For the past 51 years, people have celebrated Earth Day on (or around) April 22nd all over the world. In the midst of a global pandemic and the rising threat of climate change, caring for the earth and for others is vital for our survival. This year’s theme is ‘Restore Our Earth’ and EarthDay.org is working with 190+ countries around the world on a variety of issues. In addition to numerous events and summits, this Earth Day will also see the Lyrid Meteor Shower in the very early part of the day and there are plenty of other ways to spend time outside this year.
Restore Our Earth – EarthDay.org Virtual Events
Starting tomorrow and going until the 22nd, there are a few different virtual events to celebrate Earth Day and discuss climate change and environmental justice. Tomorrow (April 20th), there is the digital global youth summit led by Earth Uprising, My Future My Voice initiative, and OneMillionOfUs. There will be youth climate activists like Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Villaseñor, and Licypriya Kangujam talking about issues like green jobs, climate literacy, biodiversity training, environmental justice, and sustainable agriculture. And in the evening of April 20th, there is the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit hosted by the Hip Hop Caucus and partners.
On Wednesday, April 21st, Education International will lead “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit”, a multilingual virtual summit about transformative climate education.
And finally, EarthDay.org is producing its second Earth Day Live digital event on Thursday, April 22nd. Starting at noon EDT, there will be workshops, panels, and special performances from all around the world on topics like climate/environmental literacy, reforestation efforts, citizen science, emerging green technology, and environmental justice/equity.
To find more events, check out the Earth Day event map. To watch/participate in the above EarthDay.org events, keep an eye on their website (earthday.org) and social media accounts, particularly their Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The Biden Administration’s Leaders Summit on Climate
Back in March, President Biden invited 40 world leaders to a summit on April 22nd and 23rd to discuss the climate crisis. This summit, called the Leaders Summit on Climate, will be focused on galvanizing efforts to reduce emissions from the major world economies, help vulnerable countries deal with climate impacts, economic benefits of climate action, transformational green technologies, and more. This summit will be a return of the United States to global climate talks after the Trump administration’s decision to pull the country out of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The Nature Conservancy’s Earth Day 2021: Change Starts Here
Hosted by nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, this virtual summit is happening Thursday, April 22nd at 12pm EDT. The event is hosted by The Nature Conservancy’s CEO Jennifer Morris and guests include Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, Beatrice Lempaira, the project manager of BeadWORKS in Kenya, Aliya Jasmine, environmental journalist, Cashwn Myers, Habesha, Inc, and Dr, Ashlee Lillis, US Virgin Islands Coral Manager for The Nature Conservancy.
Covid-19 has drastically changed life as we know it but there are still ways we can (safely) celebrate Earth Day and protect the earth and each other. It’s more important than ever that we all do something to slow climate change, including learning and listening.
What are you doing for Earth Day this year? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear all about what you’re doing this week!