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Earth Day 2020 is even more important than ever – flood the digital landscape with action

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22 April is Earth Day. While the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading around the world and dominating news headlines, thoughts and attention, the need to take climate action has remained as urgent as ever.

By the end of 2020, global CO2 emissions need to have dropped by 7.6% and continue to fall by 7.6% each year for us to have keep global heating under 1.5oC, according to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report 2019.

Earth day 2020 is not just the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but also the anniversary of the signing of the Paris Agreement to take climate action.

The pandemic is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of humans and the planet in the face of global scale threats. Unchecked damage to our environment must be addressed. In his response to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres noted that, “Had we been further advanced in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, we could better face this challenge.”

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Background on Earth Day

The first Earth Day took place in 1970. Outraged by oil spills, smog and polluted rivers, 20 million people took to the streets, protesting what they recognized as an environmental crisis. It was the planet’s largest civic event at the time and compelled governments to take concrete actions, including passing environmental laws and establishing environmental agencies. In addition to these practical outcomes, the event demonstrated just how much can be achieved when people come together and demand action.

The day continues to hold great significance. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution formally recognizing the day as International Mother Earth Day. On Earth Day 2016, the United Nations formally adopted the Paris Agreement, articulating the commitment of nations to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels; and to strengthen the ability of countries to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change.

Earth Day in 2020

Marking its half-century anniversary, and selecting climate action as its theme, Earth Day 2020 was already poised to be a historic event. An occasion planned to bring people physically together across a series of events, COVID-19 has now prompted a dramatic shift to completely digital and virtual platforms. Earth Day 2020 calls for 24 hours of actions, big and small, for people and the planet. On this 50th anniversary, civil society organizers hope to fill the world’s digital landscape with global conversations, positive acts, performances, webinars and events supporting urgent action on climate change.

As the world rushes to plan for a post-pandemic recovery, UNEP and other parts of the United Nations system see this as opportunity to call attention to the need to “build back better.” The risks faced by ignoring the threats of environmental destruction must be understood and addressed with protections and policies. April 22 is a timely reminder to embrace the opportunities of the natural world for green jobs, sustainable economic stimulus, for urgently taking action to protect ourselves against unsurvivable global heating and for securing healthy, dignified futures.

 

Marking its half-century anniversary, and selecting climate action as its theme, Earth Day 2020 was already poised to be a historic event. An occasion planned to bring people physically together across a series of events, COVID-19 has now prompted a dramatic shift to completely digital and virtual platforms. Earth Day 2020 calls for 24 hours of actions, big and small, for people and the planet. On this 50th anniversary, civil society organizers hope to fill the world’s digital landscape with global conversations, positive acts, performances, webinars and events supporting urgent action on climate change.

What can you do?

If you are in Lock-Down then there is little you can physically do on the Day. If you have access to the Internet then you can join earthday.org a number of the socxial media activites listed below. In addition join livestreamed discussions, events and actions you can take from wherever you are. Explore the many virtual Earth Day events via this directory to online events across global time zones. There are new tools for volunteering and advocacy and opportunities to participate as citizen scientists–using the Earth Challenge 2020 app to measure data such as air quality and plastic pollution, right where you are.  There are challenges for daily action; graphics for sharing on social media; tips for making your own Earth Day window sign; and a place to tell others about your own personal “act of green.”

Health supporter and Grammy award winning musician Ricky Kej, along with 44 musicians from six countries, will perform live in a concert in support of the World Health Organization and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Just like on the first Earth Day, 50 years ago, it is time to demonstrate solidarity, take action and send a clear message to world leaders to act on climate change, halt biodiversity and habitat loss, and make certain environmental protection is a fundamental foundation of building back better.

Looking ahead to the next 50 years, and in the lead up to World Environment Day on 5 June, UNEP will be sharing information on actions that can be taken to protect biodiversity, to contribute reforestation efforts of degraded landscapes and to commit to the overall sustainable management of natural resources.

