Year 2020 marks the 50th year of Earth Day. This year’s theme 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. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.”
It all began in 1970. It was a unified response to an environmental crisis at the time — oil spills, smog and other pollution. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest. To this day, Earth day is recognized as an environmental movement and as the planet’s largest civic event.
“On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.”
Let’s celebrate Earth Day!
Photo by Vasily Lakovlev