Earth Day 2020 – 50th anniversary

Earth Day 2020

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.

Let’s flood the digital landscape with action — Join the global conversations on April 22!

An expanding population and the rising demand for food, energy and materials continue to strain the finite resources of the planet. The need for solutions that improve energy efficiency, lower food waste and provide alternatives to scarce resources has never been greater. These is all intensified by the persistent increase in global emissions.

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. Earth Day was a unified response to an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire.

Earth Day continues to hold major international significance: In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day when the historic Paris Agreement on climate change was signed into force.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

Earth Day 2020

What can I do for Earth Day 2020?

On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward. We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever.

Visit earthday.org on the 22nd of April as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.

You can visit their site to learn on how to take action and discover all the different events taking place, you might need to register ahead! 

Earth Day 2020

On Earth day, April 22, 2020, we will face two crises: One is immediate from a pandemic and the other is slowly building as a disaster for our climate.

We can, will, and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for a coronavirus. Leaders ignored hard science and delayed critical actions. We still have time to prepare — in every part of the world — for the climate crisis. EARTHRISE is how we set a new global standard on Earth Day 2020. We must act together to say that global disaster must never happen again; we must not make the same mistakes twice.

Thanks to heroic actions around the world, we will overcome and recover from the coronavirus. Life will return to normal, but we must not allow the return to business as usual. Our planet — our future — depends on it. Find inspiration here to take action, read other stories, and add your voice to the map. As we overcome this immediate crisis, we will tell the world that we are ready to solve the next one.

Pollution made COVID-19 worse!

Air pollution – responsible for 7M deaths per year – is linked to significantly higher rates of death in people with Covid-19, according to analysis. Now, lockdowns are clearing the air. Will today’s cleaner air inspire us to do better?

There’s no doubt the pandemic-driven clearing of the air will be short-lived, with emissions sure to return to, if not surpass, their usual levels whenever factories start up again and people get back in their cars. It’s already happening in China. That’s a danger elsewhere too!. Industries may well seek to make up for lost time with even higher production. If the virus makes people fearful of public transportation, driving could increase also.

Economic troubles often prompt governments to loosen health-protective regulations. In the middle of a health emergency, it’s exactly the wrong move!

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