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TWITTER:

  • #EarthDay2020 must be a pivotal moment for the planet 🌏 Support the fight towards protecting our Earth. It’s in these moments that we need to stand up for what we believe in and demand bold action. Join https://www.earthday.org/ @EarthDayNetwork
  • On April 22, #EarthDay2020 will mark 50 years of action for our planet. How will you be part of history? Join us for the first digital #EarthDay: https://www.earthday.org/ @EarthDayNetwork
  • To change the world, everyone needs to add their voice. Whether you’re in South Africa or Singapore, join the millions around the world mobilizing for a better planet. This is our moment – what will you to do mark 50 years of @EarthDayNetwork? https://www.earthday.org #EarthDay2020 
  • To demand #climateaction, we must build history’s largest, most diverse global mobilization 🌏🌎🌍 The world needs a new way forward, a united call for bold action. #EarthDay2020 @EarthDayNetwork
  • #ClimateChange isn’t an abstract phenomenon: It’s real, it’s impacting people and planet and it will hit our daily lives if we don’t take action NOW 🌍🙌  It’s time to act boldly on #EarthDay2020 @EarthDayNetwork
  • 👂 Local, National and World leaders need to hear the mesaage and act on it.

📢 It’s time to demand climate action.

🌏 It’s time to build a diverse and intergenerational global mobilization to defend the environment and our future. 

Join for 50 years of #EarthDay: https://www.earthday.org/ @EarthDayNetwork

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  • C H A N G E

Enough is enough.

In a world so reliant on fossil fuels, we know it’s not always easy to put the planet first. But #EarthDay2020 must be a pivotal moment for us. @EarthDayNetwork

In 2020 voices need to be heard 📢

The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we face mass extinction of species, catastrophic pollution of oceans, destruction of communities and displacement of millions.

This #EarthDay2020, millions are coming together to demand bold #climateaction 📢. This #EarthDay, demanding a new way forward.

  • We may be separated, but remember:⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣We are all in this together, and that we’re all on this planet together 🙌 @EarthDayNetwork

No matter where you are in this world, we are connected by our challenges and a fierce and urgent determination to overcome them. ⁣⁣

This #EarthDay, we take on the fight for our common home, together.⁣⁣ Will you join us?

  • This year marks 50 years of @EarthDayNetwork. 2020 must be a pivotal moment for the planet 🌏

The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we face mass extinction of species, catastrophic pollution of oceans, destruction of communities and displacement of millions.

In short, we are in a climate breakdown.

This #EarthDay2020 we are demand #climateaction 📢. Will you? earthday.org 

 

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The climate crisis isn’t an abstract phenomenon, it’s real and it’s impacting people and planet today.


  • We don’t have a choice, after years of talking, countless negotiations and empty deals, we need #climateaction NOW.

    In 50 days we’ll be commemorating the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay with a digital call to action for our leaders.

    Will you join us? https://www.earthday.org/ @EarthDayNetwork

  • #EarthDay2020 is being marked by two crises⁣⁣

One is the #COVID-19 pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our #climate.⁣⁣

⁣⁣We can, will and must solve both challenges. The world was not prepared for the novel #coronavirus. But we still have time to prepare — in every part of the world — for the #climatecrisis.⁣⁣

⁣⁣This pandemic will not silence our voices. Instead, it reminds us of what’s at stake for the #planet.⁣⁣

And although it is keeping us apart, it is also bringing us together to take on the fight for our common home.⁣⁣ Will you join us? @EarthDayNetwork

Nature is in crisis, threatened by biodiversity and habitat loss, global heating and toxic pollution. Failure to act is failing humanity. Addressing the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and protecting ourselves against future global threats requires sound management of hazardous medical and chemical waste; strong and global stewardship of nature and biodiversity; and a clear commitment to “building back better”, creating green jobs and facilitating the transition to carbon neutral economies. Humanity depends on action now for a resilient and sustainable future.

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