Theme Ride Tuesday: Make Every Day Earth Day

Did you know that April 22 marks Earth Day, a global event dedicated to raising awareness about environmental issues and promoting sustainability? Back in 1970, Earth Day emerged as a powerful force for change when millions of Americans came together to protest environmental degradation and advocate for a healthier planet.

The historical roots of Earth Day trace back to Senator Gaylord Nelson and activist John McConnell, who saw the urgent need to address environmental concerns. Originally planned to coincide with the spring equinox, Earth Day found its home on April 22 to align with Arbor Day, another celebration of our precious planet.

But Earth Day is more than just a day—it’s a movement. It’s about recognizing the global impact of our actions and coming together to protect our planet for future generations. So as you ride, think about the small changes you can make in your daily life to reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive impact on the environment.

This April, you can honor Mother Earth in your cycling studios by creating a special Earth Day–themed ride with the help of our two curated bucket playlists with a combined 500 songs to choose from! One is called Earth Day/Nature/Trees and includes classics like Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” and Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song,” plus more obscure selections such as “The 3 Rs” by Jack Johnson, “Monkey Gone to Heaven” by the Pixies, and “Idioteque” by Radiohead. Our second bucket playlist is called World/Change the World/Top of the World. 

Between these two playlists, you have everything you need to pedal toward a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future for all. Join us in celebrating Earth Day not just today, but every day. 

No Earth Day profile would be complete without a cool-down to Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me.”

Woah, ah, mercy, mercy meAh, things ain’t what they used to be (ain’t what they used to be)Where did all the blue skies go?Poison is the wind that blowsFrom the north and south and east
Woah mercy, mercy me, yeahAh, things ain’t what they used to be (ain’t what they used to be)Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seasFish full of mercury
Oh Jesus, yeah, mercy, mercy me, ahAh, things ain’t what they used to be (ain’t what they used to be)Radiation underground and in the skyAnimals and birds who live nearby are dying
Hey, mercy, mercy me, ohHey, things ain’t what they used to beWhat about this overcrowded land?How much more abuse from man can she stand?
We’d love to hear how you’re celebrating Earth Day with your students, and any other song choices we might have missed. Let us know in the comments below.

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