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Green Cities and Counties Earth Day 2020 Menu

How Local Governments Can Act on Earth Day 2020

Green Cities and Counties will be at the heart of Earth Day activities. The collective impact of thousands of local events will resonate globally. Local officials play a critical role in inspiring action and driving meaningful change. Through major mobilizations and a united demand for climate action, local officials can cement their environmental legacy and make history on April 22, 2020.

There are many ways for your city to participate in Earth Day 2020, engage the community, and connect local partners to global Earth Day campaigns.

Earth Day Network’s key initiatives and engagement opportunities for the 50th Anniversary and beyond are highlighted below.

They include:

Earth Day 2020 Cities
Earth Day 2020 Green Counties
El Día De La Tierra 2020 Ciudades Verdes
Green Cities Partners

Marches, Rallies, and Events
Earth Challenge 2020
Great Global Cleanup™
End Plastic Pollution
Foodprints for the Future
Climate Education
MobilizeU & Teach-Ins
Artists for the Earth
Vote Earth

 

Marches, Rallies, and Events

Earth Day 2020 will be a catalyst for environmental action, bringing together people from all walks of life to build a sustainable, just future. Scenes of millions of people flooding the streets in cities around the world calling for climate action will dominate media coverage, drive policy change, and create legacy defining moments. Earth Day Network’s rally on the Mall in Washington, D.C, will bring together hundreds of thousands of people with partner events being planned in leading global cities. 

Major events in cities around the world will be a platform for major policy announcements and calls to action. With mayors and local leaders at the forefront, citywide events will bring environmental issues to the front of the global public consciousness. Earth Day Network will feature major events, share announcements, and drive public engagement through massive media and communications campaigns. 

How to get engaged:

  • Form or join an Earth Day 2020 planning committee to organize a major event. Bring together local partners and diverse stakeholders to effectively engage the entire city.
  • Promote participation in marches and rallies by closing streets, granting permits, launching a media and marketing campaign, and facilitating transportation.
  • Speak at major Earth Day events and use the opportunity to launch new initiatives, announce commitments, showcase successes, and promote citywide climate action.
  • Run a communications campaign to promote citywide engagement on Earth Day, pathways for continued climate action, and challenge other political leaders to act.
  • Become an Earth Day 2020 Partner City 

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Earth Challenge 2020

As the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign to date, Earth Challenge 2020 (EC2020) will engage millions of global citizens to aggregate more than one billion data points in key environmental issue areas. Through the EC2020 mobile app and website, citizen scientists will learn about their local conditions and how they can leverage the power of scientific research to drive meaningful change. EC2020 uses modern technology to encourage civilian participation in creating a greener, healthier and safer community, educate citizens about the environment around them, and get people involved and caring about their city. It will also provide cities with a library of open-source interoperable environmental data to inform future decisions and a free data visualization platform to assess critical environmental issues in their area and act on them more efficiently and cost-effectively. Learn more about the initiative here

How to get engaged:

  • Coordinate with local citizen science groups to bring their data to a global scale by integrating it with the EC2020 platform.
  • Connect local and ongoing citizen science initiatives to EC2020
  • Promote and support EC2020 messaging by following and sharing our social media content. @Earth_Challenge
  • Coordinate your own city-wide event encouraging citizens to collect data points using the EC2020 app, see how many data points your community can collect!
  • Distribute formal media communications (press releases, interviews, articles, e.g.) through local channels.
  • Sign up here to stay updated about EC2020 
  • Email [email protected] with questions or if you are interested in partnering with us!

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Great Global Cleanup™

The Great Global Cleanup™ is a worldwide campaign to remove billions of pieces of trash from communities — reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. On Earth Day 2019, we engaged 500,000+ volunteers and cleaned up 9,000+ sites across 100+ cities in 50 US States, 5 US Territories, and Canada, removing over 3.5 million pounds of debris, litter, and trash from our communities. Now, the Great Global Cleanup™ will be scaled up for global reach as we approach the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, kicking off the largest coordinated environmental volunteer event in history. By initiating local cleanups, people gain the expectation that their community will be clean, achieving community involvement, improved health, strong investments, and positive growth. Learn more about the Great Global Cleanup™ here.

How to get engaged: 

  • Have Community Engagement, Parks and Recreation, and Waste Management departments, among others, work with local groups to coordinate cleanups in neighborhoods and parks on Earth Day 2020.
  • Encourage local cleanup groups to register their cleanups and share their results with EDN to show the collective impact of cleanups globally. 
  • Share materials like our End Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit and plastic calculator with the public and encourage individuals, institutions, and businesses to pledge to reduce their plastic use.
  • Take action against Plastic Pollution (see below).

