Earth Day 2021 Is Shaping up To Be the Most Influential One Yet
Earth Day 2021 promises to pack some extra power with a 1-2-3 punch to throw in the fight against climate change. Tripling down on the call for environmental reform to combat global warming, EarthDay.org is uniting global partners and environmentalist leaders everywhere for a 3-day Earth Day Live virtual event to advance climate action!
TUESDAY, April 20
To kick off Earth Day 2021, Earth Uprising will be leading the Global Youth Climate Summit on Tuesday, April 20th. It will be a 4-hour digital summit with panels, discussions, and inspiring messages, featuring the youth climate activists of today such as Greta Thunberg, Licypriya Kangujam, and Alexandria Villaseñor.
Later in the evening, the We Shall Breathe Virtual Summit, presented by the Hip Hop Caucus and partners, is scheduled to convene in the evening for an online event that will explore the connection between social, racial, and environmental (in)justice.
WEDNESDAY, April 21
The ecological issues facing the world right now are largely the result of the environmental ignorance of the general public. But we can no longer afford to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the fact that human behavior increasingly destroying our planet. Long-lasting practical solutions will require educating the public and raising global awareness of the climate crisis.
On Wednesday, Education International will feature renowned activists from every continent on Earth at their Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit. This multilingual digital summit will span over several time zones, placing a focus on why we need transformative climate education right now and highlight the vital role that the environmental educators of today (like you) can play in spreading the green message far and wide.
THURSDAY, April 22
The COVID-19 pandemic may be preventing people from physically gathering en-masse and in-person, but no amount of social distancing measures will stop the world from coming together in support of the planet on Earth Day 2021.
On Thursday, April 22nd, President Biden will be hosting up to 40 world leaders, including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China, for a Global Climate Summit 2021. At the same time, millions of individuals on every continent will be connecting online for the Earth Day Live 2021, an all-day event with workshops, panel discussions, and special performances featuring today’s most prominent environmental leaders and activists. Centered on the theme “Restore Our Earth,” this parallel summit for the people will cover environmental matters such as natural processes, the rise of climate restoration technologies, environmental literacy, regenerative agriculture, reforestation efforts, environmental justice, citizen science, cleanups and many more topics designed to spark the minds of innovative thinkers all over the world.
Important Earth Days of the Past
Earth Day has been uniting people all across the globe to help solve the major environmental issues facing our world. It serves as a catalyst for greener legislation, and is the foundation for the thriving green consumer market that we have today. With Earth Day Live 2021 and the Biden Administration’s Global Climate Summit poised to make this year’s annual celebration one for the (digital) ages, now is a proper time to reflect on some of the most influential Earth Days of the past 51 year history.
1970: The Original Earth Day
In the late 1960s the American public found itself face-to-face with an historic pollution crisis, decades in the making, after images of the Lake Erie Fire and Santa Barbara oil spill jolted the country awake from its environmental slumber. These shocking images led 20 million Americans to come together to demand a cleaner, healthier environment on April 22nd, 1970 on the very first Earth Day. This show of support for the planet from 10 percent of the U.S. population was so incredible that the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passing of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Acts are widely credited to the original Earth Day of 1970.
1990: Earth Day Goes Worldwide
With a shift in focus toward climate change and renewable energy in 1990, this was the year that gave birth to what many refer to as the modern day Earth Day movement. By this point, Earth Day’s rapidly growing popularity had largely outgrown its American borders. This was incredibly apparent in 1990 when 200 million people in 141 countries came together on April 22nd in support of the planet. Earth Day 1990, not only raised global awareness about recycling, it also influenced the formation of the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
2010: A Billion Acts of Green was Launched
Celebrated in 192 countries, this Earth Day saw more than 250,000 people gather for a climate rally in Washington DC and the first community trash pick-up in Kolkata, India. But what Earth Day 2010 will most be recognized for is the launch of A Billion Acts of Green, the world’s largest environmental service campaign in which participants the world over were asked to just do one thing for the planet.
2016: The Signing of the Paris Agreement
Evidence of the symbolic power of the Earth Day movement, the United Nations chose April 22nd, 2016 as the day in which 175 world leaders would commit to climate action by signing the Paris Climate Agreement. With so many leaders coming together for this landmark agreement, this Earth Day event in 2016 currently holds the record for most world leaders to ever to sign an accord in a single day.
2020: Earth Day Goes Digital due to COVID-19
This is the year that Earth Day turned 50. But 2020 will most likely always be remembered most for the COVID-19 pandemic that brought the world to a screeching halt as more than one-third of the planet went into lockdown to slow the spread of the virus. But no amount of social distancing measures was going to stop millions of green-minded individuals from coming together to support the planet. But since they could no longer move forward with the large rallies, conferences, and outdoor activities that were scheduled for Earth Day’s golden anniversary, organizers shifted their energy away from in-person events and turned the celebration into a massive online affair with the very first Earth Day Live virtual event ever.
Earth Day is Every Day with Plastic-Free Swaps:
The state of our natural world is in chaos. Infectious diseases, greenhouse gas emissions, ocean temperatures, food waste, plastic waste, and global population are all on the rise. All the while the Earth’s forests, biodiversity, and polar ice caps are decreasing. So it’s fitting that the theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore our Earth.”
Living a zero-waste lifestyle is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways in which you can help heal the planet. Nowadays, you can find an eco-friendly alternative for all of your everyday household items at sustainable shops like ZeroWasteStore.
You can do your part to Restore Our Earth with sustainable swaps that will clean up your act for Earth Day 2021!
Earth Shampoo Bar
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Loofah Scrubber Bundle
Disposable dish sponges and plastic bath loofahs are an environmental nightmare. Turn the final page on this plastic horror story by swapping them out with a bundle of completely compostable loofah scrubbers made from 100% plant fiber.
Eco-strips Laundry Detergent
These ultra-concentrated detergent strips are lean, green, cleaning machines. Swap out your chemical-laden, non-biodegradable conventional detergent with a zero-waste alternative that keeps your clothes, body, and planet healthy & fresh.
Organic Cotton Cloth Wipes
Wipe your nose without fear of wiping out the forest. With this 12-pack of reusable Organic Cotton Cloth Wipes, you can eliminate countless boxes of the paper tissue, facial cloth, and napkin waste you would otherwise create each year.