The world’s first Earth Day took place in America, 1970, where 20 million people took to the street to have their voices heard on environmental issues. Since then, it has become a global campaign including 193 countries and over 1 billion people. Its aim is to celebrate the natural world and highlight the issues it faces as a result of human actions, both to the general public and world leaders.
This year there will be 3 days of climate action:
On the 20th April there will be a climate youth summit led by Earth Uprising. It will consist of discussion panels and speeches including messages from youth activists Licypriya Kangujam, Alexandria Villaseñor and Greta Thunberg.
In the evening there will be a virtual summit, ‘We Shall Breathe’, led by The Hip Hop Caucus discussing climate injustice and how it relates to societal issues such as poverty, police brutality and racial discrimination.
Education International’s virtual summit ‘Teach For The Planet: Global Education Summit’, will take place on the 21st April, crossing several time zones and languages. It will feature activists from all around the world, discussing the importance of education in climate action and how to change the way we teach about climate change.
22nd April: Earth Day
22nd April is Earth Day, and a live, digital event will be held at 12pm Eastern Time. It will include discussion panels and workshops led by influencers from many industries including musicians, artists, activists, industry leaders and climate leaders.
Discussion topics include:
- Climate and environmental literacy
- Climate restoration technologies
- Reforestation efforts
- Regenerative agriculture
- Equity and environmental justice
- Citizen science
- Clean ups
It is truly not to be missed!
You can access all these events, and find more events near you, from the Earth Day website here: earthday.org/earth-day-2021/ and don’t forget to follow and share the events on social media:
And use the hashtags: #EarthDay2021 #EarthDayLive #RestoreOurEarth