Earth Day 2020 is already underway with its organizers, the Earth Day Network, announcing “The Demand for Climate Action” as the theme of this landmark 50th anniversary of the event. For the last 50 years, Earth Day has been a way to engage the global public around the nature and reality of our ecological crisis. This year’s theme of Climate Action is focused on urging countries around the globe to amplify their national climate action plans in order to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement On Climate Change.
According to Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network President, “Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Unless every country in the world steps up – and steps up with urgency and ambition – we are consigning current and future generations to rising sea levels, glacier and ice-sheet loss, increased storms, floods, and droughts, dramatic extinction of animal and plant species; and increased poverty.
Much has been achieved since 1970, but much still remains unfinished, with many of the dials on our sustainability-indicators pointing perilously in the wrong direction. 2020 has to be the year of enormous, ambitious change.”
One way to implement this change will be a Great Global Cleanup. In collaboration with partners around the globe, Earth Day Network plans to gather the Earth’s largest cleanup crew- a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans.
Artists for the Earth
is another Earthday campaign designed to raise awareness and understanding of climate change and the environment. By using the power of art to inform, provoke, and inspire hope and action, Artists for the Earth will engage thousands of museums, orchestras, theaters, performers, authors, and artists from all walks of life.
To learn more about Earth Day Network’s campaigns across the world.