What is Earth Day?
Earth Day is an annual celebration and series of international events aimed at bringing attention and awareness to global environmental challenges. It’s part of the Earth Day network in 193 different countries the world over. It’s an opportunity for everyone to
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and it falls, as every year, on the 22nd April. Earth Day started as a reaction to the Santa Barbara oil spill. The first Earth Day saw nearly 10% of the entire population of the United States take to the streets to demonstrate for better treatment of the planet.
The theme for the 2020 celebration is climate action. As they say on the official Earth Day website, “Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.” It’ll be a little different this year, owing to the social distancing to fight the Covid-19 Epidemic.
Getting involved in Earth Day 2020
Usually there are lots of high profile events scheduled for Earth Day, but obviously with the current Coronavirus pandemic, most of these have been cancelled or brought online. Earth Day has essentially moved online and is calling it’s digital wing “EARTHRISE”, after the first colour photo of the earth from space. The aim of Earthrise is to create and promote Earth Day content digitally, getting the event seen and heard around the world for a full 24 hours. Here are some ways you can get involved.
Speak: Tell everyone about Earth Day! The real mission of the project is to get more people thinking, talking, and doing something about climate change. That’s why the most powerful weapon you have to protect the Earth is your voice. Join in digitally using the hashtags #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE on social media and help to get Earth Day at the front of everyone’s minds.
Vote: Earth Day has a strong political element to it, using the opportunity to encourage people to lobby their local representatives and vote for candidates with strong environmental policies.
Act: As part of Earth Day 2020, EARTHRISE will be issuing 24 actions that everyone can and should take to fight against climate change, one for every hour of the day.
Educate: There are lectures, seminars and “teach-ins” which will be released throughout the day from some of the world’s leading experts on climate change and environmentalism.
Helpful Earth Day Links:
- The Earth Day website
- Further information on EARTHRISE
- Free Earth Day toolkits
- The EARTHRISE hashtag
- 100 ways to save energy in your home
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