Earth Day 2021 After a critical year for COVID and climate is Thursday

Earth Day 2021 After a critical year for COVID and climate is Thursday

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Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0700

Earth Day lands in a year in which the globe was in the grips of a deadly pandemic and climate change sparked a cascade of calamities


Our planet’s very own holiday is coming later this week.And in a year in which a deadly pandemic has had the globe in its grip and climate change helped spark a cascade of calamities from raging wildfires to a ferocious hurricane season, the focus of this year’s Earth Day couldn’t be more timely. “At the heart of Earth Day’s 2021 theme, Restore Our Earth, is optimism, a critically needed sentiment in a world ravaged by both climate change and the pandemic,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of theme of “Restore Our Earth” focuses on restoring the world’s ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking.

“This year, we are also supporting local communities and areas that are disproportionately affected by environmental issues,” according to Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22, is the most-widely observed secular holiday across the globe. It’s an event “celebrated around the world when people take time to appreciate humankind’s connection to the Earth and to raise awareness of our environmental challenges,” according to the Earth Day Initiative. a New York City-based non-profit group.John Oppermann, executive director of the Earth Day Initiative, said that “with each passing day, the urgency for climate action grows, and we are running out of time.

This is a pivotal year for our global community to acknowledge and respect the science of climate and COVID.”Like last year, most Earth Day events this year will be online because of the pandemic.”Most of our Earth Day events will be virtual with the exception of individual and small group cleanups through our ‘Great Global Cleanup’ program,” said Olivia Altman of, formerly the Earth Day Network.Despite the pandemic, “there’s lots of excitement around this Earth Day,” Rogers told USA TODAY.

Overall, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participate in each Earth Day “to build environmental democracy and advocate for sustainability,” according to”Last year, we were able to reach millions through our digital Earth Day Live event,” Altman said.

“This year, with our second-annual Earth Day Live virtual event, we believe we can grow even further.”The global show begins at noon ET on Thursday and will run parallel to the Biden administration’s global climate summit, also set for Earth Day.”Our four-hour event will be action-packed,” she promised.

“Our panels, workshops, films and performances, will include world climate leaders, activists, educators, musicians, influencers and more.” Earth Day turns 51 this year.

On the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, 20 million people came out onto the streets across the U.S., an event that to this day remains the largest civic event in human history, according to Rogers.The decade that followed saw some of America’s most popular and powerful environmental legislation, says, including updates to the Clear Air Act and creation of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.Now, climate change has become one of the central issues of the environmental movement, and climate and environmental literacy is key to that, Rogers said. “Combined with civic education, climate and environmental literacy will create jobs, build a green consumer market and allow citizens to engage with their governments in a meaningful way to solve climate change,” Rogers said.

“ believes every school in the world must have compulsory, assessed climate and environmental education with a strong civic engagement component.”.

Earth Day 2021

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The online networks built last year by EarthDay


org will allow for an estimated 10 million people to tune in for three summits and a second-annual digital live 

A public art piece displayed at the Earth Day-related Green Apple Festival in 2008 in Washington,

[+] D.C.The folks at were hoping for a “normal” celebration in 2021, after the pandemic forced the cancellation of in-person cleanup and other events in 2020.

That won’t be the case again this Earth Day, April 22.

But the online networks built last year by will allow for an estimated 10 million people to tune in for three summits and a second-annual digital live event, the nonprofit says.

Some “normal” cleanups also will occur, with people in the field following COVID-safe guidelines.Anyone can join the summits, which start Tuesday, April 20, on the site along with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch.

The “three days of climate action” are being put on by, formerly the Earth Day Network, in partnership with numerous groups.

They include a global youth summit led by Earth Uprising on April 20 along with an evening “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit by the Hip Hop Caucus, a “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit” led by Education International on April 21 and a second-annual “Restore Our Earth” digital live event with global leaders, activists, actors and musicians starting at noon Eastern time on Earth Day, April 22.

The first-annual event pulled in 8.5 million viewers.

This year’s will run parallel to a Leaders Summit on Climate being held by the Biden administration in Washington, D.C.


Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a press conference on April 18,

[+] 2021, in Seoul, South Korea, ahead of a U.S.-hosted climate summit of world leaders, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The 2021 Earth Day theme of “Restore Our Earth” examines natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems, organizers say.

Topics will include climate and environmental literacy, climate restoration technologies, reforestation efforts, regenerative agriculture, equity and environmental justice, citizen science, cleanups “and beyond.” A Jumbotron facing the White House will help broadcast the three summits, says Kathleen Rogers, president of

“Next year, we’re going to have a blowout on the (national) mall if it kills me,” Rogers says.

Hundreds of thousands of volunteers also plan to be outside for the Great Global Cleanup going on around the world.“Last year, after investing millions of dollars creating an infrastructure, which is now the biggest NGO, local government-based network in the world, it’s paying off,” Rogers says.

Communities across the world are dealing with “extraordinary litter,” she says.

The Ocean Conservancy recently announced collecting more than 107,000 discarded items of personal protective equipment like face masks from beaches and waterways around the world during the second half of 2020.A group called National Cleanup Day that’s also involved plans on breaking records for this year’s Great Global Cleanup, leaders say.After Earth DayChildren use push brooms to sweep a city park during Earth Day in New York City in the 1970s.If you’re reading this after Earth Day, check out an Earth Challenge smartphone app that’s been loaded with Artificial Intelligence, “so over time it learns a lot about the source of plastic and plastic bags,” including what soft drink maker the plastic might be from, Rogers says.

“Our cleanups are just pouring in and people signing up and interested in the app are pouring in,” she says.

The Global Earth Challenge is a citizen science project run by in conjunction with the U.S.

Department of State and the Wilson Center.

“Last year, we signed up hundreds of millions of people, groups, schools, to use the app, then COVID struck,” Rogers recalls.A full rollout of the updated app is now planned for September 2021, focusing on schools, Rogers says.

“It’s still focused on petitions and getting community groups to move from volunteerism to activism.”She added: “We recognize the country’s incredibly divided.

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That means I spent 20 years in print newspapers until the bottom fell out around 2010.

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I received a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University, a master’s in environmental studies from University of Illinois at Springfield and have completed numerous fellowships and been a featured speaker on environmental reporting and social media at a number of conferences.

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– April 19, 2021