Press Release


Wave of Global Engagement Building for Landmark Earth Day 2020

February 12, 2020 Washington DC—Earth Day Network, which coordinates the annual Earth Day, is today delighted to announce that the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) has become a key partner for 2020.

NCSE, whose mission is to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making, 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 NCSE 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.

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of NCSE, said: “The importance of science is as integral today as it was to the first Earth Day in 1970. As we look towards the largest mobilization of action and support for the environment in 50 years, NCSE remains focused on the value and use of science to inform durable environmental policies. NCSE is thrilled to partner with Earth Day Network to engage the power of our community to make an impact in this monumental year for Earth Day and the importance of science.”

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.

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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 Council for Science and the Environment

The mission of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) is to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision-making. NCSE fosters collaboration between the institutions and individuals creating and using environmental knowledge, including scientists in higher education and decision-makers at all levels of government, to strengthen the role and increase the use of science in decision-making.

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

For more information about NCSE, please contact Michelle Wyman, NCSE Executive Director, at [email protected].