It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day tomorrow – join us on April 22nd for 24 hours of action when Earth Day 2020 goes digital for the first time.
Earth Day was originally founded in the USA by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and has now developed into a global celebration of the planet we live in. The first Earth Day was effective in raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes. Today, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities across 190 countries, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.
The theme of Earth Day 2020 is ‘Climate Action’ and, under the backdrop of coronavirus lockdown restrictions across the world, will be going digital for the first time.
According to Nick Nuttall, Deputy Spokesperson for Earth Day 2020,
“Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Earth Day aims to change our behaviours and provoke policy changes so we can protect the environment with increasing urgency.”
How can we celebrate Earth Day this year?
Even though we all need to #stayathome to protect the NHS and save lives from the coronavirus, we can still do our bit to show support for Earth Day 2020. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the digital landscape will be filled with global conversations, calls to action, performances, educational videos and more. Wherever we are, we can all make a difference – even from home!
For example, why not join in on the big turn off for the day? Wherever possible, don’t use your TV, mobile phone or household appliances – and always remember to turn off the light switches! Or you could take on an Upcycled Craft project, an ideal way to apply the reduce, re-use and recycle message in real life. If you have a garden, doing some planting is a great way to give something back to the environment.
Take the Earth Day 2020 Challenge
In fact, Earth Day 2020 has developed its own set of challenges to bring the world together, so we’re setting our own challenge to you – visit https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-challenge/ and see what Earth Day challenges you could take right now. Take a look at a few of them here:
- Do a plastic audit
- Measure your carbon footprint
- Go plant-based for 1 meal per day
- Build a bug hotel
- Get creative with art for the earth
- Pick up an ‘isolution’ for your time spent in isolation
- Go zero waste for one day
- Tag 3 friends and share the news about Earth Day
Whatever you decide to do, we’d love to see your results so please get your families involved and share your earth day challenges with us. You can share with us on facebook or Twitter, but don’t forget to use the hashtag #earthday2020.
Let’s do our bit to make this year’s digital Earth Day the best yet.