Press Release


January 22, 2020 – Washington DC/Bonn — Earth Day Network, which coordinates the annual Earth Day, is delighted to announce that ICLEI has become a key partner for this year. The organizations will elevate the climate leadership of local governments and advance sustainable solutions through engaging cities around the world and their millions of inhabitants for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development, joins thousands of other groups and entities world-wide dedicated to make stepped-up environmental action a cornerstone in this crucial year.

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

She added: “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.”

“50 years ago, the first Earth Day motivated over 20 million people to take to the streets to protect our environment. Today we are seeing that mobilization once more against climate change, and ICLEI is proud to partner with Earth Day Network to celebrate the power of people to organize for the planet,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI. “Earth Day’s 50th anniversary is the chance for us to take action to protect all of our environment, while at the same time celebrating the beautiful planet we have inherited.” 

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 action on climate change.

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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 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability  

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability. 

For More Information Please Contact– Nick Nuttall, Strategic Communications Director/Deputy Spokesperson, Earth Day Network on e-mail: [email protected]

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For more information about ICLEI, please contact – Ariel Dekovic, Head of Global Communications, on email: [email protected]