Regional Network

EARTHDAY.ORG – Middle East and North Africa

EARTHDAY.org – Middle East and North Africa

Restore Our Earth 2021

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was a unique of its kind. In the light of coronavirus outbreak, Earth Day 2020 was the first digital Earth Day in history. EARTHDAY.ORG™ taught individuals, organizations, students and governments new virtual methods and techniques to take environmental actions. We will carry on building such a momentum leading the efforts to Restore Our Earth 2021.

HISTORY

Throughout the last decade, EARTHDAY.ORG has organized countless green activities and built remarkable partnerships in each country of Middle East, North Africa South and Central Asia regions.

EARTHDAY.ORG eliminated all the challenges during the Arab Spring and arranged many environmental workshops in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Those events engaged local officials, NGOs, environmental activists and more.

Despite the sectarian conflict in Iraq, EARTHDAY.ORG mobilized all schools throughout the country to honor Earth Day taking advantage of EARTHDAY.ORG’s Toolkit and lesson plans. Furthermore, EARTHDAY.ORG motivated the Ministry of Education in Oman to call upon all its schools in the Sultanate for environmental actions.

Not only, but also Morocco, Sudan, Israel, Palestine, UAE, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan show case real action to save our mother Earth.

Together, we can Restore Our Earth

Earth Day is a unique opportunity to again create a catalytic moment that will advance real solutions and protect the environment for ourselves and future generations.

To restore our Earth, we have to make big changes. The global COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the necessity for environmental movements, and with your support we can work to prevent the next environmental disaster.

In the Middle East and North Africa region, we’ve seen lives uprooted by COVID-19, but also deforestation, desertification, water pollution and, of course, climate change. Climate change has led to drought, monsoons, flooding, food insecurity and more.

In 2020, we celebrated our 50th Earth Day, but even with fifty years under our belt, we’re still just getting started. At EARTHDAY.ORG, restore our Earth means protecting the livelihoods of all species including humans, communities and ecosystems. We’re tackling climate head on, engaging in scientific education campaigns, working on biodiversity and restoration projects and curbing plastic waste and pollution, but we can’t do it alone. The MENA region is an integral part of the global EARTHDAY.ORG network, and we’re calling on everyone to rise up and come together to act and make sustainable changes to protect the earth that we all live on. Earth Day is not a day, but a movement.

You can be a part of Restore Our Earth 2021

In conjunction with youth climate groups, EDO is organizing mobilizations around the world with sister marches in hundreds of cities. Clergy across the globe, inspired by the youth climate movement, are engaging in worship services that bring creation care themes and the moral imperative to act on climate change to the forefront.

EDO is also creating millions of avenues for civic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa countries and working with decision-makers, including policy makers, local, regional and national governments and corporate sector leaders, to reach a diverse network of citizens around the world.

Education is the key to progress. The environmental education has been the fuel of the movement since first Earth Day 1970. Teach-ins empowers individuals and communities with knowledge to take action and promote sustainable solutions. It also create a platform for students and educators in the Middle East to always learn new methods and techniques to tackle local environmental issues and engaging in possible resolutions. EARTHDAY.ORG develops various downloadable, customizable resources to advancing all efforts to Restore Our Earth 2021. Learn more here.

EARTHDAY.ORG 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. Learn more here.

Earth Challenge 2020 seeks to become the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign by developing a new mobile application for data collection, and a platform for global citizen science data. Through the mobile app, Earth Challenge 2020 empowers people around the world to monitor threats to environmental and human health in their communities. Learn more here.

The Great Global Cleanup is campaign in the Middle East and North Africa region to remove thousands of pieces of trash from neighborhoods, beaches, rivers, lakes, trails, and parks reducing waste and plastic pollution, improving habitats, and preventing harm to wildlife and humans. Learn more here.

Since 1970, the endeavor for moral, religious, and justice issues has become inextricably linked to the protection of our environment. EDO has engaged faith partners world-wide through a variety of campaigns.

From organizing an interfaith dialogue on climate change between Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy, working with India’s Sikh community to reduce plastic consumption and waste in their temples, to our work with the Vatican, EARTHDAY.ORG is committed to further engaging communities of faith for Earth Day 2021. Learn more here.

Artists for the Earth is a collaborative campaign for artists that are using the power of their art to heighten awareness, increase relevance in everyday lives, mobilize action and illuminate the pathway to change for our planet and hope for the future. Learn more here.

Contact EarthDay.org – MENA

Rusul Al Shihab
Director for Earth Day in Middle East and North Africa
[email protected]  

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What can you do

Help build the largest, most diverse global mobilization in defense of the environment.

EDO will feature and highlight the actions of all groups and individuals working on Earth Day activities leading up to, on and after Earth Day 2021.

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