Global Press Briefing: Six Months to Earth Day
To mark the six-month countdown to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020), Earth Day Network and partners issued major announcements on a worldwide press call on October 22, including the launch of the global mobilization EARTHRISE.
“If humans are to stand even the slightest chance of meeting the 1.5 degree Paris climate target, 2020 must be the year of peak carbon. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day must mark a true inflection point,” said Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day and board chair emeritus of Earth Day Network.
Introducing Newest Global Advisory Committee Member: Zac Efron
In marking the six-month countdown to the 50th anniversary, Earth Day Network also announced the addition of Zac Efron, actor and environmental advocate, to the Earth Day Network Global Advisory Committee for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with the Earth Day Network for their upcoming 50th anniversary. No matter who you are or where you live, we can all be doing more.”
Efron joins such global luminaries as Sir Richard Branson, Founder of the Virgin Group; Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environmental Policy and Social Initiatives at Apple; Ricky Kej, Grammy Award-winning musician and environmental advocate; Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of African Wildlife Federation, and Maya Lin, artist and architect, to serve on the Global Advisory Committee for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Calling the World to Action with EARTHRISE
In 1970, 20 million individuals took to the streets to demand greater protections for the planet for the world’s first Earth Day. 50 years later, the world will do it again through EARTHRISE, an intergenerational global movement for climate action to mobilize individuals around the world. EARTHRISE will mobilize millions to act on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
“The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher,” says Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network. As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th Anniversary in April 2020, nature faces enormous challenges from biodiversity loss, pollution, degradation of our ecosystems, and climate change. For many reasons, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will mark a pivotal year for our planet, Rogers adds.
The audio for the call is available here.