Critical Commitments Announced to Audience of Over 250,000 on the National Mall
Washington D.C., April 19, 2015 – On Saturday, April 18, 2015, Earth Day Network and The Global Poverty Project hosted Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, which celebrated achievements made and confronted challenges still facing the world toward solving climate change and ending extreme poverty, featured performances by Usher, Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, Train, My Morning Jacket, Common, D’Banj, Fally Ipupa, Vixx, Roy Kim, and a finale by No Doubt.
Throughout the day, more than a quarter of a million people packed the National Mall and over two million watched live via YouTube. The event brought together global policymakers, finance ministers, environment and development NGOs, industry executives, and high-profile artists, all working to educate and inspire citizens to take immediate action to protect our planet and its people.
The event was timed to coincide with the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings – the only time world leaders would be in one place before September when they will set the world’s sustainability agenda at the UN General Assembly. Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day was a call to ensure that these world leaders act now to both address climate change and end extreme poverty.
The day’s event is a further testament to the idea that when citizens coalesce around a united goal, our world leaders pay attention. World leaders, corporate innovators, and other dignitaries announced 33 critical commitments on stage to end extreme poverty and solve climate change. Notable commitments made at Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day are outlined below:
WORLD LEADER MESSAGES ON SOLVING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENDING EXTREME POVERTY
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Managing Director Christine Lagarde
United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World Bank Group, President Jim Kim
Sweden, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Minister for Foreign Affairs Isabella Löven
Organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, Denis Hayes
Quote: “Today, we are excited to announce an incredible new partnership with Earth Day Network enabling 500,000 high school students from across the world to dream up innovative ideas and global solutions. We will pair their ideas with a million dollars of seed funding so that these students, our future, can make their dreams of a better world a reality.” – Ahmad Ashkar, CEO, The Hult Prize
WATER AND SANITATION
Quote: “Next week, when the Foreign Affairs committee votes on the Global Food Security Act, we’ll get a second chance. And with your help we can get this important bill through Congress and to the President’s desk without further delay.”- Representative Ed Royce
Quote: “Through the Million Climate Voters Campaign we will empower our communities to fight for real climate change legislation, and give more people a stronger voice in our democracy. One Person. One Vote. Money Out. Voters In.” – Greg Moore, Executive Director, NAACP Voter Fund
Quote: “We cannot sit by and watch this crisis unfold. We have to change the way we interact with plastics, redesign greener products and rethink our waste practices to ultimately clean-up our oceans. Over the next four years, my organization will commit over $200 million dollars to ocean and coastal issues. But we can’t do this alone. We need your commitment to be part of the solution to reduce, reuse and recycle our plastics. It all starts today, with your plastic bottle. Join us!” – Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
Quote: “I am now committing, on behalf of Rovio and Earth Day Network, to bring an amazing game experience to Angry Birds in time for Climate Week and the UN General Assembly in September. Stay tuned, get ready!” – Patrick Liu, Creative Director, Rovio Entertainment
Quote: “I stand before you today to declare, with confidence, that Scouts worldwide will log an additional one billion hours of community service, including planting trees, over the next five years.” – Scott A. Teare, Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement
The proud partners for Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day included Caterpillar Inc., Citi, CJ Corporation, Toyota, iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoor, MSNBC, YouTube, Google, Alcantara, and Connect4Climate. Content was presented in partnership with the World Bank Group.
For more information about the event, the commitments, and how to take action, please download the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day app and visit globalcitizen2015earthday.org.
ABOUT EARTH DAY NETWORK:
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN), the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to build environmental democracy and to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. For more information, visit www.earthday.org
ABOUT THE GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT:
The Global Poverty Project is a registered 501(c)(3) international nonprofit organization whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030. The advocacy organization works in partnership with other NGOs, business leaders, world leaders and global citizens in its efforts to build the largest movement of people taking actions and calling on governments to support policies that would significantly impact the world’s poor. For more information, visit www.GlobalPovertyProject.org.