By Beth Deitchman
To commemorate Earth Day this year, the younger denizens of our planet can enjoy an entertaining and inspiring lineup of special themed content from across Disney Channels’ platforms. Here’s everything to watch, from new short-form videos introducing kids and families to everyday people who are making a difference in their community and in the world, to shorts celebrating animals across the globe.
For six wild days, beginning this Saturday, April 17, and continuing through Friday, April 23, Disney Junior YouTube will launch a Disney Animals Earth Day livestream showcasing an adorable assortment of Disney Animals shorts with fan-favorite characters from hit animated series. Join Mira and her friends from Mira, Royal Detective and Pip and Freddy from T.O.T.S. as they learn and explore the magic, wonder, and love of animals all around the globe.
Disney Junior will also spotlight environmentally themed episodes of popular series such as Mira, Royal Detective, Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures, T.O.T.S., and Puppy Dog Pals. Disney XD is giving fans an encore showing of LEGO Marvel Avengers: Climate Conundrum, which finds Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and other scientists—including Tony’s rival, Justin Hammer—coming together to share their world-saving technology and competing for the top prize at a climate conference.
On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 (2–9:30 p.m. EDT), Disney Channel will present a full day of programming that includes encore presentations of episodes of Raven’s Home, BUNK’D, Big City Greens, and Sydney to the Max—all with an environmental focus. And at 7 p.m. EDT, be sure to tune in for the Disney Channel premiere of the feature film Rio 2.
All month long, the hosted short-form series In The Nook is airing segments on Disney Channel and Disney XD that have been created for kids age 6–14 and cover topics such as climate change, upcycling, a solution to fight micro-plastics in the ocean, and creating ecofriendly fuel. Throughout April, In The Nook will feature ZOMBIES 2 stars Chandler Kinney and Ariel Martin interviewing 15-year-old Alexandria Villaseñor, co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike and founder of Earth Uprising, and Jen Ellis, the second grade teacher who created the famous wool mittens Senator Bernie Sanders wore to the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Additionally, Israel Johnson of BUNK’D interviews Cassandra Lin, founder of Project TGIF (Turn Grease Into Fuel), and middle-schooler Anna Du, who built a robot that can find micro-plastics in the ocean.
And throughout the month, visit the DisneyNOW app to explore a Happy Earth Day Collection featuring all three seasons of the Disney Animals interstitials, including “Disney Animals: Look Closer with Mira,” as well as other Earth Day long- and short-form content.