This Thursday, April 22nd, marks the worlds 51st Earth Day. Earth day is an annual day that unites individuals focusing on protecting the planet by preventing disasters that are occurring more frequently due to climate change and environmental destruction. Founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson and Denis Hayes, what began as a US focused event has since expanded to include a wide range of globally coordinated events involving approximately 1 billion people and 193 countries. Earth day has marked April 22nd as a significant date internationally, serving as the launching day for several important global events. Most recently, this included the signing of the Paris Climate Accord in 2016.
Earth Day has transformed April 22nd into a day in which a wide variety of educational or voluntary activities are organized focusing on environmental protection. This includes a range of conferences, panel discussions and global clean up events which are organized via Earthday.org. This digital tradition will continue this year for many events, maximising accessibility to anyone and everyone who can access the internet. The website is extremely informative and user-friendly so check it out at https://www.earthday.org/ to find out more about opportunities to participate.
“Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.” Gaylord Nelson
While there will be hundreds of events held worldwide, the organization itself will be hosting “Three Days of Climate Change,” a three-day conference involving multiple seminars, panels and presentations available online.
- On Tuesday April 20th, Earth Day 2021 will begin with a global youth climate summit led by Earth uprising, followed by the “We Shall Breathe” summit hosted by the Hip Hop Caucus and its partners.
- On Wednesday April 21st, Education International will lead the multilingual “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit”.
- On Thursday April 22nd, parallel to the Biden Administration’s global climate summit, EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event featuring workshops, panel discussions, and special performances.
As well as these digital events there will be onsite events happening worldwide, the majority of which will be clean-up events. Clean-up events are generally outdoor gatherings in which volunteers pick up litter in designated locations. These events should be relatively safe given they are outside, provided you follow your country’s covid-19 guidance.
So why not check out some of the digital summits and learn more about the environmental challenges facing the planet?