Earth Day will take place online again this year. The plus side of this kind of digital celebration is that you can watch Earth Day summits and take part in climate action happening all over the world from the comfort of your living room.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth.” There will be a significant focus on how, over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that society can adapt to massive changes in our day-to-day lives. Thus, proving the social, political, and cultural shifts necessary to prevent further climate collapse is possible if legislative action is taken with an adequate level of urgency. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. Now the pandemic is, hopefully, nearing its end, let’s not return to our old, destructive ways, but create new sustainable habits.
1. Earth Day LIVE: April 22nd at noon EST
On earthday.org, Earth Day’s official website, the global digital live show will stream all afternoon. It will run alongside the Biden administration’s groundbreaking global climate summit in Washington DC. There will be workshops, discussion panels, and performances from grassroots activists, industry leaders, and climate change influencers.
For full schedule of events and list of participants, please click here.
The Earth Day Live stream will be viewable on the website. Also, it will be simulcast across major streaming platforms such as Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch to engage with broader audiences. Partner organisations and an extensive network of major websites will be embedding the live stream as well.
2. Run or Walk For Climate Action: April 17th to April 25th
We ACT for Environmental Justice, an organisation calling for environmental justice for people of colour and low-income families in New York, is hosting a virtual 5k race over the week that Earth Day falls on as a fundraising initiative. By extending the race over the week, you can collate your kilometers out over a period of days using your 1 hour of exercise or jog a couple of loops around your neighborhood in one go. Either way, this is a great way to stay active and raise awareness during the lockdown. We ACT have a minimum donation of $30.00 that goes towards registering for the race, or you can donate or fundraise as much as you would like. They also invite those who cannot afford to register to join in regardless and spread awareness for the charity and climate action more generally.
For more information on We ACT for Environmental Justice, please click here.
For further event details, please click here.
3. Livestream the Leaders Summit on Climate Change
On April 22nd and 23rd, President Biden has invited 40 of the world’s most influential leaders to virtually take part in a global summit focusing on climate action. You can watch our world leaders try and coordinate a planet-wide strategy to combat climate change in real-time as the event is being live streamed. Key topics on the docket will be incentivizing private and public sector entities to invest in the goal of net-zero carbon emissions within the decade, the economic advantages of climate action, and developing transformative technologies.
To read the White House’s official statement regarding the summit and its goals, click here.
To learn more and access the live stream link at the time of the event, click here.
4. Watch Greenrock’s Earth Hour Live Broadcast on Youtube
On April 1st, Greenrock hosted a 2-hour long virtual broadcast highlighting the environmental issues and initiatives specific to Bermuda. The broadcast features speakers, interviews with the public and informative discussions on Bermuda’s future as a more sustainable country. Watch local activists shed light on important and pressing issues unique to our island, such as the Belco Air pollution and accessible recycling options.
Watch the national broadcast on Youtube by clicking here.
For more information on Greenrock and how you can take local action, click here.
5. Scroll through Earthrise: In Honor of Earth Day
Emergence Magazine is a cutting-edge literary space that records the stories of the climate emergency. They have created an immersive open feature on their website using audio and imagery from Emmanuel Vaughn-Lee’s movie about the 1968 Apollo 8 mission to the moon. Man saw Earth in its entirety for the first time aboard this spacecraft. It explores how we shape our understanding of this planet and our relationship to it through this space mission, the videos and photographs taken while aboard Apollo 8, and the proceeding interviews back on Earth. It is an immersive digital experience.
To experience the article, click here.
To find out more about Emergence Magazine and subscribe to their print editions, click here.