EARTHRISE: Earth Day goes digital

On Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we have two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus 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 climate crisis.

The coronavirus pandemic does not shut us down. Instead, it reminds us of what’s at stake in our fight for the planet. If we don’t demand change to transform our planet and meet our climate crisis, our current state will become the new normal — a world where pandemics and extreme weather events span the globe, leaving already marginalized and vulnerable communities even more at risk. 

On Earth Day 2020, we say enough is enough.

We say we believe in science.

We say that everyone can make a difference.

We say that the protection of our planet and the wellbeing of the people who live upon it are the top priorities.

On Earth Day 2020, we say that we’re committing to vote, we’re registering to vote and we’re showing up to vote.

And if we can’t vote, we’re exercising our power to demand more action from our leaders.

On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever.

While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.

We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever. While you may feel isolated, you’re never alone, because we’re all in this together, here on Earth.

On December 24, 1968, astronauts on the moon took the first full-color photo of the Earth. This photo, titled “Earthrise,” showed us both the strength and the fragility of our planet while helping launch the modern environmental movement. That movement took a historic step forward just over a year after that photo, when 20 million people turned out for the world’s first Earth Day.

Human health and planetary health are inextricably linked. To protect one, we must protect the other.

Millions rallied behind this idea to create the first Earth Day in 1970, and, 50 years later, we must rally behind it again.

On April 22, join us as we EARTHRISE, a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet.

Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, EARTHRISE will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference

No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we EARTHRISE.

Together, we can SAVE the Earth:

Speak up



Exercise your right to express, promote and defend your ideas. While we may not be able to assemble in-person, we still can create a mass outcry and a mass outpouring of support online.

Take action: Share what you’re doing, today and from where you are: What are you fighting for — it could be for your children, for frontline communities, for safe water to drink. What compels you to act, and why are you in this fight?

Add your voice to this global demand for action with #EarthDay2020 and #EARTHRISE.


Everyone can do something. Join us on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — April 22 — as we issue 24 actions for the planet that you can take now, wherever you are.

Take action: Join us on and on social media (@earthdaynetwork) for 24 hours of action with EARTHRISE. Every hour, on the hour, we’ll have a new, powerful way for you to demand action and drive change.


More than 65 countries host major elections in 2020. Make your demands known by voting for those who will defend the planet.

No elections in your country? Too young to vote? Demand change with civic action — call your representatives, tweet at your policymakers, volunteer for a candidate. There are so many ways to tell your leaders that human and planetary health must be the top political priority.

Take action: Send a message to your leaders on April 22, and get registered, educated and ready to vote in your elections in 2020. Throughout April, Earth Day Network will have ways to get involved in local, state and national politics as we launch our Vote Earth campaign.


The world’s first Earth Day in 1970 seized the power of education through campus-wide teach-ins to spark conversation, engage local communities and inform change.

Now, as Earth Day goes digital, we’re bringing teach-ins to a global scale as well. A dozen of the world’s most inspiring musicians, artists, scientists and thought leaders will use the power of digital teach-ins to share their experience, their expertise and their lessons to a global audience across the 24 hours of EARTHRISE. Tune in live to get informed and get inspired!

Take action: We need you to share your knowledge and wisdom as well. Bring your friends, your family, your coworkers and your neighbors into this global digital conversation to share how you’re taking local action to meet this global crisis. And tune into EARTHRISE as we release 12 digital teach-ins from some of the world’s most inspiring voices for change.

On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever.

And what other choice do we have? We’re all in this together, and together, we EARTHRISE.