Earth Day 2020
I find it very ironic that Earth Day would fall at the peak of a Global Pandemic like never before seen on Earth. With the current Global Pandemic taking up 99.9% of our daily lives, I’ll be the first to admit, it is rather difficult for us to focus on Earth Day! With such unprecedented mayhem spewing out of every media outlet known to mankind, it’s very easy to overlook the importance of a Day intended to avoid the drama and darkness the World is living today.
I believe it’s very important to educate our audience about Earth Day, the intentions and origins:
EARTH DAY 2020 THEME: CLIMATE ACTION
The enormous challenges — but also the vast opportunities — of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.
At the end of 2020, nations will be expected to increase their national commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The time is now for citizens to call for greater global ambition to tackle our climate crisis. Unless every country in the world steps up – and steps up with urgency and ambition — we are consigning current and future generations to a dangerous future.
Earth Day 2020 will be far more than a day. It must be a historic moment when citizens of the world rise up in a united call for the creativity, innovation, ambition, and bravery that we need to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a zero-carbon future.
BUILDING ON THE EARTH DAY LEGACY
The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement into force.
“Despite that amazing success and decades of environmental progress, we find ourselves facing an even more dire, almost existential, set of global environmental challenges, from loss of biodiversity to climate change to plastic pollution, that call for action at all levels of government,” said Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 and Earth Day Network’s Board Chair Emeritus.
“Progress has slowed, climate change impacts grow, and our adversaries have become better financed,” said Earth Day Network president Kathleen Rogers. “We find ourselves today in a world facing global threats that demand a unified global response. For Earth Day 2020, we will build a new generation of environmentalist activists, engaging millions of people worldwide.”
WhosGreenOnline.com says; “Thank You” to the 20 million Americans who took to the streets to protest environmental ignorance! Can you imagine the Earth today without the awareness initiated on April 22, 1970? I do believe, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Corona Virus, Plastic Pollution, Global Warming, Overpopulation, have something in common! TRUTH
Perhaps the environmental ignorance still exists today, On 2nd thought, with 7.5 billion people today and 10 billion by the year 2050, it absolutely exists?
“Earth Provides Enough to Satisfy Every Man’s Need, Not Every Man’s Greed”– Mahatma Gandhi