Since Tuesday, Earth Uprising, Hip Hop Caucus, Education International, and EARTHDAY.ORG have been busy producing three days of climate action events, designed to bring awareness to humanity’s greatest existential threat and raise ambition across numerous environmental issues.
Tuesday, 20 April saw Earth Uprising collaborate with hundreds of youth climate activists to present the “Youth Speaks Summit 2021”, consisting of panels, speeches, discussions, and special messages with today’s youth climate activists including Greta Thunberg, Alexandria Villaseñor, Licypriya Kangujam, Xiye Bastida, Jamie Margolin, and Vanessa Nakate.
The four-hour digital summit addressed the progress that has been made on their main issues of concern, including climate literacy, green jobs, and environmental justice.
Later the same day, the Hip Hop Caucus and its partners presented the “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit. The event brought together some of the most powerful, multigenerational Black, Indigenous and Brown leaders working on pollution, the pandemic, police brutality, poverty and policy to affirm to the Biden Administration that racial justice and climate justice solutions must come from frontline and BIPOC communities.
Wednesday, 21 April saw Education International lead the “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit“, a multilingual virtual event that featured inspiring teachers, student leaders, prominent activists, engaged ministers, and examples from every continent focused on the crucial role that educators and their unions play in combating climate change and why we need transformative climate education now.
What’s happening for Earth Day 2021?
Thursday, 22 April 2021 marks the 51st Earth Day. EARTHDAY.ORG has gathered a diverse lineup of activists, global leaders, musicians, educators, industry leaders, influencers and artists from around the world for the second annual digital livestream event. Discussions, performances, presentations and films will explore the innovative and powerful solutions to Restore Our Earth.
How can I take part in Earth Day 2021?
Earth Day Live: Restore Our Earth will be streamed live at 12PM ET on April 22 via earthday.org, Facebook (and via Facebook’s Climate Science Information Center), Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, and GEM-TV. The virtual event will be hosted by Alexandria Villaseñor, Founder of Earth Uprising and Youth Climate Activist, and Milana Vayntrub, Actress, Comedian, Writer, Director. For more information on Earth Day Live and Earth Day 2021, please visit: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/
As a part of EARTHDAY.ORG’s partnership with TED Countdown, the digital event will include three original TED Countdown Talks by John Marshall, Cory Combs and Rumaitha Al Busaidi. Additionally, the program will feature segments from Education International’s “Teach for the Planet: Global Education Summit,” Hip Hop Caucus’ “We Shall Breathe” virtual summit, as well as Earth Uprising’s “Youth Speaks Summit.”
“For over half a century, hundreds of millions of people from around the globe have taken political and volunteer action on Earth Day, yet multiple accelerating environmental and health crises continue to envelop our planet, impacting everyone but particularly the poor and vulnerable who live among us. On behalf of the one billion people who will take part in Earth Day this year, even in the midst of a second year of the pandemic, we demand that the talking stop and that governments and corporations commit to net-zero emissions by 2040 with an interim goal of cutting emissions in half by 2030. Anything less will deprive our children of their right to inherit a habitable planet,” said Kathleen Rogers, President of EARTHDAY.ORG.
To see the powerful line up and for more information on Earth Day Live and Earth Day 2021, please visit: https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2021/