In a world where we are battling a war against the coronavirus, is it possible to celebrate Earth Day? Last night as I took the dogs on a different route for their evening constitution, I came across this latest piece of chalk art and wondered if it would be possible to mark the 50th anniversary. Obviously with social distancing being the new norm for safety during the pandemic, marching in person wouldn’t be possible. Enter digital technology to step in and continue this important work.
Do you know why Earth Day exists? Earth Day began as a unified response to an environment in crisis. Between oil spills, choking smog, and rivers so polluted that were literally on fire, it is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered on streets, college campuses and around hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and to demand a new way forward for the planet. Launching a wave of action, including passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were created in response to the first Earth Day back in 1970. Many other countries soon adopted similar laws. President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to that civic engagement soon after the first Earth Day.
While the coronavirus will force us to keep our physical distance, it will not force us to mute our collective voices. 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 can still stay as connected than ever to demand necessary change to save a world in great peril.
Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more. While it will be digital, the goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference for saving the planet.
No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because, together we can save the Earth. Please visit earthday.org on April 22 as activists from around the world go digital with live-streamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that can be taken right now from wherever you are. It’s been said we may only have about a decade to save our planet. Will you begin by taking a step now by adding your voice and demanding action of governments to implement life-saving to rescue our world? Mother Earth is counting on you. 🌎
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