Earth Day. (Photo by Booker Smith/Flickr)

Contra Costa County residents are encouraged to celebrate Earth Day online Saturday with Supervisor John Gioia, leaders with Sustainable Contra Costa said this week.

Earth Day 2020 is Wednesday and this year is the 50th anniversary of the celebration. The day prompts many to take action to improve the environment.

Leaders of Sustainable Contra Costa are urging people to come together and get inspired about ways to help end climate change while at home. The leaders said there are solutions right in front of everybody to reduce carbon in the environment.

Saturday’s free online event begins at 1 p.m. and will take place via Zoom, a video conferencing system. Registration is required and space is limited. Those interested can register online.

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Pagransen. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Pagransen, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.