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EARTH DAY 2020: THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY
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Earth Day Network—the global coordinator of Earth Day—is building the world’s largest coalition of people united to ensure a healthy planet. Working year-round with more than 50,000 partner organizations in 192 countries, 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 first Earth Day in 1970 brought together 20 million people from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. We are continuing that momentum right now.
The environmental movement enjoyed a honeymoon period that lasted decades and laws, regulations, and changes in environmental consciousness spread worldwide with many critically important results. But over the past decade, an anti-environmental sentiment has gained momentum, even in parts of the nation and the world that suffer from the harshest environmental conditions.
Today, despite having more environmental knowledge, data, technology, trained human resources, institutions, legislation and funding than ever before, we are not advancing fast enough to win the race to save our planet and ourselves. The complexity of issues, as well as the overwhelming volume of negative or contradictory information that bombards people every day, has created an atmosphere of distrust and cynicism, undermining our confidence that individual or collective actions can make a difference.
On Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary in 2020, we want to change all that.
The opportunity is before us now to use the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a catalytic event to re-ignite the environmental movement and unite the vast array of groups and individuals who care for and protect the earth. We are developing a plan for 2020 to bring people and institutions together to build a new narrative for the planet. Armed with such a narrative, we believe the environmental movement can gain new relevance, recruits, and resources, increasing global understanding, restoring optimism and fueling future effective action. We do not have all the answers, but with the help of many others, we are developing an ambitious plan of what success looks like and how the world would change with our combined success. Help us design the vision, roadmap and strategies to realize this outcome for Earth Day 2020!
In the years leading up to 2020, Earth Day Network is launching a series of bold, thematic initiatives to galvanize global collaboration.
Earth Day’s 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution. From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. In response, Earth Day Network (EDN) has built a multi-year campaign and program to End Plastic Pollution, which calls for Earth Day 2018 on April 22 to be a pivotal moment to fundamentally change the human attitude and behavior concerning plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
Earth Day’s 2017 theme was Environmental and Climate Literacy. To solve the dire environmental threats facing us in the 21st century, we must build a global citizenry fluent in environmental issues that can organize for action.
Earth Day’s 2016 theme was Trees for the Earth. Our Canopy Project works on the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billion trees – one for every person on the planet – by Earth Day 2020.
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