Middle East and North Africa

Earth Day expands global reach in Middle East, North Africa

Climate change is a global issue, and our planet is shared by all of us. That’s why Earth Day Network works internationally to mobilize the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and Central Asia to join the environmental movement.

Though Earth Day was started in the United States in 1970, it has since become a global movement, with hundreds of millions around the globe participating every year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. But just as Earth Day is not limited to America, neither is it limited to one day. Here at EDN, we say that Earth Day is not a day — it’s a movement.

EDN inspires students, colleges, NGOs, governments and people from all walks of life to take climate action throughout the year. One way we do that is through our partnerships that unify the environmental movement and educate our youth.

In the Middle East and North Africa, EDN has partnerships with more than 20 institutions, one of which is the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in the United Arab Emirates. We also work with   Together to Protect Human and the Environment Association (TOGETHER) in Iraq, which creates ecofriendly clubs in elementary schools that educate students on how to protect our planet.

Earth Day Network also works with eight organizations in Pakistan. These groups help promote Earth Day 2020 campaigns like The Canopy Project, End Plastic Pollution and Protect our Species. To end plastic pollution, the organizations have coordinated several cleanups, along with awareness workshops. To protect our species, some organizations have hosted workshops for forest and wildlife departments.

One recent workshop focused on the conservation of the Asiatic Black Bear. More than 75 staff equipped with the knowledge of modern techniques like camera trapping, occupancy modeling and human-bear conflicts.

Earth Day Network continues increasing its global efforts and motivating all countries to fight climate change. If we hope to protect our planet, we all need to act. On April 22, 2020, participate in the 50th anniversary by taking to the streets and demanding climate action. Join the EARTHRISE movement.