Wednesday, April 22, 2020 is not only Earth Day, but it’s also the 50th anniversary. Back in 1970, the environment was clearly in crisis, so a whopping 10% of the US population participated in protests, launching the modern environmental movement we now call Earth Day. It is recognized as the planet’s largest civic event with over a billion people engaging every year. The first year’s events aimed at fighting environmental ignorance and demanding a new way forward. These grassroots events were small and localized but paved the way for millions to get involved, the enactment of several environmental laws and global change over the years.
However, we are not done yet. This year’s theme is about ACTION.
“The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.”
Changes for Earth Day 2020
Because of COVID-19 all events will be virtual. However, you can still get involved and make a difference. Due to current worldwide restrictions, we have seen that we can make a difference. There has been a visible reduction in smog, changes in animal behaviour and signs of a stellar breeding season with less human activity. While these environmental improvements may not be permanent as restrictions lift, it is inspiring evidence of what can be accomplished.
What Can You Do on Earth Day?
Earth Day is planning 24 hours of action. You can still have your voice heard. You can be more connected than ever through digital media. Visit EarthDay.org to see how you can speak up, get involved, educate others and add your voice to the call for change. Find out how you can take climate action.
Follow Earth Day live on April 22.