More than just Earth Day, today is the 50th anniversary of the grassroots movement inspired by the environmental crisis, already evident back in 1970. As much as 10% of the American population participated in grassroots events protesting environmental ignorance and demanding a new way forward. Though small and localized, to begin with, they launched the modern environmental movement we know as Earth Day. It is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event, engaging over a billion people each year.
They paved the way for millions of voices to be heard, and lead to the enactment of several environmental laws and global change over the past 50 years.
We are not done yet. This year’s theme is about ACTION.
“The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.”
BIG Changes for Earth Day this year
Firstly, because of COVID-19, all events will be virtual with plans to flood the digital landscape. You can still get involved and make a difference. Another big difference is the inspiring changes that have occurred due to current worldwide restrictions. We have seen what a difference altering human activity can make, from an observable reduction in smog, changes in animal behaviour to signs of a very fruitful breeding season. While these changes may not be permanent as restrictions lift, the environmental improvements are heartening evidence of what we can accomplish.
How to get involved from home this Earth Day
EarthDay.org is planning a full day of action and offers several ways to take action. You can still have your voice heard. You can be more connected in a different way through digital media. Visit EarthDay.org to see how you can get involved, educate others and add your voice to the call for change.
Stay tuned to Earth Day live on April 22.