Campaign… Crowdsource… Take Community Action… Take Individual Action… Educate
The Energy Savings Trust looks at “the world’s largest environmental campaign, taking place over three days”:
The Independent has a really good look today at what’s on offer over those three days – plus suggests some actions: here are a few snippets: otherwise, click on the link below:
Earth Day 2021: Five ways to help save the planet
Climate activists have not been able to organise as many in-person strikes and meetings to mark Earth Day this year due to local lockdown restrictions, but that does not mean the movement has gone away.
Earth Uprising are hosting a virtual youth climate summit in collaboration with hundreds of activists around the world. The summit begins at 2.30pm EST on 20 April and can be viewed here
Later on the same day, the Hip Hop Caucus and its partners will host the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit to examine climate and environmental justice. The summit begins at 7.00pm EST on 20 April and can be viewed here
Education International are leading the “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit” calling for transformative climate education. You can follow the summit here from 7.00am EST on 21 April.
Following on from an entirely virtual programme in 2020, a second Earth Day Live is going ahead this year and features prominent speakers. The full programme for Earth Day live, which begins at 9am EST, can be viewed here.
There are also thousands of local events taking place too, both online and in person, which can be viewed on this map.
Help scientists and other experts to tackle the climate crisis from the comfort of your home by taking part in an online crowdsourcing project. Volunteer for people-powered research at Zooniverse — you don’t need any specialist background or training.
3. Take community action
As lockdown restrictions ease, local environmental projects offer a great opportunity to re-engage with your community while taking action on the nature and climate crisis. For other ideas for environmental community projects, take a look at the toolkit created by Earth Day organisers.
4. Take individual action
Earth Day also offers us an opportunity to reflect on the impact our individual lifestyle choices are having on the environment.
While both systemic and individual changes and needed to tackle the climate crisis, research has shown that people are more likely to support systemic action if those advocating it have a low carbon footprint.
There’s no better time to brush up on your knowledge of the climate and environment crisis than Earth Day. Nasa’s climate change website is full of resources including fact sheets, videos, quizes and social media resources to learn more about the crisis.