Apple Celebrates Earth Day With Ziggy Marley Concert, Apple Music Playlists, and $0.99 iTunes Movies Rentals

Today is Earth Day, and around the globe people are celebrating the annual event through demonstrations and gatherings aimed at showing support for the planet and protecting the environment. Apple began celebrations this past week in its retail stores, sending green shirts for its employees to wear and lighting up the Apple logo with a green leaf to mark the April 22 global event.


On Friday, April 20, Apple held one of its annual Beer Bash concerts with a performance by Ziggy Marley. In a tweet, the musician explained that his performance at Apple's campus was his "first set fully powered by solar energy." Marley continued by thanking Apple: "Thank you for the example you set for companies around the world."

Also in attendance during the performance was Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy, and social issues. In a tweet this morning Jackson reminded Apple Watch users about today's Earth Day Challenge, which requires you to do any workout for 30 minutes or more before the day ends, and record your activity within the Workout watchOS app or any other app that adds workouts to the Health iOS app.

The company is also celebrating Earth Day across its services, with a few themed playlists, iTunes movies, and iBooks getting top-billing today on each respective platform. On Apple Music, you can find the "Mixtape for Mother Earth," which Apple Music editors describe as a soundtrack for Earth Day with songs "inspired by our planet's natural wonders." Artists and songs include Radiohead's "Bloom," The Beatles's "Sun King," Tegan and Sara's "Our Trees," and more, totaling 30 tracks.

While "Mixtape for Mother Earth" is the main playlist currently being promoted on the Browse tab, if you search for "Earth Day" you can also find playlists like "What are Earth's favorite songs?" and other curated collections from previous Earth Day events.

Over on the iTunes Movies store, Apple has a collection of $0.99 rentals for films that all include messages about the environment. The list of just over 40 films has a mix of scripted movies and documentaries, including "FernGully: The Last Rainforest," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Fly Away Home," "Blackfish," "March of the Penguins," "An Inconvenient Truth," "A Plastic Ocean," and more. There's also a collection of Disneynature documentaries priced at $9.99, including topics like Oceans, Bears, African Cats, and Monkey Kingdom.


iBooks readers can also get in on the Earth Day celebrations thanks to a "Protect the Planet" section of the Featured tab within Apple's digital books app. The books in the new collection "include meditations on Mother Nature's delightful quirks, rallying cries for biodiversity, and blueprints for how to play a part in passing on a healthier planet." The collection is split up into three sub categories called "Explore the Natural World," "Get Informed & Inspired," and "Do Your Part." Books include "Unstoppable" by Bill Nye and Corey S. Powell, "Voices in the Ocean" by Susan Casey, and "A Hole in the Wind" by David Goodrich.

Earlier this month, Apple announced that its global facilities, including retail stores, offices, data centers, and more, are powered with 100 percent clean energy. Apple went into further detail about how it has lessened its overall environmental impact with the 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report, sharing stats about its reduced greenhouse gas emissions, lowered energy footprint, and more. The company also updated its trade-in and recycling initiatives into a new "GiveBack" program, and introduced a new iPhone disassembly robot named Daisy.

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29 months ago
it's kinda funny but sad as well that the main influencer for environmental policies in the US is the private sector and not the state. Profit rarely translates to environmental good and you are left to the good will of every company...
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29 months ago
I threw a plastic bottle in the regular trash to celebrate Earth Day.
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29 months ago
Billion dollar company and the best they could do is Ziggy Marley?
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29 months ago
I hope everyone complaining about software QC do their part here:
https://developer.apple.com/bug-reporting/
I know, it's a lot of work to properly report a bug but if you'd rather spend the effort on posting witty comments on MR, I'd say you have no right to complain.
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29 months ago

Congratulations, Apple, on celebrating Earth Day!
Now we care waiting for:
Apple Update MacBook Day!
Apple Update Mac mini Day!
Apple Replace Back Mac Book Keyboard Day!
Apple Update Siri Day!
Apple Remove Horrible iPhone Notch Day!
Apple Fix All Bugs Day!
So, how about going back to work now? :\

Today is Sunday. Did you check the calendar? Are you one of those people running around your job grumbling, mumbling, and moaning when others are having parties? :rolleyes:
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29 months ago

it's kinda funny but sad as well that the main influencer for environmental policies in the US is the private sector and not the state. Profit rarely translates to environmental good and you are left to the good will of every company...

Why is it sad? The free market is always more moral than big government's heavy hand of regulation. Literally every single thing regulation accomplishes can be done in the free market. All regulation does is create artificial demand.
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