Press Release


January 22, 2020, Washington DC/Boston, MA—Earth Day Network, which coordinates the annual Earth Day, is today delighted to announce that Design for Change has become a key partner for 2020. 

Design for Change, a nonprofit program that helps students brainstorm, plan, and execute community change projects in their cities, joins thousands of other groups and entities world-wide dedicated to make stepped-up environmental action a corner stone in this crucial year. 

Kathleen Rogers, President of the Earth Day Network, said: “I am delighted to welcome Design for Change into the Earth Day family and am sure that together we can make 2020 a year that can help change the course of history”. 

“From climate change and the loss of species to rising waste in our rivers, seas and oceans the world and its people are facing major challenges that threaten lives, livelihoods and the very health of our planet. 2020 needs to be the year when humanity truly starts to turn this around and we are determined to play our part,” she added. 

Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilized over 20 million citizens to demand action on the environmental challenges of the time. 

Today Earth Day is observed in around 190 countries and mobilizes one billion people and close to 100,000 organizations. 

The overarching theme for Earth Day 2020, April 22, is climate change. 

Note to Editors 

About Earth Day Network 

Earth Day Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with close to 100,000 partners in nearly 192 countries to build environmental democracy.  

More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Earth Day Network works through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.  For more information, visit 

About Design for Change  

Design for Change is a nonprofit that facilitates a design process for middle school aged students to work in teams to investigate social issues, brainstorm solutions, develop action plans, and implement their ideas. Teams who complete projects submit their projects to DFC by May 15th for a chance to represent the US at the annual Design for Change Global Conference. 

For More Information Please Contact– Kira Heeschen Education Coordinator, at [email protected]  

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For more information about Design for Change please contact Sanjli Gidwaney, Director, at [email protected]