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EARTH DAY 2020: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
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2020 will mark Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary! As the global coordinator of Earth Day, Earth Day Network is working to make sure that Earth Day 2020 is the most diverse global mobilization in defense of the environment in world history.
We work year-round with more than 50,000 partner organizations in 190 countries, and our global campaigns and programs bring hundreds of thousands of new voices—representing youth and faculty, the faith community, minority groups, women, teachers, students and others—into the environmental movement.
The opportunity is before us now to use the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a catalytic event to reignite the environmental movement and unite the vast array of groups and individuals who care for and protect the earth.
The first Earth Day in 1970 enlisted 20 million Americans and is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event and it led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and the United Nations chose Earth Day 2016 to sign the Paris climate agreement.
“Despite that amazing success and decades of environmental progress, we find ourselves facing an even more dire, almost existential, set of global environmental challenges, from loss of biodiversity to climate change to plastic pollution, that call for action at all levels of government,” said Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 and Earth Day Network’s Board Chair Emeritus.
“Progress has slowed, climate change impacts grow, and our adversaries have become better financed,” said Earth Day Network president Kathleen Rogers. “We find ourselves today in a world facing global threats that demand a unified global response. For Earth Day 2020, we will build a new generation of environmentalist activists, engaging millions of people worldwide.”
The 50th anniversary of Earth Day will launch the most diverse and passionate global environmental movement in history.
We’re already on the ground working on the 50th anniversary event and collaborating with partners and major global players, including multilaterals, faith groups, teachers, universities, museums, science organizations, state governments, mayors, artists, athletes and other vital stakeholders.
We will educate and mobilize more than one billion people to grow and support the next generation of environmental activists. It’s time to reimagine what we can collectively do for our global environment with activities and events. The five components:
Earth Day Network has enlisted leaders and activists to help inspire and guide our work and engage our global audience for Earth Day 2020. The Global Advisory Committee members: U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the first U.S. EPA Administrator William Ruckelshaus, actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio, Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor, former President of Finland Tarja Halonen, Secretary of the Smithsonian David J. Skorton, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, television writer and producer Norman Lear, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, co-founder of EarthEcho International Philippe Cousteau, Senior Fellow at the Woods Hole Research Center Rafe Pomerance, film producer Stacey Sher, United Nations Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, founder and managing partner of DBL Partners Nancy Pfund, and actor and activist Ed Begley Jr.
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