Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, an annual global celebration in support of environmental protection. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic is making it difficult to get outside and honor the beauty of the planet.
With the majority of the world’s population in some form of isolation, Earth Day events have been canceled. However, organizations are getting creative and moving the holiday online with free virtual panels, concerts and other festivities that anyone can enjoy.
Earth Day Network
For the first time ever, Earth Day is going completely digital. On the official Earth Day website, people all over the world can tune in for an all-day live stream event featuring messages, performances and calls to action from a group of people ranging from Al Gore and Zac Efron.
In addition to the live stream, there are daily challenges, petitions, volunteer activities and graphics to share on social media to get everyone in your community involved. Earth Day’s social media will also release one action each hour for 24 hours so that individuals can participate in helping the planet.
You can also download the Earth Challenge 2020 app, which is “fueling the world’s largest citizens scientist effort” to gather scientific data around you. The app lets users measure air quality and plastic pollution to help researchers identify regions most affected by climate change.
“While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down,” organizers said.
Earth Day Live
Earth Day Live is hosting an ongoing 3-day live stream from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 22, 23 and 24 across streaming platforms. The stream is hosted by The U.S. Climate Strike Coalition and Stop The Money Pipeline Coalition, which are made up of over 500 environmental organizations.
Dozens of celebrities, politicians, scientists, journalists and activists are participating, including Al Gore, Amber Tamblyn, Chelsea Handler, Jameela Jamil, Jane Fonda, Joaquin Phoenix, Secretary John Kerry, Mark Ruffalo, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
The first day will center around unity and building community, the second day focuses on financial institutions and ways to rebuild the economy and the third day highlights the urgency of political change to help the planet.