up with their own methods are always free to do so. For example, one can lay out in nature on an Extra Large Picnic & Outdoor Blanket and open up a copy of The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness (Kindle Edition) while taking in the feel of their natural environment.