“Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.”
As it is every year, Earth Day was on the 22nd April. Did you join the celebrations for the 50th anniversary?
I am a bit late to the party as it’s now the 25th April. But Earth Day should be everyday right??!
Earth day is recognised as the planets largest Civic event. Pretty awesome right! It all started as a unified response to the environmental crisis. The first Earth Day in 1970 kickstarted a wave of environmental actions including the creation if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and to this day holds major significance.
“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.”
This years Earth Day had to be a little different as a consequence of Coronavirus, unfortunatly we couldnt celebrate in usual style.
The planet has warmed, habitats have shifted and seasons have changed, with it bringing increased likelihood of such events.
With climate change increasing the likelyhood of pandemics occuring, it made an apt theme to this years Earth Day. Not only is Climate Change among the most pressing of global concerns, it’s surrounded by uncertainty, similar to current times.
The power of media
Earth Day flooded the digital landscape with global conversation, with the power of media, which certainly has become more important than ever. It connects us giving everyone a voice, enabling Earth Day to achieve it’s usual powerful goal.
“To mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.”
What happened on Earth Day during lockdown?
A whole bunch of influencers and organisations took to the web creating concerts, debates and speeches. Photographers and artists joined together to create platforms to share creative pieces to represent the day and to get the world talking. Even street artists all aound the world took to media to showcase their work.
Communities took notice of the nature around them and a host of free material came available. Book stores offered interactive learning opportunities for young people to learn about the environment. Todays youth made their voices heard, #votefortheearth trended, the power of a plant based diet was highlighted and Earth Day Network called for 24 hours of action.
A complete digital surge occurred, a truly incredible response.
The power of zoom meetings, webinars, live videos and hashtags is truly amazing. This situation really shows how we can adapt and thrive through change. Just look at what a collective effort can achieve.
We are powerful, we can change and we can all take action which makes a difference.
Lets keep the modern environmental movement going, moving forward through these uncertain times and create a more stable future for humanity.