Starting today (April 20th) and carrying through to the 22nd, Earth Day is planning some big online events for the estimated 10 million changemakers set to tune in.
Has it really been a year already? The three days of climate action currently underway for Earth Day 2021 would suggest so, and we definitely need another kick up the backside.
This Thursday (April 20th) will mark the 51st Earth Day since its inauguration in the 70s. Originally intended to be a day where people of all cultures and backgrounds come together to celebrate the sanctity and beauty of the planet, it has slowly evolved into a multi-day crunch event for sustainable action as we aim to protect Earth from the looming threat of climate change.
Thanks to the added menace of COVID-19, 2020 forced organisers to go entirely digital with all events last year. Unfortunately, we’re still not in a place where we can congregate and push for global change in person.
#EarthDay is celebrated annually on 22 April and will again see more than 1 billion people participating.
This year, the day presents a major opportunity for significant climate action announcements ahead of #COP26.
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) April 20, 2021
On a positive note, the organising body EarthDay.org has claimed that everything will run far smoother this time around with last year’s invaluable experience of hosting in this format. Speaking of which, its online networks are said to be preparing for around 10 million people to tune in for its key summits and digital activities. Promising stuff.
Those who’re familiar with Earth Day in recent years will be pleased to hear that EarthDay.org’s interactive global map is back and connecting more people than ever before across borders through the internet.
Denoting all high-profile environmental protection schemes and clean-up projects across the world, EarthDay.org hopes it will be a portal for a record number of changemakers in 2021 – having involved nearly 1 billion people from 200 countries on Earth Day’s 50th anniversary last year.
Those of you invested in social change on a day-to-day basis will have noted that April 22nd represents a landmark date for green reform, including the watershed commencement of the Paris Agreement back in 2016. On that front, we could be privy to announcements over the next few days which bear similar significance, so if you can help it don’t miss out.
"This is personal for me.
You too can protect what is left and repair what has been damaged."
Ahead of #EarthDay, @UNEP Goodwill Ambassador @AidanRGallagher asks everyone to join him in supporting the #ParisAgreement and taking urgent #ClimateAction. https://t.co/3QKMYqRPkW pic.twitter.com/b0FoTPMu7S
— United Nations (@UN) April 20, 2021
The first official summit will begin this evening (Tuesday 20th) viewable on EarthDay.org along with Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.