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End Plastic Pollution 

The exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. Earth Day Network is focusing on fundamentally changing human attitudes and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution. Our strategy includes educating and empowering citizens to change their, and their communities’, plastic use, collaborating with local organizations and educational institutions to build an effective platform, and promoting journalists and activists to report on the problem and its emerging solutions. As Earth Day 2020 approaches, we are engaging our global network of NGOs, campus youth, local leaders, artists, athletes, activists, and educators to build resilience against plastic pollution. In sum, we are using the power of Earth Day to elevate the issue of plastic pollution in the global agenda and inspiring and demanding effective action to reducing and controlling it. Learn more here.

How to get engaged: 

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Foodprints for the Future

The Foodprints for the Future campaign is a US-focused effort to address one of the largest contributors to climate change facing us today: our food system. Foodprints hopes to reduce the carbon “foodprint” associated with the growing, producing, transporting, and storing of our food. At the same time, the campaign aims to ensure solutions take food accessibility and affordability, along with health and culture into account. Through The Policies We Crave, a Foodprints project, we hope to increase state and local legislators’ knowledge of the connection between our food and the environment and promote governmental adoption of policies, resolutions, or initiatives to reduce meat consumption and food waste.  

States and local governments have already started to take initiative around food and reducing greenhouse gas emissions:

How to get engaged:

  • Incorporate more plant-based options and recover food waste at Earth Day events.
  • Take a Foodprints Commitment to reduce your government’s GHG emissions.
  • Encourage schools and restaurants to adopt a plant-based Earth Week Menu.
  • Ensure that municipal vendors at events or municipal cafeterias offer plant-based options or a full plant-based menu, particularly during Earth Week.

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Climate Education

A critical step in creating a healthier and more sustainable future for this and future generations is to educate and prepare students to lead us. Education focusing on environmental issues is paramount to a sustainable future led by environmentally literate citizens. Environmental education is needed now more than ever. Using EDN’s tailored lesson plans, Climate Education Week is an opportunity to educate K-12 students about conservation, sustainability, environmental protection, climate science, climate change impacts, and more. Through education and engagement, Earth Day 2020 will create a new generation of educated and civically active young leaders.  

  • Share EDN’s Climate Education Week curricula and other resources with school boards and educators. 
  • Invite K-12 students to participate in Teach-Ins and other civic engagement activities for Earth Day. Provide year-round engagement opportunities around local environmental issues with students in your district.
  • Work with school districts and superintendents to support environmental education being included in the mandatory curriculum. Support funding for teacher professional development in climate change pedagogy. Ensure schools in your area are Green Schools.

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MobilizeU and Teach-Ins

Earth Day Network is working to grow the environmental movement among the next generation of leaders – college students. MobilizeU is bringing the environmental education efforts to university and college campuses around the world. The campaign has helped turn passion and people power into environmental action by connecting teachers and students with the tools they need to host teach-ins, organize cleanups, start sustainability clubs, and promote plant-based initiatives on their campuses and in their communities. MobilizeU recognizes the power, innovative abilities, and organizing capacity of students around the world. Harnessing this energy, we can unite around a common interest for environmental action.

Teach-ins are an opportunity for educators, students, and the surrounding community to come together to learn about climate issues and collaborate on how to address them. Teach-ins originated on college campuses and played a crucial role in 1970 as people across the country mobilized to demand environmental action. In 2020, on college campuses and other public venues, youth, and community leaders can cooperate to educate and take action on local environmental issues. 

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Artists for the Earth

Artists around the world both local and international have always spread their passion through drawings, paintings, and even street art. They have continually captured the hearts and minds of many citizens. Art is a great method to get citizens engaged in environmental work through public art projects. Art pieces should focus on problems with the environment that they personally hold dear. As Earth Day reaches its 50thanniversary, EDN is calling on artists of all forms to come forth and join the fight for environmental protection. James Cameron has already partnered with Earth Day Network, and many more are signing on.   

How to get engaged:

  • Challenge artists, or commission works, to be produced for Earth Day.
  • Provide public spaces, from parks to city-operated buildings, for artists to exhibit their work. 
  • Encourage schools and students, especially fine arts students, to participate in Artists for the Earth. 

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Vote Earth

The global environmental crisis continues to grow, with a myriad of issues to address. As the world marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020, our progress on global targets for people, planet, and prosperity will be scrutinized globally. Now, more than ever, citizen engagement is necessary to enact environmental change. Vote Earth is a global initiative that aims to mobilize millions of people to demonstrate their concern for our planet. Vote Earth also encourages local leaders to address environmental issues in policy discussions in order to more effectively address citizens’ concerns.

How to get engaged:

  • Facilitate voter registration programs to assist citizens in making their voice heard.
  • Set climate action goals and make commitments to bring environmental issues to the forefront of the policy debate. 
  • Encourage civic engagement in environmental policy making. 

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