Press Release


January 31, 2020, Washington DC—Earth Day Network, which coordinates the annual Earth Day, is today delighted to announce that National League of Cities has become a key partner for 2020.

National League of Cities, who serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages, and towns it represents, 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 National League of Cities 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 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. 

About the National League of Cities (NLC)

The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people. They are nonpartisan advocates for members in cities, towns, villages, and municipalities nationwide. They aim to connect local governments, local leaders, and members to meet common goals.

For More Information Please Contact– Nick Nuttall, Strategic Communications Director/Deputy Spokesperson, Earth Day Network, [email protected], or [email protected]

For more information about NLC please contact Cooper Martin, Director, Sustainability of Solutions, [email protected]