Earth Day 2020Ethical Energy & Climate News & Features
Now more than ever, we need to connect as a global community united in our fight to protect the health and welfare of the planet and its people.
In support of this global movement, illustrious and preeminent religious leaders, environmental advocates, celebrities, musicians and government officials will celebrate Earth Day today (22 April) with a variety of first-person video pieces demonstrating their commitment to our planet.
These messages, talks, teach-ins and performances will be part of Earth Day Network’s 15-hour (9.00 ET to 23.00 ET) live digital event on the homepage for the planet, earthday.org, as well as part of a comprehensive social media partnership with Twitter (#EarthDay2020), and as part of Earth Day Live.
‘This unprecedented time has stopped us all in our tracks. As each of us ensures that those around us are safe and well, it is in a momentous opportunity to examine our individual and collective relationship with the natural world and how our activities impact the planet.
‘The way forward is hopeful, and we have an opportunity to forever change how we interact with the environment in our own backyard and our community at large.’
President of Earth Day Network
Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilised over 20 million citizens to demand action on the environmental challenges of the time.
Today, Earth Day is observed in around 190 countries and close to 100,000 organisations. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
Earth Day 2020 comprises a multi-faceted programme intended to activate individuals to support their planet in a safe and responsible way during the coronavirus pandemic.
Providing ‘24 Hours of Action’, Earth Day Network will reveal one action per hour that individuals can do to support our planet.
Earth Day 2020 also includes a 15-hour digital Earth Day Live programme on earthday.org, featuring long-form and short-form content with interactive programming, live appearances by religious leaders, celebrities, musicians and live teach-ins with preeminent scientists and advocates.
Individuals can also participate in Earth Challenge 2020, a global citizen science initiative that will help build an open source database on air quality and plastic pollution using an app on your smartphone from the safety of your home.