22 April 2020

Earth Day 2020

The 50th Anniversary of Earth: a global community united in our fight to protect the health and welfare of the planet and its people
Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilized 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 organizations. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
 
In support of this global movement, illustrious and preeminent religious leaders, environmental advocates, celebrities, musicians and government officials will be celebrating Earth Day with a variety of first-person video pieces demonstrating their commitment to our planet. Earth Day 2020 is comprised of a multi-faceted program intended to activate individuals to support their planet in a safe and responsible way during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
“This unprecedented time has stopped us all in our tracks,” said Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network. “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.”
 
The Earth is our environment to protect and the garden to tend to.”
His Holiness Pope Francis, Earth Day 2015
 
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You can see also other videos by Earth Day Network:
 More than 500 street artists around the world have planned and executed a worldwide protest, #EarthDay2020Halt. Link
 Earth Day 50 Plant Based Panel. Link
 Earth Day 50 Chef genesis butler. Link
 Indralonka Meditation. Link
 
Titled “24 Hours of Action”, Earth Day Network will reveal an action an hour that individuals can do to support our planet. Earth Day 2020 also includes a 15-hour digital Earth Day Live program on earthday.org, featuring long-form and short-form content with interactive programming, live appearances by religious leaders, celebrities, musicians, as well as live teach-ins with preeminent scientists and advocates. 
 
The incredible lineup of personal video messages for Earth Day 2020 includes: Valerie Jarrett, Senator Ed Markey, Roger Waters, Jack JohnsonNajib SaabMichael Franti, Stefania Giannini, Maya Lin, Senator Elizabeth WarrenDave Matthews, Ashok Sridharan, Lisa Jackson, Diana NyadKaddu Kiwe Sebunya,  Ziggy Marley and many others.
 
In addition, individuals can participate in Earth Challenge 2020 (earthchallenge2020.earthday.org), 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.
 
Edited by Alisè Vitri
Source text, video: Copyright © Earth Day Network
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